We challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!

3rd May 2013 by

We’ve been noticeably chirpier with the spring season upon us and so we’ve all been discussing about ways to start anew and get set for the coming months.  Here at Otesha, we’re closing our winter box and doing a spring clean.
This time around, we challenge you to re-think your spring cleaning!  There’s many ways you can start.  We’ve come up with a list below but if you want to add anything, drop us a line and of course, tell us how it went. We’d love to hear from you.

  • Make your own cleaning products.  It may sound daunting but it’s much easier than you think.  Our ever lovely Jo wrote a blog on how to start.  Check it out here.
  • You may also need to un-clog some drains.  Here are some helpful tips for a more natural way to clean drains. cleaningThrow away those chemicals; they go straight to our water supply.
  • Start by checking out our new and improved “3-Rs” at the bottom of our Fun Action Ideas page.
  • Instead of dropping any unused items and clothing in the bin, drop them to a charity of your choice or consider posting them on freecycle.  One’s rubbish could be someone else’s treasure.
  • Take a look at your air filters – they often need washing to keep things moving.
  • Use the sun to dry your clothes outdoors. On those very *few* days of rain, don’t forget to keep the dryer filter clean.  It makes it more efficient.
  • If you’ve got a garden and are tending and cleaning, consider growing heirloom varieties to help to preserve biodiversity.  And rather than using toxic pesticides, use natural pest control.
  • As the weather is warming (and hopefully the sun is still shining), consider walking or cycling instead of driving. Or, choose the bus/train.
  • Consider removing your shoes upon entering your home.  It’s amazing how much dirt you track through the house and when you take your shoes off it means less cleaning!
  • Adjust your curtains as the days warm up – open them in the early morning and after the sun goes down.
  • It’s difficult to make your large appliances eco-friendly but you can do things to help them be more efficient.

    Fridges and freezers are designed to cool and keep things cool this isn’t want things want to do natural, heat moves into areas of low heat so they are fighting against nature. Keeping your space about 2/3 full in both fridge and freeze means they have less to do as heat moves between the foods, and maximize the efforts of the fridge/freezer.

Do you have more tips for us? Let us know!

Spruce up your spring clean

5th May 2011 by

There’s a spring in our step this month as we challenge to you to make your own cleaning products. Conventional cleaning products are a pollutant and a health risk (just look at the warnings on the labels). So rid your cupboards of chemical cocktails, feel good about what you’re rinsing into your water supply and make your cleaning cupboard an edible one too.

These four natural cleaning products will give you surfaces you really can eat off:

Bicarbonate of Soda

  • has natural deodorising qualities (can be used to remove smells from shoes, sinks, cupboards, toilets, carpets and fridges)
  • mixed with water Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Powder creates an alkaline cleaning paste that cuts through grease (good for cleaning ovens, kitchen and bathroom surfaces)
  • used neat or in a solution of vinegar and water it also works as a stain remover

Lemon Juice

  • also a good deodoriser (particularly good at deodorising smelly kitchen drains)
  • known for its grease-busting qualities
  • removes hard water marks
  • leaves behind a better smell than vinegar
  • works as a metal polish
  • freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice works equally well


  • works much like lemon juice, should be used in a 1:1 mix with water
  • advisable to opt for a subtler-smelling white vinegar (such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • removes limesale and other mineral deposits (fill your kettle and leave it over night to descale it, left overnight vinegar will make your toilet bowl look like new)
  • will make your taps, sinks and ceramic tiles sparkle (don’t use it on marble surfaces)
  • makes the best best window cleaner ever and leaves no smears
  • also brings mirrors and glass up shimmering and shining
  • works as a fabric conditioner

Olive Oil

  • use neat or with lemon juice as a hardwood furniture polish
  • mixed with grape seed extract (a disinfectant), water, soap and lemon juice makes a good car cleaner for both inside and out (as it can be used on both metal and leather)

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