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Natural Cleaning Alternatives

Natural Cleaning Alternatives

Instead of using harsh detergents, or even green alternatives, you could use something found at the back of your food cupboard. No really, I'm not joking. Lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda have been used for many years as cleaning products. They are natural, cost a lot less than conventional cleaning products and are much better for the environment.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a natural substance, which you can use around the house as well as on your pancakes. It can be used in a number of ways:

* Cleans copper and brass.

* Helps to dissolve soap scum in the bathroom.

* Can be mixed with vinegar or baking soda to make a cleaning paste.

* Cut a lemon and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section then use to clean harsh stains or to clean dishes.

. Mix a cup olive oil with cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for your hardwood furniture.

* Streak your hair (bleach) with lemon juice. Use a cut lemon and draw a section of hair across it before going into the sun. Teenagers love trying this trick out.


Various types of vinegar can used for cleaning. It is naturally all round cleaner, but it isn't recommended on marble, and if it hasn't been diluted probably, the acid can eat away at tile grout, so please be careful here. There is no need to worry about the smell of vinegar lingering, as it disappears when it dries. It is always best to test a small sample area first before you try any of these cleaning tips. Here are a few tips:

* Use pure vinegar to clean the toilet. It will get rid of rings easily. Flush after cleaning.

* Pour some vinegar into a bottle (reuse an old bottle for this) and dilute it with water. Use on work surfaces in the kitchen, or in the bathroom to get rid of stains. Please be careful with tiles.

* Dilute some vinegar with water, and use to mop the kitchen/bathroom floors.

* Use vinegar to clean various types of jewellery. Not for pearls or opals though. Use a plastic tub with lid, add vinegar then jewellery, put lid on and let set. Results can be immediate, but leave for a while longer if the jewellery is quite dirty. Seems to be safe with gold, silver and diamonds.

* Hot vinegar can be used to remove paint from glass. Warm the vinegar up, pour some onto a cloth and wipe over the area you want cleaned, and it will come off and also give the glass a shine too.

* Clean windows with a vinegar and water solution, then dry with newspapers to give an extra shine.

* It also makes a great grease cutter, and many people use it to clean greasy pans etc.

* Some people also use vinegar instead of dishwasher products in their dishwasher, and say that things like glasses come up much better.

* To prevent mildew/mould on plastic shower curtains, keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in the bathroom and spray the curtain after every shower, it prolongs the life of the shower curtain.

Baking Soda

* Baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers. Like coffee grounds, baking soda makes a great deodoriser. Place a small dish/box of it in the fridge, and it absorbs any bad smells.

* A couple spoonfuls of baking soda added to your shampoo once a week removes styling product build up from your hair.

* Can be used instead of powder in shoes to absorb bad smells and moisture.

* Sprinkle some baking soda onto the carpet, and leave overnight. Hoover in the morning, and you will have an odour free carpet.

* Use with warm water to clean the inside of your fridge.

* Use also with water to clean the bugs and insects on the car windscreen, headlights etc. Also good at removing scuff marks too.

* Use it to clean your coffee pot, run dissolved through coffee maker and two more runs with fresh water, and it comes up a treat.

If you have any ideas then let us know and we will pop them up here!

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