Cleaner Cleaning

Greener Cleaning - Our Guide to cheaper, greener kit and methods.

Together, with our cleaners, we researched and wrote this Cleaner Cleaning Guide.  It will help you save money, clean greener and polish your planet-saving halo!

Greening up your cleaning is a simple way to save money and make a positive impact.

Self catering holiday home owners can really take the lead with green cleaning.

71% of people want sustainable stays and increasingly expect owners to deliver this for them. 

By the end of 2024 we’re asking all of our owners to use 60% green cleaning products. 

Just switch, swap, and learn a bit – we’ve done the hard work for you. 

Positive impacts we can make together...

Make our guests and teams happier!

71% of guests want greener stays. 95% of cleaners want to use greener products. Owners always want to save money! Let's deliver it together.

Save money

The primary ingredient in green cleaning is good ol' vinegar. It's super cheap. Following our guidance will reduce your cleaning product bills too.

Reduce chemicals

Let's reduce the amount of chemicals going into waterways and streams.

Reduce plastic waste

Single-use plastics will be banned in Oct 23, but what other plastics removed through more careful consideration?

Keep chemicals out of our bodies

Lower the health risk to our cleaners from continued chemical use. Cleaning products contain EDC's; Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, which have proven to be cancer causing. No thanks!

Step 1. Which products are best?

We’ve been testing products and collaborating with Donna and Sharon who both run their own companies cleaning with green products.

Together, we wrote this Cleaner Cleaning Guide. It will help you save money, clean greener and polish your planet-saving halo!

Sharon, green-cleans 30 houses a week. She’s been doing it for 10 years with happy customers.

Donna and Jan run The Home Management Company and are responsible for cleaning and caring for 20 holiday homes. They have added their thoughts too.

Join us.

Read the pdf and print it here.

 

Our top tips for cheaper greener cleaning

What's in the Green Cleaners Caddy?

Rachel, our founder, interviews Sharon, one of our all star green-cleaners about her favourite green cleaning products for holiday homes.

Sharon explains how she has reduced her costs by 50% compared to conventional supermarket products.

She’s been doing this for 25 years. So she’s tested her methods well!

Bathrooms - cleaning success with vinegar

Vinegar is cleaning gold. It’s super cheap and available everywhere. Increasingly people are turning to vinegar as the most effective all-round cleaning product. And the smell goes in about 10 minutes.

Watch Sharon explain her process of cleaning a bathroom with no chemicals for a sparkling shine.

Dealing with limescale when cleaning for self-catering

Limescale is bad in this region.

Cleaners often use bleach to ‘clean’ dirt, but actually this just whitens it, leaving the dirt still there to get dirty again. It’s a vicious circle.

Removing limescale is a far better solution, but takes a different approach (treat, leave, scrub).

You can do that for the same price and without harmful chemicals.

Tea tannins are epic for degreasing metalware and ovens

Watch this vid about how SUPER strong tea-juice works as a degreaser.  Keep your teabags folkes!

If you have to use heavier chemical-ly products from time to time, then so be it. But try these ways first. It’ll really save you money and still do a great job.

Step 3 - Get Discounts on stuff you might need to buy still - Discounts list

Email us for discount product codes to [email protected]

One company that did well in our trial was Delphis Eco Range. They’re a BCorp too.

The Limescale Remover was the best we tried.

You’ll get 20% off the first order. And 12% ongoing.

Step 4 - Talk about it with your cleaners

First things first…. Find out what products your team are using at the moment.
Ask their favourite products and what’s important to them and you.

  • Help them understand that you’re looking after their health. Make sure you cover chemical exposure and long-term health risks – Heathers article is a good place to start.
  • Talk about:
  • – changing things to be healthier for them and are still effective and quick
  • – that the changes will be swapping products and trying new things
  • – they’ll need to give the natural products time to work, so switch around some things they’ve always done
  • – that these ideas have been tried and tested by cleaners in holiday homes
  • – that these changes help the planet
  • – that their opinion and feedback is very important
  • – discuss storage for bulk products, this may shape your decisions too.

Step 5 - Make your green products available to your guests

Make sure your own guests have access to green products for their own in-stay cleans.

  • – washing up liquid
    – hand-wash
    – shampoo
  • – surface sprays
    – glass cleaner
  • – sponges
    – cleaning clothes etc

Be sure to give the label info on bulk purchased products to them.
A simple weblink is fine.

Showing off your work will reassure guests you’re on the case.

 

This is a collaborative project - let us know any improvements you find

Trial and test, trial and test. Rinse and repeat…

Please email Founder [email protected], when we get new info, we’ll post it here and include it in our owner emails to help keep you updated.

THANK YOU!

 

Cleaning chemicals and health concerns

  • Around 1 in 8 women in Europe (including the UK) now gets breast cancer, a higher rate than 20 years ago. Read more here. 
  • Data now shows that around 1 in 5 young men (from major European countries) have impaired fertility. Men’s exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals has been linked to this problem.
  • More than three-quarters of Europe’s seas are contaminated by a cocktail of harmful synthetic chemicals, according to a 2019 report by the European Environment Agency.

Plastics and chemicals in our waterways. Yuck!

  • This same report also states that in European fresh waters, on average 20% of aquatic species are lost through exposure to a mixture of chemical pollution.
  • In England only 14% of rivers are currently classified as having “good ecological status”.
  • Research has shown that some of the UK’s rivers are contaminated with emerging contaminants such as PFAS; and by hormone-disrupting chemicals used in medicines. Read more here. 

Surely, in our well developed society we can decide this isn’t good enough. It might be for some, but it’s not for us. Let’s take action together.