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3 do-it-yourself detergents for steel: try eco-cleaning!

Is it possible to reconcile environmental friendliness with the necessity for domestic detergent cleaning? Yes, without a doubt. The results of a recent survey carried out in Italy have led us to suggest three outstanding natural detergents you could use for cleaning steel: home-made, effective, passed down from the wisdom of another age yet highly up-to-date as a contribution to reducing contemporary pollution.

 

Just how much do we care about the environment, its safeguarding and sustainability? The results of a survey recently carried out in Italy are revealing: 35% of Italians say they are worried about environmental conditions. In the list of most urgent threats indicated by those questioned, the first three priorities were atmospheric pollution (44%), industrial pollution of water, land and air (34%) and climate change (30%).

Another revealing fact was this: Italians show a growing sense of responsibility towards lifestyles and behaviour affecting environmental sustainability. No less than 57% of those interviewed believed that the main factor involved in protecting the planet is action by people, individuals, more than any institution or organisation.

A growing commitment and awareness which increasingly highlights the need for each of us in our daily lives to behave in a correct and responsible way towards the environment… and one example is in the systematic use of ecologically compatible domestic detergents.

Thanks to a few simple measures, by using home-made detergents it is possible to stop using traditional detergents and contribute actively to lowering the degree of pollution present in water, air and land. Here’s how to make them.

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3 home-made detergents, eco-compatible and absolutely environmentally friendly

There are two very good reasons to use natural detergents every day: they are totally devoid of surfactants, which as we all know, are derived from petrol, and they do not contain colorants, synthetic perfumes or preservatives, which are some of the most poisonous and harmful substances for the environment.

To encourage an ever more widespread contribution to the sustainability of the environment around us, we offer you three home-made detergents that are perfect for cleaning steel:

  • bicarbonate cleaning cream
  • ash-based cleaning cream
  • white vinegar.

Bicarbonate cleaning cream. Thanks to its many properties, sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3), known normally as sodium bicarbonate, makes a perfect base for making a cleaning cream that removes every trace of dirt from stainless steel surfaces, and also from pans and cutlery.

To obtain a small amount for instant use, mix 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate and 1 teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, or liquid soap, with a few drops of tepid water, until you obtain a mixture that is easy to apply and not grainy. Use a soft sponge to spread this over the surfaces to be treated, and then rinse.

To obtain a larger quantity, mix the following ingredients together, until a homogeneous cream is formed:

100 grams of sodium bicarbonate

1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid or liquid soap

tepid water.

Ash-based cleaning cream. Have you a fireplace in your home? If so, don’t throw away the ashes from a wood-fire (real wood, not charcoal or pellet ash)!

Because ashes make an exceptionally good base for making lye. This process takes a bit more time, but it’s worth the wait: once you have experienced its cleaning powers, you won’t want to use anything else.

Here’s how to prepare this home-made detergent that is ideal for cleaning the bottoms of stainless steel saucepans with crusts or burns, or which have lost their shine.

  • Boil a kilo of ashes in 5 liters of water for 3 hours.
  • Once this is done, leave the mixture to rest, so that the ash forms a deposit on the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Gather the water from the surface with a ladle, taking care not to disturb the ash, then leave the mixture again, and later repeat the operation various times.
  • Take a kitchen towel, tie it over the top of a large saucepan and then pour the mixture from the other saucepan and leave to drain.
  • Repeat this operation until the drained water becomes clear.

The lye you have obtained, known also as “granny’s detergent”, will become an invaluable multi-use assistant for all kinds of household cleaning, not just for cleaning steel. Degreasing, bleaching and disinfecting, it can also be used in washing clothes and cleaning floors.

White vinegar. Are there water stains on your steel surfaces? Just moisten a cloth with white vinegar, and the marks will disappear without need to rub or exert effort. A natural detersive that requires zero preparation and which nearly everyone already has in their home. All the more reason, in this case, why we have no excuse for not using it to do some eco-sustainable cleaning every day…

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3 do-it-yourself detergents for steel: try eco-cleaning!
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Is it possible to reconcile environmental friendliness with the necessity for domestic detergent cleaning? Yes, without a doubt. The results of a recent survey carried out in Italy have led us to suggest three outstanding natural detergents you could use for cleaning steel: home-made, effective, passed down from the wisdom of another age yet highly up-to-date as a contribution to reducing contemporary pollution.
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