Before popping on your marigolds, check out our tips for cleaning your house from top to bottom with nothing more than baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. Not only will you save a fortune, but each tip will help you keep your home clean and fresh 100% naturally.
Vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice: the secret cleaning superheroes
Because of its acidity, white vinegar is a superhero when it comes to scrubbing grease and grime, simply add to a spray bottle for ease; baking soda cleans, freshens and has proven virus-killing qualities; and lemon juice destroys grease, adds shine to hard surfaces and smells lovely. Add together and you have three natural ingredients capable of cleaning just about anything.!
All three are also cheap and can be sourced from any supermarket.
Get started by blitzing your bog with vinegar spray and leave to soak for a few minutes. Then sprinkle baking soda around the bowl, before scrubbing vigorously with a toilet brush while the soda and vinegar fizzle together; flush to rinse. Polish the porcelain by applying the vinegar spray, let stand, wipe clean and there you have it, a gleaming throne.
Tubs and showers
Bathtubs and showers can get disgusting. Luckily, there are very few bathroom blemishes that can’t be wiped clean with a good splash of vinegar.
Simply squirt all the stains and marks in your bathtub and shower with the vinegar spray. Leave to sit and soak for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water, removing any stubborn stains with a sponge. It really is that easy.
Burnt-on food and oven grease
Shop bought oven cleaners are one of the most toxic chemicals you can legally buy. Rather than spraying the area where you prepare most of your meals with poison, heat your oven to 125 degrees and prepare your vinegar spray.
Once your oven is hot, carefully spray vinegar and sprinkle baking soda over all the caked-on bits of burnt food and stubborn grease. Use oven mitts if necessary, and take your time to stay safe while tending to the inside of a hot oven. Then, turn the oven off and wait for it to completely cool down. Using a damp cloth, scrub away all the blackened food that should now crumble away and voila, one spotless oven.
After months of use the inside of your microwave can look like it’s hosted a food fight. One home-made cleaning agent can get it looking as good as new.
Pour some vinegar into a cup, add a dash of lemon juice and pop it into your filthy microwave. Run it on full power for two minutes. When it’s finished, leave the door closed for a few minutes longer. Open the door and wipe down all the sides with a damp sponge, the vinegar mixed with lemon juice will leave it looking and smelling lovely.
Smelly washing machine
If you need to hold your nose while emptying your washing machine, it’s time to disinfect it.
To do this, mix four tablespoons of baking soda with 100ml of water and put the solution into the detergent container of your washing machine. Throw 200ml of white vinegar into the drum and run your machine on a normal load at the hottest water setting.
The soda and vinegar will breakdown built-up mould, leaving it looking and smelling a lot fresher. When the machine finishes its full cycle, use a clean sponge to rub around the door and seal before rinsing clean with fresh water.
Although blocked sinks are annoying, they’re easy to fix. Start by pouring 8 tablespoons of baking soda down your drain, followed quickly by a kettle of boiled water. If your sink is particularly congested, add 150ml of vinegar into the mix. Cover the plughole to prevent the resulting reaction from bubbling up, then rinse one more time with very hot water and wave goodbye to all the grime.
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