Spruce up your spring clean

5th May 2011 by

There’s a spring in our step this month as we challenge to you to make your own cleaning products. Conventional cleaning products are a pollutant and a health risk (just look at the warnings on the labels). So rid your cupboards of chemical cocktails, feel good about what you’re rinsing into your water supply and make your cleaning cupboard an edible one too.

These four natural cleaning products will give you surfaces you really can eat off:

Bicarbonate of Soda

  • has natural deodorising qualities (can be used to remove smells from shoes, sinks, cupboards, toilets, carpets and fridges)
  • mixed with water Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Powder creates an alkaline cleaning paste that cuts through grease (good for cleaning ovens, kitchen and bathroom surfaces)
  • used neat or in a solution of vinegar and water it also works as a stain remover

Lemon Juice

  • also a good deodoriser (particularly good at deodorising smelly kitchen drains)
  • known for its grease-busting qualities
  • removes hard water marks
  • leaves behind a better smell than vinegar
  • works as a metal polish
  • freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice works equally well

Vinegar

  • works much like lemon juice, should be used in a 1:1 mix with water
  • advisable to opt for a subtler-smelling white vinegar (such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • removes limesale and other mineral deposits (fill your kettle and leave it over night to descale it, left overnight vinegar will make your toilet bowl look like new)
  • will make your taps, sinks and ceramic tiles sparkle (don’t use it on marble surfaces)
  • makes the best best window cleaner ever and leaves no smears
  • also brings mirrors and glass up shimmering and shining
  • works as a fabric conditioner

Olive Oil

  • use neat or with lemon juice as a hardwood furniture polish
  • mixed with grape seed extract (a disinfectant), water, soap and lemon juice makes a good car cleaner for both inside and out (as it can be used on both metal and leather)

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