7 Natural Cleaning Tips
We love to find new and environmentally friendly ways to clean here at Molly Maid. Sustainable cleaning solutions are not just great for the environment, but they are also great for your bank balance as they are often cheaper, especially as a lot of these items your find in your kitchen cupboards!
To help you along with your cleaning we are here to share our top 7 natural cleaning tips.
- Bathroom cleaning the natural way
You may or may not already know about the cleaning power of bicarbonate of soda, but we love it. It is the ultimate natural cleaning tip as it can be used everywhere. One place it is especially great is removing soap scum around the sink, bath, and shower. Simply, sprinkle some on a wet microfibre cloth and then wipe over the affected area.
Also, if your toilet is discoloured from limescale, add three quarters of a cup of citric acid to the toilet and leave it overnight (make sure you empty the cistern and turn it off) then simply give it a good scrub in the morning and it will come out great!
- Air out rooms
This may not seem like your typical natural cleaning tip may but what is more natural than using fresh air to blow out the cobwebs and help your room smell cleaner and not so stale?
Make sure you throw open the windows to all your rooms at least a few times a week if you can. Also, air out your pillows in the sun to help freshen them up and prevent any stale odours occurring.
In the bedroom, make sure you pull back the sheets whilst you are airing the room for ultimate freshness.
- Get rid of mould with this natural cleaning tip
If mould is left in a room, it can cause all sorts of health conditions from your common cold to sinusitis and chest infections. Instead of using bleach-based mould removers which can irritate the airways, you can use a white vinegar solution.
Simply make up a cleaning solution of 80% vinegar and 20% water. However, for more porous surfaces such as untreated wood go for a 70% vinegar to 30% water ratio instead.
- The power of the lemon
Did you know how powerful lemons can be as a cleaning agent? You can use it on cutting boards simply by rubbing half a lemon onto the soiled surface letting it soak in 20 minutes and then rinsing it It’s a great way of cleaning and getting rid of any food smells. You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to any washing up liquid to increase the grease-cutting power of the detergent.
- DIY all-purpose cleaner
Are you fed up with constantly buying a new bottle of all-purpose cleaner for your surfaces, fridges etc? You can easily make one by mixing ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 4 to 8 cups of hot water. Put this all in a spray bottle and you are ready to go. If you need a slightly more abrasive cleaner you can substitute the baking soda for 2 teaspoons of borax.
Plus, you can make your house smell nice by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil. No more smell of cleaning fluid.
- Non-streak natural glass cleaner
If you are looking for a way to clean your glass and mirrors naturally that won’t leave smears or streaks look no further. Simply, combine ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of corn-starch to 4 cups of warm water into a spray bottle. Give it a quick shake up to dissolve the corn-starch and voila. All you need to do is spray it on and rinse it clean with a damp microfibre cloth. Then finish it off with one last wipe with a dry cloth to prevent any streaking.
- Microwave cleaning – the natural way
Is your microwave looking grimy and food splattered? We have an easy solution which is not only cheap but also natural. All you need to do is mix 6 tablespoons baking soda, or ½ cup lemon juice in a microwave safe glass container with 1 cup of water. Then microwave the mixture until it boils. Once it reaches boiling point, turn it off, leave the mixture inside with the door closed until it cools down.
The steam will loosen the grime making it easy to wipe away! So, there you have it, our top 7 natural cleaning solution tips for a more sustainable, eco-friendly and purse friendly cleaning regime. As you can imagine there are many more natural cleaning tips out there waiting to be discovered and used, and we love to learn about new solutions to make our cleaning more environmentally friendly.
Start off by removing dirt, dust and cobwebs with a stiff bristle brush. If the wood has faded or become a silvery colour you can use a garden furniture restorer product which you simply paint on and let dry. If you don’t need to apply a restorer all you need to do is give it a good clean with soapy warm water.
Finally, each year you should protect your wood. Teak oil is a great product for this and all you need to do is rub it into the wood with a rag. Make sure you follow the grain. This will make the wood look fresh and you can apply more than one coat if you need to. More importantly, this will protect it from the elements for the next 12 months.