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Alternative Cleaning Methods Alternative Cleaning Methods 10 November 2013

If you were wondering how to reduce the cost and environmental impact of your cleaning, then you would likely be surprised to be told that you probably already owned most of the things that you needed. In the larder, pantry or fridge, there are various things that can help you clean for a lot less money than you usually spend on chemical cleaners, and with much less dangerous ingredients, as they are made up of natural and friendly chemicals. One grows on trees, the other goes on chips, whilst the third is found in many a cake and loaf of bread. If you have not heard about cleaning with lemon, vinegar and baking powder, then you’re missing out. There are hundreds of things that you can do with these three substances that you may not have thought you could, and they are all just as good as the leading cleaning brands. People tend not to trust cleaning products unless they have a harsh smell, but there is a reason that many of them have a fake lemon smell - because lemons are great for cleaning, and smell fantastic! Unsurprisingly, not many cleaning products boast a vinegar smell, but they do share similar qualities...


So, how come these three products work like they do? Well, it is all down to the natural effects of their chemical make-up that make them do things that other food stuffs do not. Lemon has a really high acidity that kills germs on contact, and it’s smell is synonymous with things being fresh and clean. There is no doubt that the smell of lemon is universally appreciated, and when it can degrease a surface and kill the dangerous bacteria left on it, you will likely be pretty pleased to use it. Vinegar does a similarly good job in killing bacteria as well as degreasing surfaces. The smell may not be as nice, but it makes up for this by absorbing other smells, meaning it can be used as a de-odorizer. Baking soda is also a great absorber of smells, but does not smell at all strong like vinegar can. You will find that when mixed with liquid, baking powder has q rapid, fizzy reaction, that will bubble up like a carbonated drink. This carbonation means that the compound will go to work on any dirt and grease with a higher vigor, meaning that the chemical processes involved in the cleaning process will be heightened and the work will be less for you!


Putting these effects in to action is a matter of combining the three ingredients to make solutions that make them right for various jobs. In the kitchen you can use half a lemon, some baking powder and perhaps a little salt, to scrub dishes, just like with a sponge. The lemon half forms a perfect hand held tool, and even lemons that have been squeezed for cooking purposes can be used. You will find that mixing vinegar with water and lemon will form a great surface cleaner that leaves work tops feeling fresh and clean. Baking powder and lemon will form and excellent cream cleaner for the bathroom, and vinegar on its own will even tackle limescale, and work like bleach for the toilet. If you have a blocked plug, you can pour baking soda, vinegar and a little boiling water down there, and the bubbling concoction will get right through it. If your floor boards or wooden furniture are looking a little tired, you can polish them with lemon and olive oil, which will look and smell amazing!



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