Four Magical Green Cleaning Products Every Home Should Have

Some of the modern cleaning materials around are seriously scary. Many contain heavy-duty antibacterials and poisons with fumes that are enough to get you in the back of the throat and make you cough and splutter. Just imagine what they’re doing to your children? Or your elderly parents? And your pets?

There are four simple and safe “green cleaning” ingredients that will work hard for you and keep your home smelling clean and fresh — and leave you with a clear conscience.

1. Bicarbonate of Soda

Available at supermarkets and chemists, ‘bicarb’ is a white powder that is fantastic for removing odours, and cleaning surfaces, loos and drains:

  • Keep a small open pot of it in the fridge to soak up old food smells.
  • Sprinkle on carpets, let it stand for about 15 minutes, then vacuum up.
  • sprinkle down drains, pour a little vinegar over … and watch it fizzle up, then wash down with hot water for a few minutes
  • Use dry on surfaces, then wipe down with a damp cloth
  • Make a paste with a little water for stubborn stains on surfaces, leave for a few minutes and buff with a dry cloth

2. Vinegar

White spirit vinegar is cheap and easy to get.  It’s a hard-working, all-round cleaner:

  • Use with bicarb in a spray bottle with water for an all-round, all-purpose cleaner — eg: 500 mls water, 2 cups vinegar, 2 teaspoons bicarb (put in first, then water, then vinegar to minimize fizz!) – and a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
  • Use neat on a dry cloth to wash down pet cages to keep smells at bay.
  • One part vinegar to three parts water will clean floors, mirrors, windows, showers with ease. You can use it neat for stubborn stains.
  • It’s a great water softener – use in your rinse cycle for softer towels, cleaner whites and fresher clothes.  Also prevents mildew.

3. Dishwashing liquid

A good quality dishwashing liquid works wonders – you can use it to clean floors, walls, tiles, bathrooms, surfaces or even to wash the dogs.

4. Lemon Juice

  • Rub some non-iodated salt on your brass and silver, then rub over with a slice of lemon before buffing with a soft cloth.
  • Add a few drops of lemon to your washing up water to help cut grease and leave dishing feeling super clean.
  • Make lemon water: cut one lemon into quarters and steep it in a litre of boiling water overnight.  Strain with cloth or paper towel and add to cleaning spray bottle for a fresh smell.  Rub over your pets coats to make them smell fresh, condition their skins and deter pesky fleas.

Four simple green cleaning solutions.  Safer. Environmentally friendly. And a whole lot kinder on the pocket, too.


Greening Cleaning

For the past two years, Cleaning Africa Services has been researching ways to become more “green”.

At its annual Bosberaad (Indaba) in February 2012, the company proudly announced that it has made a commitment to reducing its Carbon Footprint on the environment .

As of 1st July 2012, Cleaning Africa is going completely ‘GREEN’.

      How green is ‘green’?

  •         Only 100% Green chemicals will be used
  •         Dramatic water savings through the new ‘Waterless Car Wash’ systems
  •         Huge electricity savings with low-pressure hand pumps
  •         Green Waste Removal and Disposal

Two Pilot Sites will be Tested

Starting on the 27th February 2012, two Mercedes-Benz dealerships– one in Bryanston and the other in Constantia – will have all their conventional chemicals recalled and each will receive a different range of green chemicals for testing.

One of these is the Innu-Science bacteria-based range and the other is the Delphis Eco range which is predominantly derived from plant based ingredients. Theses companies have emerged tops from a selection of the latest green products that have been rigorously tested by Cleaning Africa over the past several months.

Car Washing goes ‘Water-less’

In April 2012, a representative of Cleaning Africa is going over to China to finalise an agency for “Waterless Car Wash Carts” and “Waterless Car Wash Chemicals”.  On average, these systems use about one litre of water per car wash instead of the usual 40 litres one would use with a high-pressure washer.

These waterless units are fully mobile and use manual sprayers with a low-pressure supply system that also saves on the consumption of electricity.

Green Waste Disposal

Negotiations are currently underway with a green Waste Removal Company to partner Cleaning Africa for the safe removal of waste products at our sites.


Watch this space for Cleaning Africa’s “Wild Wash”!

SOS Car Cleaning Tips

So there you are.  Saturday afternoon and the Mother-in-Law calls to ask you to drive her to her bridge club.  You’re just back from the bush and your car’s wearing six inches of custom mud.

And worst of all, Cleaning Africa’s closed!  

Don’t panic.  Here are some useful car cleaning tips we’ve discovered for these unexpected emergencies – but please, use with caution, and at your own risk!

To clean upholstery – use mild, soapy water (eg Sunlight dishwashing liquid) and a soft brush.  Vacuum up any excess water with a Wet-Vac.

For hard-to-reach corners – use earbuds and toothpicks.

For shiny-clean dashboard & vinyl – wipe over with furniture polish on a soft cloth.

For little paintwork scratches – rub over with a wax crayon in the same colour as your paintwork and buff off any residue with a soft cloth.  Works well with key scratches, too.

Greasy, grimy windscreen?  Pour a bottle of soda water over it and use a squeegee to wipe off excess.

For blunt wiper blades – sharpen both sides with an emery board.

Out of car wax?  Furniture polish should shine it up just as well.

For dirty hubcaps – scrub with soda bicard and a wet brush then hose off with water.

And lastly, use these tips to make the interior of your car smell fresh and clean –

Refresh any existing air freshners with a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Spray the interior with a quick burst of airfreshner.

Put a sheet or two of tumble dryer softener sheets under the seats.

Cover any bad spills/odours with ground up coffee beans and leave for a few days before vacuuming up.  Smells should be gone, or at least smell a whole lot better.

Sprinkling the carpets with bicarbonate of soda and vacuuming up a few days later also works a treat.