There are several tips and tricks you can use to clean your house or flat without using chemical solutions or any type of detergent. We will present several here that are sure to cut down on cleaning time and make this task easier for you. On top of that, you do not need to use any chemical solutions. You can clean certain areas of your home by using home-made eco-friendly supplies. Chemical detergents can cause bad reactions to your skin and even allergies to flare up. You can avoid using chemical solutions altogether if you wish. There is an awful lot you can do with baking soda and vinegar for example. You can also always seek help from a professional cleaning company, a good one will make sure to use eco-friendly detergents.
1. How to keep your toilet disinfected.
To keep your toilet sparkling clean you can create your home-made detergent. All you have to do is mix approximately 150 grams of baking soda, about 10 grams of citric acid and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix this solution well, place it in an ice cube tray and then in the fridge. Allow it to harden for about 3 or 4 hours. After hardening, you can use this ready-made toilet cleaner about once a week. Simply drop it straight into the toilet bowl. The baking soda will act as a disinfectant, it will dissolve and get rid of bacteria.
2. Use grapefruit.
Simply slice a grapefruit in half and dip one of the halves cut side down into a bowl filled with salt. You can use this to clean your kitchen sink. If you have particularly hard water, when drying it tends to form spots. The grapefruit's acidity and the salt's salinity help you polish surfaces until they are sparkling.
3. How to polish stainless steel utensils using aluminium foil.
Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Crimple up a small piece of aluminium foil and two tablespoons of baking soda. As soon as the water is boiling place all metal utensils in the pot. You can also use this method to clean your jewellery and even silver.
4. How to clean an old worn out baking tray.
Sprinkle baking soda over your tray and spray with vinegar. Let the baking tray sit with the baking soda and vinegar for about 10 minutes. After simply clean with a brush and wash with water.
5. How to remove bubble gum from clothing.
We are all familiar with the tried and true method of removing bubble gum from your clothes, using an iron. However, what if you are outside and do not have an iron handy? Use an ice cube! Walk into the nearest cafe or bar and ask to borrow an ice cube. Place it on the gum that is stuck to your jeans and then simply scrape off the gum with a spoon or butter knife.
6. How to save on storage space.
Let's admit it, each of us has a drawer in the kitchen that is filled with plastic bags we have no conceivable use for. Those tend to make quite a mess. What you can do is fold those bags and place them in such a way that you can easily grab one any time you need it. Take a bag and fold it in such a way that the handles of the bag are facing upward. Place the handles of another bag inside the handles of the first bag and fold again. You will get a long intertwined group of bags. After simply place this in a napkin dispenser and just put the handles of the first bag through the opening.
7. How to clean your kettle.
Our last trick is related to the perpetual fight against limescale in your hose or flat. If you have an electric kettle it is almost certain that it will collect limescale. However, you can clean this limescale in just two minutes. Pour some vinegar in the kettle and top up with water. Turn the kettle on and bring it up to a boil. Let the water and vinegar mix boil for 2 or 3 minutes after the kettle will be sparkling clean.
Those are our easy and quick tips and tricks on how to clean your home with no special detergents. It is often much easier to use home-made solutions if you have the proper knowledge.