Helping our oceans

Helping to clean up our beaches

Make your own natural cleaning products

Air fresheners

  • Baking soda or vinegar on a saucer
  • Aromatherapy oil
  • Pour vanilla extract onto a cotton wool ball in a saucer and place in the home, car or fridge
  • Cover the bottom of your cat's litter box with baking soda before adding litter. This will remove the smells for days.

Vinegar cleaning spray

  • Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of water and put it into a spray bottle. The vinegar disinfects and deodorises and it's cheap. The smell disappears once it dries
  • In the bathroom: Use it on the bathtub, tiles, toilet and sink. Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl. Use undiluted vinegar under the toilet rim. Mop the floor with a vinegar and water solution
  • In the kitchen: Cleans the stove top, appliances, counter tops and floor
  • In the laundry: Use vinegar as a natural fabric softener. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar breaks down the detergent more effectively and is kind to sensitive skin.

Lemons in the home

  • Lemon juice dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits
  • Mix lemon juice with vinegar or bicarbonate of soda to make a cleaning paste to shine brass and copper
  • Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt onto the cut section to scrub dishes, surfaces and stains
  • Mix 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice to make a furniture polish for your hardwood furniture
  • Place lemon peel in the garbage can to freshen the bin.

On the carpet

  • Soda water applied quickly to urine and blood on the carpet will remove the stain and smell.

Teamwork makes litter collection easier


  • Use distilled white vinegar for limescale in kettles and toilets. Lemon juice is a fragrant alternative for treating teapot stains.


  • ½ cup (125 ml) borax in a solution of 4½ litres hot water will act as a detergent. Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) can also be used.



  • Use vinegar or lemon to cut grease.
  • A degreasing solution can be made by mixing together ½ teaspoon (2,5ml) washing soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash), 2 tablespoons (30 ml) white vinegar, ¼ teaspoon (1ml) liquid soap and 2 cups (500ml) water.

Dishwasher detergent

  • A mix of equal amounts of borax and baking soda can be used as dishwasher detergent. However, to be on the safe side, contact the manufacturer of your machine regarding the effects of using these products in your machine.


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  • Floyd, E. 1001 little ways to save our planet, Carlton Books, London, 2007