From baking soda to vinegar, here are some of the ways to spice up your cleaning game.
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Whether you’re disinfecting the place during the pandemic, hosing down your homes after the floods or just sprucing up your living spaces for the holidays, cleaning up can be a pain. Literally!
Trust us when we say that it’s not just the elbow grease it’ll take to clean up a mess that’ll leave you in agony.
A lot of over-the-counter cleaning solutions often include chemicals that can either leave you irritated or worse, make an unwanted stop to the clinic.
Some cleaning solutions can cause mild or even severe skin problems if not properly addressed or if you have underline conditions like eczema.
Some may even be fatal, especially to children, when accidentally ingested, and may also have a long-lasting impact on our precious mother nature.
However, there are ways that you can avoid these problems by applying a bit of DIY ingenuity and using all-natural and organic ingredients that are less harmful and also effective at removing any unwanted grease, grimes and germs.
The best part about all that is that these ingredients can even be found in your kitchen and your local grocery stores.
So here are some of the DIY hacks for you;
1. Swipe those nasty dust away with this homemade dusting spray
This tip comes from a professional and certified cleaning expert, Kimberly Button who shares her homemade Dusting Spray hack that’s cheap and uses natural ingredients that’ll save a lot of your time.
- One Cup Water (preferably distilled)
- 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
- 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
- 10-15 drops Essential Oil
All of the ingredients should be put inside a spray bottle and shaken well every time before using.
Spray the concoction where needed (tables, cupboard, chairs, doors, etc) and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
The oils help to naturally shine and protect the surfaces while white vinegar (acetic acid) acts as a disinfectant (not as effective as bleach) that can destroy some bacteria and viruses (not including coronavirus).
Note: Do keep in mind that vinegar (being acidic) can cause etching and can damage wood and granite surfaces if used too much.
2. Get a streak-free sparkle on your faucet & sink with this organic kitchen cleaner & deodorizer
This hack from Good Housekeeping says that all you need to clean kitchen counters, appliances, the insides of your fridge and more is baking soda.
- 4 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
- 1 Quart (around 0.95 Litres) of Warm Water
Mix these two ingredients up into a paste. Apply it on a damp cloth and rub the metal surfaces (sink and faucets) gently. Then rinse the area and buff it dry.
As an added tip to eliminate foul sink odours, simply pour baking soda powder straight from the box and into your drain or garbage disposal.
Baking soda makes a good deodorizer as a result of its ability to neutralise smells and can also shine stainless steel due to its mild alkali properties which can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for easy removal.
3. Mop the stains to oblivion with this natural floor cleaner
Vinegar is the go-to choice for any and all-natural cleaning applications and can be used on almost all hard-surface floors, including tile, laminate, and wood, but with a diluted amount.
- One Gallon (around 3.8 Litres) of Distilled water
- 1/2 Cup of Vinegar
Mix these two up in a bucket and mop your floors with them. The acidic properties of vinegar help dissolve dirt and grime build-up.
Caution: Avoid cleaning egg stains with vinegar as it will coagulate and make them harder to clean.
4. Make your house smell like paradise with this amazing air freshener
Don’t have a potpourri? Make one!
This method by Better Homes & Gardens is a natural way to make your home feel amazing by simmering a pot of ingredients that you probably already have around the house.
- 2-3 Oranges/Lemons/Limes
- A Handful of Fresh Herbs (basil/rosemary/lavender)
- 2-4 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 Teaspoon of Whole Cloves
Get yourself a saucepan, place all the ingredients above and fill it with about 3/4 of water. Bring it to boil and later reduce it to a simmer to infuse the house with a divine and fresh aroma.
The mixture can be stored overnight by placing it in an airtight jar and refrigerating it. Simply boil and simmer it again for the next use.
5. Clean & sanitize your house with this green & effective multisurface cleaner
But hey, if you’re not in the DIY mood and want a fast and hassle-free way to clean up the place, try Lifebuoy’s latest line of natural multi-surface disinfectants that you can just purchase at the store.
Without compromising on efficacy, this organic disinfectant provides 24-hour protection on all surfaces and protects you and your loved ones from 99.99% of viruses and bacteria, including, that pesky Coronavirus that’s always in the news.
It’s been proven safe to be used in food preparation areas as well as children play areas as the products are free from harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and phosphates that irritates the skin, besides being environmental hazards.
Dermatologically tested, this disinfectant is made up of 100% naturally derived ingredients like tea tree and eucalyptus oil with 100% biodegradable fragrance so it doesn’t hurt you, your family, and even Mother Nature herself.
You can find all these good properties in Lifebuoy’s BotaniTech disinfectants. Check their various products (HERE)