Using natural cleaning products

Here are some home cleaning tips that show how natural cleaning products really do work and they won't harm your health or your family in the process.

Use natural cleaning products to clean a grease-stained stove top or remove hard water stains in the bathroom, these are just a few of the cleaning tasks you can do with natural cleaning products.

How to clean a grease stained stove top

If you are renting a home, especially an older home, you invariably end up with a lot of cleaning to do when you move in. And bathrooms and kitchens are the hardest rooms to get really clean.

If you want to get a stove top clean, mix baking soda in a small bowl with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply the paste to the dirty areas and leave on for about 10 minutes. Pop on some rubber gloves and use a kitchen scourer to gently rub clean.

Remove hard water stains on chrome fittings in bathrooms and showers

Above you can clearly see the shower tap before it is cleaned. Hard water stains can be difficult to remove with everyday cleaning products. For hard water stains in bathrooms all you need is a couple of lemons. All you need to do is rub the lemon on the fixture and rinse. The spots will magically disappear before your eyes. For hard water stains that have been there for years and years, you may have to do this more than once.   

Make your own bathroom cleaner as an alternative to bought cleaners. Fill up a spray bottle half with white spirit vinegar and half with water, and add 10 drops of tea tree oil to keep mould at bay.

Clean burnt pots and pans

If you have ever left a pot on the stove and forgotten about it, you know how difficult it can be to remove burn stains from the bottom. If you pop in some water and vinegar and pop the pot back on the stove to simmer for a bit, it's easy to remove burns.

For burns that have been left for a while, pour in a cup of white spirit vinegar, add a small amount of water - about 5mm should be plenty - and place the pan on the stove. Bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. It will immediately begin to fizz , which means the baking soda is working to break down the greasy burn marks. Rinse clean.

Any stubborn stains left behind can be removed by making a paste with baking soda and water and using a scouring pad.

Remove ugly toilet stains

In a rented home, or where the toilet has been left standing unused for a while, you may find brown stains around the bowl and at the bottom. These water stains can easily be removed by sprinkling the toilet with baking soda and scrubbing with white spirit vinegar.

Remove stains and odours from fridge or freezer

We have all experienced a smelly fridge at one time or another. The easiest way to clean a fridge or freezer and deodorize at the same time is to make up a cleaning paste with baking soda and a small amount of water. Use a sponge to wipe down the interior of the fridge with the paste, and then wipe clean with a cloth. Finish off with a microfibre cloth to remove any remaining traces of moisture.

If you need to remove odours from a fridge, fill a cup half way with baking soda and let it stand in the fridge until the odour has gone.

Clean out blocked or smelly drains

Don't leave this natural cleaning treatment until you have a blockage. If you use baking soda and vinegar once a month in your sinks and basins, you will prevent any build up that can cause a blockage and have odour-free drains. Sprinkle the baking soda on top of the drain and then pour in the vinegar. The drain will start to fizz as the ingredients combine.   Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odour-causing bacteria.   

Manufacturers of cleaning products have a monopoly over what goes on the supermarket shelves, but there are more natural and eco-friendly cleaners becoming available. The downside is that these products can be more expensive. However, there is a simple and inexpensive way to make your own natural cleaners at home and you don't have to buy a bunch of fancy ingredients to do it.

Simply stock up on white spirit vinegar, castille soap, baking soda, and a few essential oils, and you will be able to make just about every cleaner you will ever need.

Not only will your home be naturally clean, you will also be putting less plastic packaging onto our dumps and reducing your toxic footprint.


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