I don’t know about you, but keeping a clean, germ-free home without the chemicals is something that is really important to me. All too often, we hear and read stories about the toxic substances that are being poured into our toiletries, cosmetics and household items, and while this may be something we can never fully escape from, I believe we can limit our exposure by choosing eco-friendly products where possible and (best of all) making our own cleaning products at home.
Making your own cleaning solutions is super simple and infinitely cheaper than buying even supermarket brands. It’s also a lot safer for both you and your family – little ones like to pick up all kinds from floors and surfaces, and dogs will never hesitate to lick up whatever they can!
If you’re looking to save a bit of cash on your weekly grocery shop or wish to make your home a little more eco-friendly, take a look at my tried-and-tested frugal cleaning solutions below.
1. Make a solution with white vinegar and water.
Fill a spray bottle with half and half water and white vinegar (also known as cider vinegar), and use a simple yet effective cleaning solution on nearly any surface. This handy little mixture will help to keep counter tops, tiles, sinks, draining boards and bathtubs spotless and gleaming.
You can also use lemon juice for a similar effect, or save it for rubbing on those tough stains.
2. Cover shower heads overnight.
For the dreaded shower-head clean (a prime area for becoming clogged with scale and dirt), simply fill a ziploc or sandwich bag with cider vinegar and secure it around the shower head with an elastic band.
Leave it overnight and remove in the morning. You’ll find that the grime has become magically dissolved! Give it a quick wipe over to finish off.
3. Banish food stains with bicarbonate of soda.
Bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) is a wonder ingredient at getting rid of spilled food on grills, ovens and hobs. When the spillage first occurs, cover with a sprinkle of the stuff as soon as you can. Leave for a few minutes, then dampen down with a bit of water and give it a rub.
The soda should act as a gentle abrasive and bring off the stain quite easily.
4. Avoid toilet scale build-up with diet cola.
If you live in an area with hard water quality, toilet scale build-up can be a hassle. To prevent it, find the cheapest diet cola you can and pour the entire bottle into the toilet before bedtime.
In the morning, simply flush the cola away.
5. Protect cupboard-tops with greaseproof paper.
By lining the tops of your upper cupboards with sheets of greaseproof paper (also known as baking paper or parchment), you can catch all the dust, grease and residue that is prone to collecting up there without any need for scrubbing.
Simply throw the sheets away every month and replace with new ones. This should be enough to keep your cupboard tops sparkling clean.
6. Steam your oven before cleaning.
When you’re ready to tackle the task that is cleaning your oven, leave a bowl of boiling water inside with the door closed for about 30 minutes. The steam from the water will loosen a lot of the grease and debris, making it much easier to clean off.
7. Try eCloths, for an easier, speedier clean.
I’ve been trying eCloths lately and they really work like a dream! Made from mircofibre, they are really effective at cleaning with just water, so you have less of a need for harsh chemicals or toxic solutions.
There are special ones available for glass and wood polishing; they last long, and they even help you to get the job done much faster. A great addition to anybody’s cleaning cupboard!