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Go Green When You Clean Part 2

Go green - it's time for a change. Source: Flickr

Go green – it’s time for a change. Source: Flickr

2 weeks ago we’ve shared with you the amazing cleaning properties of soapnuts, salt and Castile soap. These substances are 100% natural and are safe for almost all clean-ups around the house. Safe for your babies, as well as for your pets and for people with sensitive skin, allergies, asthma etc…

Today we will share with you the great advantages of using these the all-time-favourite baking soda, white vinegar and lemons (lemon juice) for cleaning in your home.

 

 

Baking Soda

This is how you remove urine stain from rug with soda. Source : Flickr

This is how you remove urine stain from rug with soda. Source : Flickr

You can find plenty of things written for the amazing cleaning abilities of baking soda not only on the internet, but also in books and newspapers, or even if you ask some elder member of your family. It was the ancient Egyptians who first discovered the miraculous effects of sodium bicarbonate. They used the natural substance ‘natron’ (which is simply mixture, which is consist of sodium carbonate decahydrate and soduim bicarbonate) mainly for mummification of the pharaoh bodies, but also for many different household cleaning purposes.

Baking soda powder is abrasive substance, which makes it perfect for removing all sorts of built-in dirt. It helps you to clean easily bathroom tiles, ovens, kitchen countertops etc. It also works great on removing scruff marks from floors and walls, and almost all kinds of stains from your furniture and rugs without using chemical products. Baking soda can be used as a natural deodoriser for all types of fibres and fabrics, as a whitening toothpaste and it also does wonders when uncloging drains. Here is a great guide with more than 50 uses and recipes with baking soda.

Lemons

Lemon slices are great for removing odours from your kitchen. Source : Flickr

Lemon slices are great for removing odours from your kitchen. Source : Flickr

Lemons are not only healthy natural source of vitamin C to your menu, but it can also be used as quite efficient cleaning agent. You can use the juice, peels, or the whole fruit in different cleaning recipes. Take a slice of lemon and rub it onto your cutting board, knives or countertop to remove strong, unpleasant cooking odours such as fish, garlic or oninons. You can do the same with dirty dishes and the lemon will remove the smell and help dissolve the grease easier. A few slices of lemons in your garbage bin and it won’t smell as strong as usual.

The best part is, unlike commercial chemical cleaners, lemons are not corrosive, so they can be used on any surfaces and materials. Lemon also has slightly bleaching properties, so you can use a small wedge to freshen up your porcelain cups from tea and coffee stains.

White Vinegar

You can use vinegar to clean stains from your sink. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cafemama/2103595909/sizes/m/in/photostream/

You can use vinegar to clean stains from your sink. Source: Flickr

People started producing vinegar more than 10 000 years ago. There is information that ancient Babylonians used vinegar as a conservative. Also the Babylonians were the first, who thought of spicing the vinegar with herbs. Nowadays vinegar is widely used as a natural preservative, condiment and as a domestic cleaning agent. You can add it to your laundry to restore its bright colours. Vinegar is safe to use with almost all types of fabric. It works great for whitening light coloured textile and it helps preserve linen and linen containing fabrics.

Vinegar works excellent for cleaning and polishing glassware, stainless steel cutlery, appliances. It removes easily grease stains and foul odours from cooking pots, plastic dishes. If you add a few spoons of vinegar to a bucket of water you can use the solution to polish your wooden, or laminate floor.

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