Having a safe, clean home is top mind with everyone these days. Looking for a few tips to keep your home clean, save money, and be environmentally conscious, all at the same time?
And best of all, you might have all these ingredients lying around the house already…
While white vinegar is delicious on fish and chips, it’s also ideal to clean household surfaces because it’s acidic and cuts through grease, mildew and dissolves mild stains. It can minimize hard water stains in faucets and clean your coffee or tea pot too. Just be sure to rinse housewares well so the vinegar taste doesn’t transfer to your drink or food.
Baking soda may be first and foremost for baking, but it also cleans and works well for scouring surfaces without scratching them. For tough stains, create a baking soda paste and apply it for 15 minutes, then clean. Baking soda also absorbs odours so is ideal for sprinkling in kitty litter boxes and the bottom of garbage cans.
Lemon juice is an effective food acid that eliminates bacteria.
Cornstarch is similar to baking soda in that it will absorb stains. Its mild granular texture also makes it great for situations where you need a slightly abrasive cleaner.
Vegetable and olive oil have just the right amount of stickiness to pick up dirt and dust, but still leave a moisturizing coating which makes these oils great for cleaning wood.
All purpose cleaner
For an all-purpose cleaner use ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 2 litres of water.
Hardwood floor cleaner
Hardwood floors can be cleaned with 2 cups of vinegar and 2 cups of vegetable oil put in a spray bottle. Shake well and apply to your floors. Buff with a soft, dry cloth.
Non-hardwood floor cleaner
Vinyl and linoleum floors can be cleaned using 1 cup vinegar, three drops of olive oil and 2 litres of water.
Make furniture polish with a few drops of vegetable oil and ½ cup of warm water.
Clean a carpet stain with equal parts of vinegar and water. For fresh grease stains, apply cornstarch, wait 15 minutes and vacuum.
Keeping your home clean doesn’t just make your home a nice place to live, it keeps your family healthy. If you’ve been concerned about using cleaning products with harsh chemicals, particularly if you have young children and pets, try natural ingredient products and see if they do the trick.