Most mums want their home to be tidy, organised and sparkling clean; unfortunately, once you have children, this task seems to get more and more time-consuming each day. From dealing with nappy explosions, picking up endless amounts of toys, to hoovering up the never-ending number of crumbs from your offspring’s snacking; it’s a constant battle to keep on top of your cleaning schedule (if you are organised enough to have one!) Not to mention the added worry of what nasty chemicals are lurking in your preferred branded cleaning products, and what these synthetic ingredients are doing to your family’s health.
Fear not, however; there are ways to stay house proud, without resorting to mainstream cleaning products – why not give the below DIY natural cleaning solutions a try? Not only are they better for you and your family’s wellbeing, but they are also cheaper – a win-win.
This kitchen cupboard staple is the multitasker of natural cleaning solutions. It can be used on so many surfaces, with the results easily outshining any shop-bought cleaning product.
White vinegar can be used to clean;
- Work surfaces
- Tiled floors or walls
- Stained carpets and/or clothing
- Chrome accessories, such as taps
- Your washing machine and dishwasher
It can also be used to treat strong odours in food containers or food waste bins. You can either apply the white vinegar directly to the above surfaces and scrub until clean, or if you want to mask the smell of the vinegar, you can mix it with lemon.
Known for its abrasive consistency, as well as being a natural deodoriser, baking soda on its own or mixed with vinegar can fulfil many of your daily cleaning needs.
Baking soda can be used to clean;
- Ovens – when applied after lemon and vinegar
- Shower curtains
- To polish silverware
Baking soda can also deodorise your rubbish bins, cutting boards, dish rags, sponges, and a litter tray if you have pets.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade – or so the saying goes. However, if life gives you lemons, why not use them to effectively clean your house?
Lemons are predominantly used to clean areas in the kitchen and the bathroom due to their natural bleaching properties. They can be used for the following tasks;
- To freshen sink drains
- To clean the interior of your dishwasher
- To clean chopping boards
- To make chrome surfaces sparkle
- To clean copper-bottom pans
- To remove clothing stains
- To remove grease from surfaces
- To ward off ants
Alternatively, you could treat yourself to a spring clean from The Happy House Cleaning company that provides house cleaning solutions in and around London.
Since becoming increasingly popular in cooking in recent years, most people have a bottle of olive oil in their kitchen cupboard, but this tasty and healthy condiment is so much more than just a cooking aid.
It can also be used for these natural cleaning purposes;
- To polish metal cookware
- To polish jewellery
- To buff wooden furniture and floors
- To polish leather when combined with apple cider vinegar
- To clean rust when combined with lemon juice
- To remove any stickiness from surfaces