If you take a look around your kitchen and bathroom, how many cleaning products have you accumulated? I counted 4 in the bathroom alone and 6 plastic bottles of various cleaning products in my kitchen. Instead of replacing these after they ran out, I changed my cleaning routine, swapping bottles of chemical cleaners for three natural cleaning products– lemon, vinegar and baking soda.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and is capable of removing tough stains because of its fine abrasive properties. Lemons are a natural disinfectant and stain remover because of their acidity and also have a pleasant scent. The acidity of white vinegar makes it effective for cleaning, deodorizing and removing stains.
Here are just a few suggestions for your new cleaning trio.
Sink cleaner: This cleanser can work for both your kitchen and bathroom sink and costs just pennies. Wet the sink with water, sprinkle the baking soda and scrub with a sponge and toothbrush. Rinse with water and polish with vinegar for extra shine.
Surface cleaner: Mix one part lemon juice, one part vinegar and two parts of water in a spray bottle. This surface cleaner can be used in the kitchen or bathroom.
Drain cleaner: For a clogged sink, pour 4 tablespoons of baking soda followed by two cups of vinegar down the plughole. Once the bubbling stops, flush the drain with boiling water.
Removing tea stains:Tea stains can be removed from your favourite teacup by filling the cup with a 1:2 solution of baking soda and water and leaving overnight. In the morning, scrub and rinse. This also works well for coffee stains.
Cleaning the microwave: Dried splatters of food can be easily wiped away after microwaving a bowl of vinegar and water. I use equal parts of water and vinegar (a cupful of each) and microwave on a high heat setting for approximately 10 minutes.
Glass and cutlery: This is a great way to remove cloudy marks from glassware and cutlery. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to 2 pints (4 cups) of water. Simply dunk the cutlery and glassware in the diluted vinegar solution and polish with a tea towel.
The Toilet: Minerals in hardwater can cause discolouring of porcelain, requiring strong acidic cleaners. However, these products can slowly erode the porcelain. Hardwater stains can be removed with vinegar and baking soda. Pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl, use a toilet brush to swish the vinegar around, add a cup of baking soda and another cup of vinegar. Let the solution sit for a while and scrub away any stains with a toilet brush, then flush the toilet.
Clogged showerhead: Put vinegar in a plastic bag and tie the bag around the showerhead and leave overnight. The next morning, simply rinse the showerhead with water. Tip: compostable bags are available to buy in most supermarkets. However, if you choose to use a plastic bag, please reuse it.