Monday, January 06, 2014
You may be shocked to hear that without reaching for any of your usual cleaning products, you may well have all of the materials necessary to clean your house... In your pantry! There are some weird and wacky ways in which you can use things that you would not normally associate with cleaning to get the place looking spotless, and to kill harmful bacteria. Why use chemical cleaners that are full of dangerous ingredients when you could be using more natural goods instead? Why pay for brand name prices when there are plenty of ways in which to source and brew your own cleaning products for much, much less? A few hints and tricks can go a long way, but there is a wealth of information on the internet about how you can use various alternative cleaning products to get your home feeling fresh as new!
Lemon is a natural bacteria killer. Its high acidity content will sanitize surfaces with ease, and leave a fresh smell. You can use half a lemon to scrub up plates, or to rub over taps to help the battle against limescale. There is a reason that companies try to cover up the strong smell of chemicals in their cleaners with lemon, and that is because it has a natural clean smell, which is pleasant on the nose as well as being tough on harmful bacteria, grease and grime.
Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda is a carbonated substance when mixed with liquid. This means that it can be used to speed up the reactions used in cleaning, by fizzing away at the dirt involved. You will no doubt find that the increased reaction helps to loosen dirt and is particularly effective down plug holes that have become blocked!
Vinegar, both normal and white is useful as another acidic anti-bacterial. You will see that it can also be used instead of bleach, on the toilet bowl or in the bath, and instead of grout cleaner in between tiles. Mixing vinegar with water to form a less powerful solution will give you a household cleaner that is similar to a regular household spray, and you can use it on many surfaces. Vinegar has great de-odorizing qualities, and is great for getting rid of musty smells of smoke, damp or pets that can permeate rooms and cause all sorts of issues.
Olive oil can be used on wood as a form of polish, in the same way that linseed oil may be used on a cricket bat. The oil replenishes the surface of the wood and leaves it looking bright and rejuvenated. The added moisture will help prevent dryness or splintering, so it is great for older furniture and wooden floors.
The above can be combined in various ways in order to make the perfect cleaner for any situation. There are hundreds of ‘recipes’ online, but here are a few for you to try out, to see if you think they will work with your cleaning... Add lemon and a little white vinegar to baking soda to form a great cream cleaner that will tackle the whole bathroom. You will no doubt need to work on quantities to ensure that you get the right cleaning power, so don’t give up just because it’s not amazing the first time. Try adding vinegar and lemon to taps that are fraught with limescale, then scrub with half a lemon with a pinch of salt and some baking soda on it. The abrasion and fizz should lift it right off!