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Designing the interior style of your home is a fun process and one that gives much satisfaction once complete. However, remember that to keep your home looking its best month after month, you must clean it regularly and effectively.
If you’re someone who’s always keen to make choices that are kinder to the environment, you’re sure to want to use only natural cleaning solutions when getting your house in order. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to find excellent, affordable, options these days. You probably already have many of the ingredients you need in your pantry.
One of the best natural cleaners is lemon. This citrus fruit leaves a refreshing aroma, and it’s an effective cleaner. The acid in the juice of lemons works to remove many different types of stains, deposits, dirt, scum, and other build-ups. This is particularly the case when used in tandem with the products listed below.
Squeeze lemons for their juice and use it in sprays and other mixes, or you cut the fruit in half and use the wedges directly on dirty surfaces. You can also use the lemon peel in your cleaning. Depending on the level of grime you need to get rid of, you may need to leave lemon sitting on an area for 30 minutes or so, to be most effective.
Use lemon to clean things such as your garbage disposal unit (lemon is a natural deodorizer), cutting boards, grout, faucets, cupboards, dishes, appliances, and countertops – though be careful not to use it directly on a delicate stone like marble, as it could lead to discoloration. Lemon is also handy when getting rid of hard-water deposits on glassware, soap scum in bathrooms and kitchens, and when cleaning clothes.
Vinegar is a vital natural cleaning item. Distilled white vinegar is acidic, and therefore works wonders on alkaline sites. It inhibits mildew, mold and some bacteria; dissolves mineral deposits, tarnishes and scale; removes rust stains and stains caused by coffee and tea, and helps cut wax build-up and soap scum.
If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, combat that by adding a few drops of nicely-scented essential oil to the substance. For heavy build-up, give the vinegar more time to work. Soak a cloth in vinegar and lay this over the affected area for around 60 minutes so it soaks in thoroughly.
Vinegar works well as a natural, homemade floor cleaner, and it’s effective on moldy walls, dirty windows, clogged drains, grimy steam irons and showerheads, and dirty glassware. Before you go about spreading vinegar on your hardwood floor, you have to consider that using it in excess may cause damage. The best practice is to clean often and don’t get it too dirty in first place.
Vinegar is a powerful aid when it comes to disinfecting dishwashers, too.
Baking soda is another item that needs to be in your cleaning toolkit. Sodium bicarbonate, as it’s officially titled, is both a natural deodorizer and odor absorber, plus it is useful for scouring since it’s slightly abrasive. Baking soda works wonders on proteins, grease, and animal “messes.”
Sprinkle the powder liberally onto the affected area. After that, scrub the site with a damp cloth. If baking soda isn’t quite enough by itself, add extra cleaning power by combining it with vinegar and getting an effervescent reaction. Baking soda and a little water mixed together will also give you a useful cleaning paste.
Using baking soda (often combined with other ingredients), you can clean things like ovens, stove burners grates, stained dishware, barbecue utensils, grills, garage floors, scuffed walls, upholstered furniture, and garden tools.
You probably like to pop some of this substance on your food, but did you know that salt is also a powerful natural cleaning tool? Due to its abrasive properties, salt is well suited to scouring jobs. Use it by itself, in a paste with vinegar, combined with lemon, or in some other combination, depending on what you want to clean.
Table salt is the most affordable choice, but you can also use sea salt, kosher salt or numerous other variations to get the job done. Use salt to remove hard-water stains on glassware and dishes, and to clean greasy pots and pans, countertops, wooden tables, and artificial flowers. It’s helpful when you need to scrub grime off oven racks and stove grates, too.
By using the above ingredients in your cleaning, you will have your home looking sparkling clean in no time. Better yet, you’ll also save yourself, your family, your pets and the environment from being put at risk by chemicals.