Forget a spring clean; what about giving an autumn one a try? If you’re ready to get going, here are some natural cleaning hacks to try when you do…
Use Onions to Remove Burn Marks
So, this isn’t a particularly pleasant-smelling cleaning hack, but Ideal Home swears by it. The team at the magazine say: ‘…onions are ideal for tackling burn marks in an oven or cooker. Onions contain enzymes that react with oxygen to create an acid that can dissolve grease. Gently heat half and onion, and rub the cut side over the marks and see for yourself.’
Grab Some Lemons for a Sweet-smelling Kitchen
Another tip from the Ideal Home team here…
A very effective mild bleach, the citric acid in lemons helps cut through limescale and grease. If you’d like to ensure your kitchen taps look like new, wipe them over with a lemon, leaving them for about five to 15 minutes to let the citric acid do its thing. Then, rinse off and voila…perfectly clean taps!
Clean Wooden Chopping Boards with Lemon and Salt
Spare lemons? They will come in handy for this hack, too. Make sure you have a container of salt to hand as well and you can get your wooden chopping boards looking like new.
Start by sprinkling the wooden surface with some coarse salt. Then, scour the surface with a lemon that has been cut in half, squeezing it a little as you scrub. This will release the lemon juice, which you should leave to sit on the board for a few minutes, before scraping it off. After, give it a final rinse using a clean, wet sponge – let us know what you think of this hack, which we spotted on the That Clean Life blog.
Clean Grout with Whitening Toothpaste
Yes, really…your go-to whitening toothpaste is believed to be just the ticket for tackling grout. It’s due to its mildly abrasive qualities that it can work a treat – give it a go.
Bicarbonate of Soda – and its Many Uses!
Everyone has a tub of bicarb in their baking cupboard…but if you haven’t made a homemade cake for a while, put it to good use when you do your regular clean at home.
A natural deodoriser, it also has a gentle, abrasive nature that can work wonders on all sorts of dirty spots around the house. Good Housekeeping has loads of suggestions here, including using it to absorb odours in the fridge (just fill a ramekin with bicarb and leave it in the fridge for a bit).
You can also clean worktops with the baking staple, as well as microwaves, stainless steel sinks and cooking utensils. Good Housekeeping suggests mixing it into a paste with water and using it to scrub away any grease and grime.
You can also freshen up sponges which smell a little stale; just mix the bicarb with water and leave the sponge to soak.
Will you be trying any of these natural cleaning hacks? Let us know by commenting on this blog post, below.
Until next time…