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Make your own green cleaning products

How To Make Natural Cleaning Products
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Conventional cleaning products may be convenient and advertisers would have us believe that we’d be harming our children’s safety by using anything else. However, there are plenty of natural options that will leave your home sparkling without breaking the bank or using harsh chemicals. Here are ways of using general household ingrediants to make your own green cleaning products.

Bicarbonate of soda (Baking powder)

This is an amazing product for cleaning the home and can be used for lots of different purposes. Bicarbonate of soda is a mild alkali and has natural deodorising properties so it even helps to get rid of bad smells.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice also has great cleaning properties. The acid in it helps eliminate scum lines in bathrooms and kitchens and leaves things looking shiny, making it great for washing glasses or polishing metals. It has the added bonus of leaving behind a fresh fragrance.

Vinegar

Vinegar is another cheap and natural product that is really effective for cleaning. It is particularly good on bathroom ceramics, tiles and glass. For a subtle smell, choose a type of white vinegar rather than the malt stuff you’d put on your chips!

Where to use them

Glass

. 2 cups water

. ½ cup white vinegar

. ¼ cup rubbing alcohol

Pour into a spray bottle for use on windows and mirrors. When you’re done go over the glass with a dry cloth to get rid of any stubborn streaks. Adding lemon juice is optional but does give it a lovely smell.

Top tip: When cleaning windows rub vertically on the inside and horizontally on the outside. Then you’ll be able to tell easily where the smears are.

Kitchen

make your own green cleaning productsMix four tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with two pints of water for a simple recipe that works really well on kitchen counters, cupboard doors and refrigerators. Baking soda can also be used for removing stains from plastic containers, de-staining tea and coffee cups and getting rid of baked-on food.

Top tip: Reduce the amount of water to get rid of stains easier.

Oven

When it comes to cleaning the oven, natural cleaners may take a little more elbow grease but does avoid strong chemicals that you probably don’t want around the food you’re about to eat. Mix some bicarbonate of soda with a little water to form a paste and spread a thick layer all over the oven. Leave overnight and scrub the next day.

Top tip: Wiping down the oven after every use means you’ll never need to spend hours scrubbing.

Shower

Soak lime scale deposits in heated white vinegar for no longer than an hour then use an old toothbrush to scrub. The lime scale should come off easily and you’ll be left with a super-shiny shower head.

Top tip: Don’t use on plated shower heads as you may ruin the plating.

Top tip:Test your new cleaning products on a small area before getting started just to make sure they’re right for the intended surface.

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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