natural home cleanersSpending hundreds of pounds annually on harsh cleaning products for your home is unnecessary and worst of all – is hazardous to not only your skin but the environment too. Check out these three easy eco-friendly ways to clean your home and save on cleaning products.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is not only a baking aid but a natural cleaning wonder! Baking soda has quite a few benefits, which make it the perfect cleaning companion. The power of baking soda makes it great for gently scrubbing, cleaning, neutralising and disinfecting items in and around your home!

To clean your bathroom tub, sink, shower or toilet, sprinkle baking soda on the surface and wipe down with a damp cleaning cloth. Rinse and dry for a sparkling clean bathroom.

Add half a cup of baking soda to warm water to clean your floors thoroughly. If you have greasy dishes to wash, add a heaped spoon of baking soda to the detergent to strip through grease effortlessly.

Cleaning your oven and microwave is a breeze with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and wet with a spray bottle of water and leave overnight to do its magic. Wipe the residue away and voila, not only will your oven be clean, but any odours will be gone. Wipe the inside of your microwave with a wet cloth and baking powder to clean and neutralise your appliance effectively.

Add Vinegar For Extra Muscle

The combination of white household vinegar and baking soda makes for a powerful home cleaning solution.

Drain cleaner is usually expensive and corrosive, which makes it harmful to the environment and your skin. Ditch the drain chemicals and pour baking powder down the drain and slowly add vinegar to unclog greasy and foul drains.

Use a mixture of distilled vinegar and water to clean windows, shower doors and mirrors. Spray vinegar into your shower head to unclog it, vinegar removes soap scum and mineral build-up which makes it perfect to clean your kettle or coffee maker too.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste has many uses in and around your home, besides the obvious cleaning of your teeth. Toothpaste usually contains baking soda which makes it an excellent household cleaner. Avoid using toothpaste on upholstery as it can stain, and make sure you avoid gel toothpaste to clean, as the white types have no added dye.

Polish copper and your silverware with toothpaste on a soft cloth. Once you have polished your items, rinse the toothpaste off with warm water and dry. You will be amazed at the results. You can use the exact same method to clean your silver jewellery without hassle.

Crayon marks or shoe scuffs on the wall? No problem – use toothpaste to remove the marks quickly and efficiently. Scuff marks on your car’s headlights can be removed with toothpaste too.

If the bottom plate of your iron has a build-up of starch, remove these marks easily with toothpaste. Use a cloth and toothpaste to scrub away the build-up and wipe down with a clean wet cloth to finish the job. Always do this when the iron is off and cool.

Next time you run out of cleaning detergents, look around your home for these three simple ingredients which are just as effective, if not more, than harmful cleaning aids that you would normally use.

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