Plastic-free Ingredients for Make-Your-Own Cleaners

Plastic-free Ingredients for Make-Your-Own Cleaners

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Making your own cleaners is probably the best way to avoid plastic waste, remove toxic chemicals from your home and save money.

Here are some tips on finding plastic-free common natural cleaning ingredients...

Pure White Distilled Vinegar

This can be used both neat as a limescale remover and also as an ingredient in many different cleaners.

White vinegar is readily available in supermarkets in 1ltr glass bottles (these tend to be more pricy than the plastic bottles, but still considerably cheaper than buying readymade cleaners). Look for distilled vinegar: Sarson's is a common brand.

For better value, it is possible to buy white vinegar in 5ltr plastic bottles. 

Note: Do NOT use vinegar on granite or marble worktops, natural stone tiles, tile grouting or wood.

Bicarbonate of Soda / Baking Soda

It is also known as Baking Soda and Sodium Bicarbonate. (This is different from 'Baking Powder' which also contains Cream of Tartar)

All good hardware stores should stock Bicarbonate of Soda in cardboard boxes.

Common brand Dri-pak comes in 250g and 500g cardboard boxes, and is available at Robert Dyas and Wilko (own-brand) and online at Big Green Smile, as well as many independent retailers.

It is also available online in bioplastic from The Green Boutique.

Note: If buying online the box may come wrapped in a plastic bag, so check with the retailer before buying if you want to avoid the plastic.

Castile Soap

Available in both solid and liquid form.

Solid castile soap is available at many independent health food shops. The most common brand is Dr. Bronner's which you can find online at Plastic Free Pantry, Ocado and Big Green Smile

Liquid castile soap is available online from The Soapery, the smallest size comes in a glass bottle, and also from Anything But Plastic.

Citric Acid

Good limescale remover. Non-toxic and biodegradable.
More information about Citric Acid as a descaler

Available in cardboard box from hardware stores.

Common brand Dri-pak comes in 250g cardboard boxes, and is available from Wilko (own brand) and online at Big Green Smile, as well as many independent retailers. 

It is also available online in bioplastic from The Green Boutique.

Note: If buying online the box may come wrapped in a plastic bag, so check with the retailer before buying if you want to avoid the plastic.

Soda Crystals

Also known as Soda Ash, Sodium Carbonate and Washing Soda. 

Available plastic-free online from BigGreenSmile.com and The Green Boutique

Essential Oils

A large range of essential oils in glass bottles are available online from The Soapery.

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This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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