All you need to clean your whole house is Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar
Commercial manufacturers of household cleaning products would have us believe that we need a whole barrage of different chemicals, cleaners, cleansers, scourers and bleaches to clean our homes, but nothing could be further from the truth. All you need to clean the average home is a box of bicarbonate of soda and a bottle of white, multi-purpose vinegar. Seems unbelievable, doesn’t it? But it is true. From bathrooms to kitchens, floors to windows, you don’t need much to keep your house crystal clean and fresh smelling at all times. Here is how to clean the sustainable and green way.
Cleaning Your Windows
Windows and other glass items around your home can be cleaned using just water, vinegar and some newspaper or a piece of old towelling. Put a solution of one third vinegar two thirds water into a plant sprayer and squirt it onto the glass. Then simply use the newspaper or towelling to wipe the dirt away.
Cleaning the Floors
An old-fashioned mop and pail will work perfectly well to clean the floor in a bathroom or kitchen and rather than buying a floor cleaner you can just fill your pail with hot water, then add a small amount of vinegar and a shake of bicarbonate of soda. The whole lot will fizz and then settle. Give it a stir, then mop as usual. Your floor will be perfectly clear, the vinegar will kill germs, and the soda will get rid of any lingering odors.
Wiping Down Surfaces
Simply mix some bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in a container, wet your cloth and wipe away. Vinegar will cut through grease and the mild abrasiveness of the soda will remove things that have adhered to the surface.
Cleaning the Oven
Think you need heavy-duty chemical treatments for a hard job like this? Think again. If your oven has hard, baked on grease and grime that you think will never come off then you may have some success if you mix a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and spread it thickly inside your oven and leave it overnight. The next day, with a little elbow grease, you should be able to get your oven clean again.
Cleaning the Toilet
Think it would be revolting not to use bleach and other harsh chemicals in your toilet? Worried about germs and smells? Tip some soda and vinegar into your toilet bowl, give it a go with a toilet brush and flush. Give it a week and you will see that your toilet remains stain and odor free under this new regime.
Deodorizing Furniture, Carpets Etc…
Bicarbonate of soda is fantastic for getting rid of any unpleasant smells. You can sprinkle it in the bottom of your fridge, sprinkle it and vacuum off soft furnishings and floor coverings – even use it to deodorize your pets. Your home will smell fresh and you can get rid of nasty smells rather than just covering them up.
Any household cleaning job can be tackled using soda and vinegar, so don’t waste your money on proprietary cleaning materials when you could instead clean more sustainably for a greener, healthier home.