Keeping your house, flat or office clean needn’t involve dozens of chemical cleaners. Indeed, these can sometimes cause more harm than good by releasing chemicals into the air that can cause pollution or exacerbate health conditions, such as asthma. They can also cause damage to more delicate surfaces and materials.
Most of us have plenty of everyday items in our larders that can easily replace specialist cleaning chemicals. They are readily available, cheap and, best of all, completely natural. Here are eight natural domestic cleaning suggestions, courtesy of Cheap Cleaning Services:
1. Think outside the box when hunting for house cleaning products. For example, you can use tomato ketchup to clean copper, or the inside of banana skin to polish leather shoes. Half an onion will help remove rust on old metal objects.
2. Don’t neglect hard-to-reach places. Use small items, such as cotton buds, toothpicks and toothbrushes, such as fridge seals, key holes or air vents. A few minutes’ painstaking work will make all the difference to the finished cleaning job.
3. Clear lime scale from a shower head by placing it in a bowl of hot white vinegar. Ensure the head is totally immersed, then leave for an hour. Rinse under hot water and buff with a duster.
4. Another lime scale tip – for the kettle. Pour half a cup of neat lemon juice into the kettle, then add two cups of cold water. Bring to the boil, then pour the lemon/water away. Refill with cold water, boil, then rinse until you have removed the residue.
5. Keep nasty smells away from the kitchen bin or laundry basket by placing a couple of paper towels in the bottom that have been generously sprinkled with tea tree oil.
6. Place tarnished silverware in a bowl lined with silver foil (shiny side up). Then add hot water and some soda crystals, swirling them round to cover the cutlery. Then, rinse the cutlery under a warm tap and buff with a clean tea towel.
7. Sprinkle salt on your chopping board after you have wiped it clean, to avoid the build up of bacteria on the damp surface.
8. Use a mixture of 25% white vinegar and 75% warm water to wash your windows. Polish them afterwards with a piece of scrunched up newspaper. If there are any streaks left, use a dry cloth to finish the window cleaning job?
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