There are so many useful cleaning products around the house, it is a wonder why people continue to spend money on store-bought chemical cleaners. In this article, we tell you how you can use some common household and kitchen products to clean house.
A clean and hygienic bedroom is essential to relax and rest in comfort.
- The mattress is a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs as it collects dead skin, sweat and other bodily fluids. To disinfect the mattress, you can create a solution containing white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil. Pour this into a spray bottle and spray it lightly on the mattress. Next, dust some baking soda on the mattress. Once the mattress is dry, clear it up with a vacuum cleaner. Your mattress will be free of germs and odors.
- To disinfect furniture surfaces, clothes, and other objects handled daily prepare a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray it on the surfaces and wipe with a dry cloth.
- To clean glass surfaces, you can fill a spray bottle with a solution of roughly equal parts rubbing alcohol and vinegar. Use it as a regular glass cleaner, but without the harmful effects of ammonia.
The Living Room
Living room furniture suffers a lot of wear and tear, but can be refreshed with some simple cleaning products.
- To bring a shine to wooden furniture, create a solution containing one part white vinegar and four parts olive oil. This is an excellent homemade wooden furniture polish.
- Carpets can be cleaned by spraying a mixture of white vinegar and aromatic essential oil. Vacuum the carpet after it is dry. To remove odors, you can apply baking soda after spraying the vinegar solution. Rub the carpet with a brush and leave it overnight. Vacuum it the next day after the carpet has dried.
- If you have shampooed your carpet, you can get rid of the soap reside by spraying a solution containing one gallon water and half a cup of vinegar. Vacuum once the carpet has dried.
- For tiled flooring, vinegar works best as a cleaning agent to remove dirt of all kinds. If you have hardwood flooring, a solution of 125 ml vinegar to a gallon of water makes a perfect cleaning solution.
- If you have glass shelves or cabinet doors, you can make a homemade cleaner instead of buying one from the store. A simple solution of equal parts vinegar and water makes for an excellent, natural glass cleaner.
The kitchen contains a whole lot of appliances and utensils that come in direct contact with our food. Therefore, it is extremely important that they are cleaned with natural, non-toxic products that do not contaminate our food.
- Surface cleaning: For surface cleaning appliances such as the fridge, countertops and cutting boards, a solution of equal parts vinegar and water works perfectly well. Simply spray it onto the surface and wipe with a dry cloth. Even if the solution comes into contact with food items, it won’t result in any contamination. This solution also works well with plastic containers. Simply spray the solution on the containers and lids, and let them stay overnight. Wipe all the stains off the next day.
- The same goes for countertops as well. As long as your countertops are not made of marble or granite, you can spray the vinegar-water solution and then wipe it off with a wet cloth. It will become clean and shiny once again.
- De-clogging: Chemical-based de-clogging agents contain harsh ingredients that can have harmful health effects. A much safer and equally effective method is to pour some vinegar into the drain and sprinkle baking soda over it. Let it stay for around 20 minutes and then pour a glass of warm water down the drain. It will get rid of any gunk and odors in the disposal.
- Food deposits in microwave: To clean food deposits in your microwave oven, simply place two containers filled with 125 ml each of water and vinegar. Turn on the microwave for 2 minutes and then wipe away the buildup with a dry cloth.
Vinegar is an excellent product for cleaning ceramic surfaces. Whether it is your toilet bowl, basin, or bathtub, simply spray a solution of vinegar and water and leave for 20 minutes. Then clean with a brush and rinse with water. For best results with a toilet, it is better to drain out the water first and let the solution work overnight. Apply some baking soda in the morning and scrub with a light brush.
- A solution of baking soda and vinegar works well to clean tiles, especially to remove stains and grout between the edges of the tiles. Let the mixture rest for 20 minutes on the surface and then clean it with an old toothbrush.
- To clean blocked drains in the bathroom, pour half a cup of vinegar followed by half a cup of baking soda. After 20 minutes, pour a glass of warm water and clean it with a scrub. Rinse with water to wash away all the mold and soap.
- To get shiny showerheads, fill a plastic bag with the vinegar-water solution and fasten it around the showerhead so that the showerhead is submerged into the solution. Remove after 20 minutes and clean with a toothbrush.
- Vinegar can also be used to treat laundry. Simply add a capful of white vinegar to the laundry before the final rinse. This will leave the clothes shinier and free of odors and bacteria.
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