What natural cleaning products are best and how to use them?

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What natural cleaning products are best and how to use them?

We’ve compiled a list of DIY natural cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and also very cheap – you’ve probably already got these products somewhere in your house!

It can be difficult to find natural cleaning products that work. But from our research, these all-purpose natural cleaning products provide fantastic results without producing potent chemicals and pungent smells – perfect for everyday cleaning tasks!

 

Vinegar

vinegar

Here’s the main things that vinegar can be used for when cleaning:

Removing smells: A cup of vinegar added to washing up water will get rid of those sometimes hard to shift smells in Tupperware. You can also add a 1/2-teaspoon vinegar to a 4-ounce spray bottle and then fill it with distilled water and add a few drops of your favourite oil. If you spray this on your carpet or your furniture, then it will get rid of smells.

Softer washing: When you add vinegar to your washing it works as a softener, leaving your towels lovely and fluffy!

Cleaner windows: For sparkling clean windows, try mixing equal parts white distilled vinegar with warm water, apply with a cloth and remove with a dry cloth or newspaper.

General all-purpose: A mix of one part vinegar to one part water will create an all-purpose natural cleaner for around the home. Whilst it is not a recognised 'disinfectant', and therefore will not kill some of the more dangerous bacteria, it is strong enough for a lot of jobs!

Wooden countertops: All you need to do here is spray vinegar onto the countertop surface and then it away with a wet, warm rag. However, cleaning granite or marble countertops should be avoided.

Cutting boards: You can clean your chopping board simply by spraying vinegar, and then rinsing it off.

Microwave: Scrub away hard-to-clean microwave stains by placing 1/2-cup vinegar and 1/2-cup water in a glass bowl. Microwave the bowl for around 2 or 3 minutes and take it out when it’s boiling and then wipe away burnt on food

Plastic containers: Coat a dirty plastic container in vinegar and then leave it to sit for a while, then wash with vinegar.

 

Lemons

lemons

Not only are lemons great for cooking with, but they also have natural, mild disinfectant qualities, which can be very handy when using as a natural cleaning product.

Microwave: One of the simplest and easiest ways to clean and remove smells from your microwave uses a lemon! Simply squeeze the juice out of 1 lemon into some water in a microwavable bowl and then place in the microwave until the water starts to boil and create steam – about 3 minutes. Leave the door closed for 5 minutes to let the steam soften any baked on splatterings and then wipe away the (hopefully less encrusted) dirt with a cloth - easy!

Brighter whites: To keep your whites nice and bright, try adding 1/2 cup of lemon juice in with the wash.

Wooden chopping boards: All you need to keep your wooden chopping board clean is salt and half a lemon, and it doesn't even matter if it's already been used!

Bathroom cleaner: Remove soap scum and limescale by mixing one part lemon juice with two parts bicarbonate of soda - apply the paste to the areas affected and then wipe clean after about 10 minutes!

Deodorising: Keep half a lemon in the fridge to maintain freshness and try bringing a saucepan of water and some lemon slices to the boil - a natural deodoriser for the whole kitchen!

Copper saucepan polisher: No matter how tarnished your copper saucepan, scrubbing it with a lemon should make it sparkly and clean again.

Clean the blender: If you’re blender suffers from build-up of food, just blend a lemon with a little dishwashing soap and water to get it clean again.

Stuck on food on dishes: If you’ve got some food stuck on a dish, then grab a juiced lemon and rub a little coarse salt, then get scrubbing – the food should come off relatively easily.

Freshen your laundry: Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your washing load, along with detergent to combat bad odours.

 

Bicarbonate of soda

bicarb

Used a lot in baking, bicarbonate of soda is also a fantastic natural all purpose cleaner which can be used for a multitude of cleaning tasks too, including:

Deodorising carpets and fabric: Simply sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the area and leave for as long as you can - overnight if possible, then vacuum off.

Keeping drains de-clogged: Pour about 30g bicarb down the plughole and rinse through with hot water. Done weekly this can help to prevent blocked drains.

Stain removal: If you like a nice cup of strong tea, but your mugs are looking a little worse for wear with the staining it causes - simply take a damp cloth, some bicarbonate of soda and a touch of elbow grease, and you'll be amazed by the results!

Clean your floors: To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve 100g bicarb in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a shiny floor.

Clean your rugs and carpets: Freshen up rugs by sprinkling bicarb on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably overnight), then hoover.

Microwave: Another alternative to cleaning your microwave is with bicarbonate of soda. Simply add the soda on a clean, damp sponge and gently clean the inside and outside of the microwave. Then rinse well with water.

Grill: Keep your barbecue grill clean by adding some soda to a damp brush, then scrub the grate and rinse.

Freshen up your bins: To keep bad smalls at bay, add a little soda to the bottom of your bins

 

Why not try these DIY cleaning products for yourself? These all purpose cleaners will work wonders for your kitchen and the rest of your home! But if you would rather a professional company do the hard work of cleaning your kitchen for you, then you can request your free estimate with Ovenclean today.

 

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http://www.oetker.co.uk/uk-en/our-products/home-baking/baking-ingredients/bicarbonate-of-soda/bicarbonate-of-soda-tub.html