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The astronomical spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2016 began on Sunday, March 20. It will end on Sunday, June 1. We celebrate by building a big wicker man and ….. no those days are over. Just a few charred photographs left to remind me. All we do now is have a jolly good spring clean. And here’s how to do it plastic free….

In this post you can read about

  • Chemical Cleaning
  • Mechanical Cleaning
  • Buy Or Make Chemical cleaning product
  • Mechanical Cleaning Aids

For cleaning products I use a combination of bought and what I have in the cupboard in conjunction with a bloody good scrub… i.e. both  chemical and manual cleaning

Chemical Cleaning 

Uses the power of chemicals in a solution to remove soils. Soils in this case refers to stains. You can read how alkaline dissolve fat and  why vinegar works here.

Mechanical Cleaners

These are the tools used to loosen, collect  and wipe up up dirt such as brushes mops and scouring pads. Often used in conjunction with chemical cleaners of course.

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Essential Oils

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Cleaning Products – Chemical – Buy or make

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Sponge Cloth Biodegradable

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How to Scrub Plastic Free

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Cleaning products – refill system

Planet Earth offers a range of household cleaning products with a unique refill and reuse system. It works and has been scientifically tested to be as good as the leading brand. It’s ...
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Buckets – metal

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Cleaning products Ecover Refill Liquid Cleaners

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Sweeping Up

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Antiseptics & Disinfectants

This post talks about Microbes Antiseptics Disinfectants Alcohol Bicarbonate Of Soda Vinegar Hydrogen  peroxide Soap Essential oils This is an area where you want to do your own research and decide what level ...
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Bicarbonate Of Soda

This one product can replace hundreds of plastic bottles on your shelves. It does biodegrade. However there are issues about how it is obtained. I say it is a good product but ...
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Dirt, pH balance and chemical cleaning

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How to wash the pots plastic free…..

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Washing Soda? Bicarbonate Of Soda? Or Both?

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Washing Soda

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Soap

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mop and bucket

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Pot & Bottle Brushes

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Washing Up Liquid Soap

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Buy

Being committed to local shopping I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.

If you can’t buy local, please do check the links in the posts.  They link direct  to the suppliers.  Do consider buying from them and support their online businesses.

If you can’t do that then I have put together and Amazon catalogue. Yes I know…

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However these links are for 3rd party sellers, we have always found the Amazon service to be good and their packaging usually compostable. In the absence of anything else we feel we can recommend them.

Mop & Bucket

8 Litre Galvanized Mop Bucket 3x General Use Mops & Brushes Cotton Mop Heads 15/16" Size 14 Hand & Power Tools Lily and Brown Cotton Mop with Handle
8 Litre Galvanized Mop Bucket
£7.99
3x General Use Mops & Brushes Cotton Mo…
£9.34
Lily and Brown Cotton Mop with Handle
BM02 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 225g with Handle Sealey BM05 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 340g with Handle Silverline 509117 Pure Yarn Socket Mop
BM02 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 225g with Handle
£8.88
Sealey BM05 Pure Yarn Cotton Mop 340g with …
£11.68
Silverline 509117 Pure Yarn Socket Mop
£3.01
13 Litre Galvanised Bucket
13 Litre Galvanised Bucket
£7.06

Dustpan & Brush

Faithfull BRBASS11 Stiff Bassine Hand Brush Silverline 794337 11 Inch Stiff Bassine Hand Brush HARRIS VICTORY COCO HANDBRUSH -94101-
Faithfull BRBASS11 Stiff Bassine Hand Brush
£1.94
Silverline 794337 11 Inch Stiff Bassine Han…
£2.94
HARRIS VICTORY COCO HANDBRUSH -94101-
Harris Victory PA359H 12-inch Coco Broom with Handle HBC Broom Head - Plain Stock, Filled Natural Coco 10" Harris Victory PA357H 10-inch Bassine Broom with Handle
Harris Victory PA359H 12-inch Coco Broom wi…
£3.62
HBC Broom Head – Plain Stock, Filled Natura…
£6.29
Harris Victory PA357H 10-inch Bassine Broom…
£3.48
Groundsman 13-inch Bassine/ Cane Broom with Handle Lily and Brown 12-inch Natural Soft Coco Broom Faithfull Pine Handle 48In X 15/16In
Groundsman 13-inch Bassine/ Cane Broom wit…
£8.39
Lily and Brown 12-inch Natural Soft Coco Br…
£6.98
Faithfull Pine Handle 48In X 15/16In
£1.44
Silverline 993059 Broom Handle Bracket Metal 26 - 29mm (1-1/8-inch) Diameter Town & Country 48-inch x 15/ 16-inch Threaded Wooden Broom Handle Town & Country 9-inch Medium Head Deck Scrub
Silverline 993059 Broom Handle Bracket Meta…
£4.13
Town & Country 48-inch x 15/ 16-inch Th…
£4.99
Town & Country 9-inch Medium Head Deck …
£7.00
10" Heavy duty bassine bristle hard yard broom head Town & Country 12-inch Soft Broom Head Metal Hooded Dustpan
10″ Heavy duty bassine bristle hard yard br…
£7.49
Town & Country 12-inch Soft Broom Head
£6.99
screw head
Metal Hooded Dustpan
£10.95
2x Metal Hand Shovels Large size Hand & Power Tools Harris Victory Metal Dustpan Metal dustpan and handbroom with natural bristles, red
2x Metal Hand Shovels Large size Hand &…
£8.45
Harris Victory Metal Dustpan
£9.00
Metal dustpan and handbroom with natural br…
Metal Long Handled Dustpan and Brush Strong Lobby Large Industrial Metal Dust Pan and Broom Rolson 60690 300mm Metal Dust Pan
Metal Long Handled Dustpan and Brush Strong…
£34.99
Rolson 60690 300mm Metal Dust Pan
£7.50

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