Best tips using natural cleaning products
If you haven't yet the discovered the power and money-saving benefits of using natural cleaning products, in this article we'll show you how to do even more dirty cleaning in and around the home.
Natural cleaning of stainless steel
Because of their very nature, shiny appliances tend to show up dirt and fingerprints. Not good if you have small children or lazy teenagers.
To keep stainless steel appliances looking good, always keep a microfibre cloth on hand for wiping away fingerprints. Simply wet a corner of the cloth, squeeze the excess moisture out and wipe your stainless steel appliance. Buff with the dry part of the cloth and fingerprints are gone!
Get rid of burnt bits on a toaster by using a little Cream of Tartar mixed with a few drops of white vinegar or concentrated lemon juice and some gentle scrubbing with a soft cloth. This paste is perfect for cleaning stainless, brass and aluminium.
Steam clean your microwave
Toss out the chemicals - you don't need them here! All you need is a bowl of water and a freshly squeezed or concentrated lemon juice. Pop the bowl into the microwave for 5 minutes and then wipe clean.
Natural cleaning products you should have in your kitchen include baking soda, white vinegar, concentrated lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide. See some of our tips for using these natural products in and around the home here.
Oven grime clean overnight
Mix together half a cup of baking soda, quarter cup of water and a teaspoon of glycerine soap. Apply this to grimy areas in your oven - and on the door - and let this sit overnight. In the morning a gentle scrub with warm water and the grime will be gone.
For stubborn oven grease, sprinkle the door, bottom of the oven and oven roasting tray with bicarbonate of soda. Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray the soda until damp and leave this to sit for a few hours before wiping out with a wet sponge. This will get your oven clean without the requirement for harsh chemicals. You will find more tips on cleaning an oven here.
Limescale and hardscale gone
Mineral deposits block up your taps and fittings, such as hand showers and shower heads. Cleaning them is quick and easy and you already have what you need in the kitchen!
Using white vinegar is the most natural way to remove a build up mineral deposits in taps. If you can't remove the fitting, pour vinegar into a plastic bag and secure this around the fitting with an rubber band, or bag closure, for about an hour. Use an old toothbrush or a toothpick to gently remove any stubborn deposits and rinse clean.
For more tips on cleaning your home appliances using natural cleaning products, see our article on eco-friendly cleaning.
Slide your way to freedom
If your sliding windows or doors are stuck, it's probably because the sliding track is full of debris.
While an old toothbrush will save the day, an old electric toothbrush will save the day and more! An electric toothbrush will dig up stuck dirt and make for easy cleaning with warm, soap water. Wipe dry when you're done.
Keep your shower free from limescale, hardwater stains and mildew by cleaning regularly with a spray bottle filled with water, a cup of white vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree oil. As a natural anti-fungal treatment, tea tree oil prevents mould and mildew caused by dampness.