Alternative cleaning products around the home
Cleaning: loved by some, hated by most, but a job that everyone has to do. Cleaning products bought from stores can be expensive, and also bulky to store around the home. Some are also harmful to the environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way; your home is a haven for cleaning products, but you just might not know where to look.
Check out our tips below on things you probably have around the house that can do a great job of cleaning.
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Turn up the heat
Did someone forget to use a coaster? Water stains are the bug bear of any coffee table lover. Hold a hairdryer up to the stain and gently buff with a cloth. The stain will disappear right in front of your eyes.
Foil your fashion
Crunch up some tin foil into balls and add to your tumble dryer. This will help get rid of creased clothes, and reduce the need for ironing. Alternatively you can add a few ice cubes, which will turn into steam and help remove the crinkles from the clothing.
The natural cleaner
Because of their acidity, lemons are a natural disinfectant and stain remover, which means there’s a whole host of cleaning you can use them for. A squeeze of lemon juice on a chopping board or counter top will help remove stains; just let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping away. Lemon will also prevent lime scale on bathroom faucets. Rub half a lemon on the required area, let it sit for overnight and then wipe clean with water.
A bit of lemon juice mixed with cream of tartar will create a paste perfect for removing stains from grout. Apply it to the area with a toothbrush, let it do its magic, and then rinse with water.
The clean before the clean
There’s more ways of sanitising your sponges without having to use bleach, which can be harmful to the environment. The heat of a microwave kills 99% of bacteria – soak the sponge in water, pop in the microwave for two minutes and PING! A nice, clean sponge.
Clean the impossible
Microwaves are a nightmare to clean, especially when there’s tough splatters and marks all around the inside. In a mug, mix two cups of water and a half cup of vinegar, and heat it in the microwave. Let it sit for two minutes, and those stains will come off with a simple wipe.