Everyday Items You Can Clean With
We’ve all seen ads for new cleaning solutions guaranteed to get everything spotless and forest fresh. But are they really worth it?
For many of us, placing our faith in powerful chemicals with weird ingredients doesn’t feel right. But did you know there are lots of effective natural cleaning products that you probably already own? Indeed, some of the most persistent cleaning challenges can be defeated relatively easily by ordinary household goods.
Salt and Vinegar
If you live in an area with hard water you probably get a lot of limescale. It builds up around your taps and forms a fine rough layer on the tidemark of your bath. To get rid of it, simply make a paste with two tablespoons of salt and a teaspoon of vinegar. Apply it to your sink fittings, then rub it away with a damp cloth.
Vinegar is a brilliant cleaning agent. White vinegar is best. Use it to keep your bathroom spotless by spraying it around your sink and bath. Wipe it off with a damp cloth to kill bathroom germs. It’s handy in the kitchen too, as you can use it to clean chrome and stainless steel surfaces. Combine it with baking soda to unclog your drains, rinsing it through with water. It’s worth knowing that white vinegar will kill E.coli and Salmonella.
Other Larder Products
Apart from vinegar, the acidic properties of lemons and limes make for excellent cleaning agents. Rub the juicy side of half a lemon over your work surface, then wipe it clean with a cloth. Who needs that expensive lemon fresh kitchen cleaner when you can have a clean, germ-free and beautiful smelling work surface with actual lemons! It’s also good for getting rid of stains from Tupperware.
Even your jar of Mayonnaise has a use. Smear mayo over watermarks on your furniture. Leave it for several hours and then wipe clean with a cloth. Those water rings will soon fade away. If you spill red wine on your carpet, quickly add salt. The salt granules will absorb the wine. Then when they’re dry you can just vacuum it up.
Baking soda is another wonder cleaner. It’ll get rid of stains from coffee mugs, burnt food from the bottom of pans and spills from the oven. Just use it with hot water and the fizz will do the rest. If your kids have drawn on your clean white walls with crayons, a baking soda paste can help there too.
Other Tricky Cleaning Jobs
A soft pencil eraser is useful to have around the house, and not just for art. You can use it to remove the scuffs from hardwood or floor tiles. It can also take smudges off leather goods. The textured side of a new sponge can be used to remove that horrible fuzz from your sweater, and a good supply of old toothbrushes can have numerous uses cleaning fiddly things like keyboards.
Call in the Professionals
Here at Adept, we’re cleaning experts. We know all the natural tricks for keeping your home nice and clean. But what we really excel in is keeping your workplace spick and span. To find out more about our commercial cleaning services, contact us today.