DIY green cleaning products

May 28th, 2013 Category: Educational Establishments Office Cleaning

Businesses and learning establishments are constantly being advised to avoid the harsh chemicals in cleaning materials in order to be more environmentally friendly, but getting hold of the right replacements can be a tricky endeavour.

At Nviro, we ensure that all the materials we use in our cleaning responsibilities have the minimum impact on the environment. However, for businesses who want to use eco-friendly materials as a matter of day-to-day best practice, or for learning establishments that might want to educate their pupils on cleaning products, here’s a few ways of making homemade alternatives to harmful household chemicals thanks to, which recently talked to the Huffington Post.

Dishwasher detergent

Commercial dishwasher detergent is full of harmful chemicals and considering most places do at least one wash a day of cups and plates, it is certainly worth looking at. Mixing together sodium borate, baking soda and a super concentrated additive produces the same results in a much more eco-friendly manner.

Window cleaning

Instead of using window cleaning products, a more environmentally sustainable method is simply to use washing detergent and hot water, using the money you would spend on spray to buy scrubby pads, absorbent cloths and a squeegee.


If you want to remove stains, stickers or prints leftover on school tables or company desks, simply mix two parts vegetable oil with one part baking soda and rub off with ease. Alternatively, a scrubbing cleanser can be made by mixing baking soda, dish soap and enough vinegar to moisten it to a paste.

Wood furniture polish

If you really want to make the office or schoolroom sparkle, try mixing a wood furniture polish by adding lemon juice, lemon essential oil, and  vegetable oil. Dab a microfiber cloth into the mixture and polish away.

Air freshener

Finally, get the room smelling nice by making a DIY air freshener. Take a small jar with a cheese cloth inside the ring instead of the metal cover. Then, mix baking soda with lavender essential oil, and breathe in!