The best environmentally friendly cleaning products according to a professional cleaner

When it comes to cleaning, Sheree Adam knows hers stuff.

The founder of Simply Cleaning Co and mum of three cleans dozens of homes around Sydney every week.

She’s also the go-to cleaner for some of the city’s most prestigious real estate agents, who have her on speed dial when they need a home looking its sparkling best for open for inspections.

Despite the demands of commercial cleaning, Sheree strives to keep her craft green, and has trialed just about every non-toxic brand and home remedy under the sun.

“I am all about eco-friendly clenaing for a multitude of reasons my main concern being for us the people!” says Sheree. “We have so many chemicals on offer and I believe we really do not need many, if any!”

Here, she shares the non-toxic products she never leaves home without:

  • Bositos Eucalyptus oil: 

    “I firmly believe eucalyptus oil will become your best cleaning agent. Either neat [undiluted] on a non-scratch scourer or micro-fibre cloth, or try it added to warm water and applied directly to the surface to be cleaned.I use it anywhere and everywhere – wall marks, bathroom, sticky residue, stains, fresh smelling throughout the house.”
  • Koh cleaner: 

    “You can use it on tiles, in the bathroom, in the kitchen on the floor and even on mirrors and glass. Koh also make great quality mops and brushes too.”
  • Sugar Soap by Selleys: 

    “For the big jobs to cut through grease and grime on walls and throughout the kitchen, inside and outside cupboards - you name it! With this you don’t need to remove residue like you would need to using a cream cleanser, which is a great time-saver.”
  • Mr Clean Melamine Magic Erasers: 

    “These are honestly MAGIC! I use them on stained surfaces, inside cupboards, on walls and on off-coloured tiles.”
  • Vinegar and bi-carb of soda:  "

    The acid will break through soap scum, but the trick to both of these is getting the measurements and time just right. Let it sit and do its magic – but remember it might take a couple of goes to get rid of stubborn buildup of grime or soap scum. And remember to manage your expectations: not everything can be fixed ‘it’s a rag not a renovation’ as a friendly tiler once told me.”

  • Earth’s Choice Cream Cleanser: 

    “Another really amazing product. I use it in the kitchen sink and on tap wear and it really makes them shine. It’s great for the bathroom vanities and bathtubs too.”
  • Microfibre cloth: 

    “Would you believe my main ingredient for cleaning is water? I use water and a microfiber cloth on just about every surface and that does the trick."
  • Lemon juice mixed with tooth paste: 

    “I found this mixture on a scourer works well on rust.”
  • Olive oil: 

    “You also can’t go wrong with some olive oil dabbed on a microfibre then buffed onto chrome, steel or silver finishes to give it a nice shine.”

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