Have you ever stopped to look at how many cleaners you have in your home? And have you ever wondered what harmful chemicals they might contain?
The environment is something that we all want to protect for our children and future generations and with so many things to change in order to do so which can become overwhelming so here are some great tips that Darcy received from The Green House that are simple to do and your kids will have fun making them too!
With just some simple kitchen cupboard ingredients you will no longer need to buy kitchen, sink, bathroom, floor, window, oven and hob cleaners! They are not only eco safe but safe for your little ones to help you about the house! To start your little ones off here is how they can clean all of your kitchen surfaces.
If you have some stubborn stains just make the solution a little stronger by adding more baking soda and lemon or vinegar.
NOTE: For delicate surfaces it is advisable to not use vinegar or lemon juice just use a clean cloth, water and a tiny bit of bread soda.
Want to clean your floor tiles too!
If you would like to clean your floors just add a little more water to the mix in a mop bucket and a touch of Eco washing up liquid and your floors will be sparkling!
NOTE: Don't let Vinegar or lemon juice have direct contact with varnished wood as it can eat through the it, just use baking soda with warm water
So there you go, simple, hygienically clean, chemical free solutions that are not only safe for your little ones to use but are safe for the for the environment too! As you can see my two were only too delighted to get stuck into cleaning and are delighted that whenever we need a cleaner for the house that they can make it themselves safely!
This is a great fun experiment for your little ones (and you!) to enjoy and chances are you will have the ingredients on hand in your kitchen cupboard!
What you will need
Step by step guide
1. Fill your tray / container with the baking soda
2. In your ice-cube tray / containers add some vinegar and some food colouring
3. With the syringe or similar, suck up some of one of the vinegar / coloring mix
4. Squirt the mix from your syringe or similar onto the baking soda mix and watch the reaction!
As you can see from the video above our children had great fun doing this experiment with Darcy and I think it is one that they will be happy to do again and again!
Here's the Science bit!
As the vinegar mixes with the baking soda the bubbles and foam that form are filled with carbon dioxide gas known as CO2. This happens as there is an acid/base reaction, The vinegar being the acid and the baking soda being the base.
At the beginning, when they react they make carbonic acid which is unstable but very quickly it breaks down to make CO2 and water.