Targeted home cleaners sold in most supermarkets are not only expensive, they’re full of ingredients you can’t pronounce (read: chemicals!) too. Try using these natural alternatives instead. Best of all? They’re all probably already sitting in your kitchen or another corner of your house saving you time and money in the quest for a clean home.
1. Baking Soda
There are multiple ways you can use baking soda to clean around the house but my favourite is for the toilet. Sprinkle some baking soda lightly on a clean, damp sponge and use it to scrub your bathroom tiles, sink and around the toilet bowl.
Beer is slightly acidic and because of this, it can be used to bring back some shine to your old and dusty pots. Just pour some beer on, let it sit for a good couple of minutes, then wipe off!
Instead of using a caustic tile scrubber why not try using this citrus wonder instead. It’s simple: Cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some salt on it, and squeeze to juice as your scrubbing. Rinse and enjoy the fresh scent it leaves behind!
Lemons are so versatile they can be used to deodorise trashcans, sanitise cutting boards and even clean out your microwave. Just put a slice of lemon in a bowl of water, blitz on high for 30 seconds, then wipe dry with a clean cloth.
5. Olive Oil
We know that olive oil is just good for your hair, skin, and digestion. But did you know you can even use it to spruce up your wooden furniture? Just pour some onto a soft cloth and buff away to condition the wood.
Take the hard work out of getting rid of soap scum in your bathroom by using a combination of salt and baking powder. The salt will add some extra oomph to the solution, making it easier to get the job done.
7. Carbonated Water
For quick treatment of stain on carpets or drapery, cover the stain with some carbonated water. Let it fizz away for awhile, then blot dry (don’t rub) with a clean cloth until the stains lift.
Not only is tea nice to drink, it can also work wonders on grimy windows. The tannins naturally present in black tea act as a natural cleaner to dissolve dirt and grease. Just brew, spray and wipe your way to spot-free windows.
It’s an important component in keeping our teeth clean twice a day but toothpaste can also work in other useful ways. Use it to polish any chrome fixtures in your house and see how they gleam afterwards.
Tough on mold, mildew, and bacteria, vinegar is a natural alternative to those harsh detergents found on supermarket shelves. Dilute with water first before spraying onto countertops, stovetops and even in the fridge.