Environmentally Friendly Washing Up?

Self Sufficient Washing Up? Regular readers will know we are trying to make all aspects of life here as self sufficient as possible.  Even the really mundane bits like household cleaning are trying to be carried out as greenly and cheaply as possible.  But no we haven’t found a way to wash up self sufficiently.  We still rely on commercial cleaning tools such as bought scourers and cloths.  But I think we are improving as I have at last found an effective alternative to the humble washing up sponge. One of the last green (ish) cleaning switch-overs here as been […]

Tips For Traditional Cleaning Without Chemicals Green Cleaning Products

Traditional Cleaning Without Chemicals Trying to be self-sufficient? Frugal? Green?  Cheap? Save the Planet? Keep your pets or kids safe? Or do you just want less cleaning products taking up space in your cupboards or to use more green cleaning products? Want to find cool eco cleaning products like the goodbye detergent original spaghetti scrub? Here’s what you need to carry out most of the household cleaning. Casa Dirty Boots Eco Cleaning Products Microfibre cloths White vinegar Liquid or soft soap Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda or Soda Crystals) Salt Mild Liquid Detergent (Washing Up Liquid) Eco Wash Balls or […]

How do You Clean Your Toilet?

I know, its a bit personal isn’t it? But if you’re trying to live a self sufficient life you don’t want to waste lots of money on commercial cleaners.  And, if you’re trying to live a ‘greener’ more sustainable life you certainly do not want to use harsh chemicals if possible.  Similarly, anyone with a bio-digester water treatment system knows that the addition of bleaches and similar products will stop the bacteria doing their magic on your waste.  You can go out and buy commercial ‘green’ cleaning products but you don’t need to.  We find them overpriced and never that […]

Soft Soap Recipe

The ultimate eco cleaner, green cleaner or just plain old cheap cleaner is soft soap.  Commercial liquid soap is just as good but much more expensive and often much less green and eco too as detergents tend to be added to commercial cleaning products. To achieve a more frugal and self sufficient cleaning regime you need to make your own soft soap so here’s how: Basic Soft Soap Recipe Grate a large bar of cheap vegetable based soap.  You can often find cheap vegetable soaps in the laundry section of grocery stores. Mix with four litres of water and simmer […]

How do you Clean your Oven?

February in Casa Dirty Boots is ‘waste less food‘ and ‘spring clean‘ month.  I’ve kept the ‘spring clean stuff’ a secret so far as the house really was a trifle messy for public view! I’m not one of nature’s domestic goddesses but every now and again I enjoy a big clean up and as its spring (sort of) I’m on a mission to make this place sparkle. A great way of incorporating a massive clean-up operation into daily life is to pick a month (you guessed it, mine is February) or indeed a week in which to zap the grime.  […]