If you’ve had your head down a toilet for reasons other than a heavy night out or a dodgy sandwich, you’ll have been acquainted with the chemical smell sucker punch. Heavy-duty cleaning products can’t always be avoided, but they can be substituted every now and then.
With all that alcohol-based sanitising, our hands are ageing faster than heads of state around the world. So, wherever possible, it’s worth cutting the chemicals – and we don’t mean in a Walter White way.
Whether you want to give your second-hand furniture some love or just be more gentle in general, there are some super simple cleaning solutions you can make with stuff you probably already have in your cupboard.
Don't be scared. Remember those volcano school projects? Turns out they had some purpose other than staining everything in sight with food colouring. The fizzy mixture of vinegar and baking soda is a great way to scrub up without the need for harsh chemicals. Add a few drops of tea tree oil into the bowl before adding ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of vinegar and scrub.
We’ve all had the spores of doom show up uninvited. Chemical cleaner usually contains bleach, but vinegar can be more effective for getting rid of mould and mildew. Pure white vinegar works best – but wear a mask before you get started. Yeah, we know – it’s part of your everyday attire by now, right?
Spray pure white vinegar on the offending area and let it sit – the longer the better. Glove and mask up and white down with warm water. The spores will be killed but in severe cases, the stains might remain and you’ll need to call in the soap squad.
Our good friend the mason jar strikes again. Getting rid of a musty smell in an old linen cupboard - or any room in the house - baking soda, essential oils and a jar with a lid you're willing to sacrifice to the deodorizer gods is all you need. Learn how to make your DIY home freshener over here.
When life hands you lemons, use them to clean
Cut a lemon in half, rub it over surfaces in need of a clean spritz, let it sit for half an hour and wipe away with warm water. Useful for both wooden and plastic cutting boards and wooden furniture that need a quick clean.
Give your pre-loved furniture new life
Lemons love wood, so if your furniture needs a little spit and polish, ditch the spit and go for the citrus instead. Combine ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup olive oil and caress your wood with a soft cloth. It works equally well on furniture made out of other materials, too.
Freshen up the fridge
One of the most overlooked ick infestations in the house, cleaning out a fridge can be cumbersome. With various forgotten items starting to grow their own ecosystems in a dark corner somewhere, wiping down with a mix of hot water and baking soda once you’ve eliminated your new discoveries is an eco-friendly way to clean up.
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