Embrace the Green Cleaning Revolution with Nancy Birtwhistle's Recommended Essentials

Welcome to our latest feature on the refill jar website, where we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on the green cleaning revolution, championed by none other than Nancy Birtwhistle. A fervent advocate for eco-friendly living and the genius behind numerous sustainable cleaning hacks, Nancy has inspired countless individuals to rethink their cleaning routines. Today, we're diving deep into the heart of green cleaning by featuring products that not only Nancy recommends but are also staples in the movement towards a healthier planet.

Our curated selection of eco-friendly cleaning products is designed to tackle your household chores without leaving a carbon footprint. From the power of green bleach to the gentleness of castile soap, each item in our lineup is a testament to the effectiveness and environmental friendliness of natural cleaning solutions. Let's explore how these products can transform your cleaning routine while keeping the earth in mind.

Green Bleach (Sodium Percarbonate)

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Sodium percarbonate, or green bleach, is an oxygen-based bleach that serves as a powerful stain remover and disinfectant without the harsh chemicals found in traditional bleach. Perfect for whitening laundry, cleaning grout, and even brightening outdoor furniture, it breaks down into water, oxygen, and natural soda ash, making it a superb green choice. Dissolve it in water for a potent solution that tackles everything from wine stains to patio mildew.

Wash Soda / Soda Crystals (Sodium Carbonate)

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Soda crystals have been a household staple for generations, and for good reason. This multi-purpose cleaner excels at cutting through grease, unclogging drains, and even softening water. Its natural origin and minimal processing make it an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical-laden cleaners. Use it to deep clean washing machines, freshen up trash cans, or give your cookware a new lease on life.

Bicarbonate of Soda

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A true jack-of-all-trades, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) deodorizes, cleans, and even extinguishes small fires. Its mild alkalinity works wonders on acidic odors and stains, making it ideal for everything from freshening up carpets to scrubbing kitchen surfaces. Sprinkle it on a damp sponge for a gentle yet effective scrubber that's safe on most surfaces.

Citric Acid

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Citric acid fights limescale, rust, and soap scum with ease. Its natural acidity breaks down buildup without harming your appliances, making it an eco-friendly alternative to commercial descalers. Use it to rejuvenate your kettle, dishwasher, or washing machine, and enjoy the benefits of a non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner that packs a punch.

Surgical Spirit (Isopropanol)

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Surgical spirit, known for its disinfecting properties, is ideal for sanitizing surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. It evaporates quickly, leaving behind no residue, making it perfect for cleaning electronics, mirrors, and glass. Mix it with water for a homemade disinfectant spray that's effective yet gentle on your home and the environment.

Vegetable Glycerine

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Glycerine is a plant-based moisturizer that's not only great for your skin but also for your home. Add it to DIY cleaning solutions to prevent drying out your hands, or use it to make your own liquid hand soap. Its natural properties ensure that you're cleaning your home without compromising on sustainability.

Castile Soap

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Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap that's as versatile as it is eco-friendly. Use it to make a gentle yet effective all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, or even laundry detergent. Its natural ingredients ensure that it's safe for your family and the planet.

White Vinegar

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White vinegar cuts through grease, removes odors, and even acts as a natural weed killer. Its acidity makes it an excellent natural cleaner for windows, floors, and surfaces. Mix it with water for a multipurpose cleaner that's effective, affordable, and environmentally friendly.

Eco Washing Up Liquid

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Our eco washing up liquid is designed with the environment in mind. It's tough on grease but gentle on the earth, biodegrading quickly and efficiently. Use it for sparkling clean dishes without the guilt of contributing to pollution.

Embracing the green cleaning movement has never been easier with these eco-friendly alternatives. Inspired by Nancy Birtwhistle's commitment to sustainable living, our products offer a way to clean your home effectively while caring for the planet. Join us in this revolution, and let's make a difference, one clean home at a time. Happy, green cleaning!


1. Homemade Descaler for Kettles and Coffee Makers

  • Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons of citric acid
    • 1 cup of water
  • Instructions:

    • Mix the citric acid with water until fully dissolved.
    • Pour the mixture into the kettle or the water reservoir of your coffee maker.
    • Boil or brew as normal, then let the mixture sit for an hour.
    • Rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
  • Good For: Removing limescale and mineral buildup in kettles and coffee makers, ensuring your appliances work efficiently and your drinks taste fresh.

2. All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Ingredients:

    • 1 teaspoon of castile soap
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
    • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional, for scent)
  • Instructions:

    • Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
    • Shake well before each use.
    • Spray on surfaces and wipe clean with a cloth or sponge.
  • Good For: Cleaning kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces, and any areas needing a gentle yet effective clean.

3. Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

  • Ingredients:

    • 1 cup of soda crystals (sodium carbonate)
    • 1/2 cup of green bleach (sodium percarbonate)
    • 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 cup of grated castile soap
  • Instructions:

    • Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a sealed container.
    • Use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry (adjust for size and soil level).
  • Good For: A powerful yet eco-friendly laundry solution that cleans clothes without harsh chemicals, perfect for sensitive skin.

4. Glass and Mirror Cleaner

  • Ingredients:

    • 1 part water
    • 1 part white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit)
  • Instructions:

    • Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.
    • Spray on glass or mirrors and wipe with a lint-free cloth for a streak-free shine.
  • Good For: Cleaning windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces, leaving them sparkling without the use of ammonia or synthetic chemicals.

5. Heavy Duty Scrub

  • Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap
    • 1 tablespoon of water
    • 1 tablespoon of vinegar (add slowly to minimize reaction)
  • Instructions:

    • In a bowl, mix bicarbonate of soda with castile soap and water.
    • Slowly add vinegar to achieve a paste consistency.
    • Apply the paste to the surface needing a deep clean and scrub with a brush or sponge.
    • Rinse with water.
  • Good For: Tackling tough grime in bathrooms or kitchens, including tile grout, oven doors, and stovetops.