If you judge the cleanliness of you home by the smell of cleaners, you are not alone. Many of us feel that our homes are cleaner if we can smell bleach, anti-bacterial products or furniture polish. In fact the manufacturers of the apple blossom, lavender or sea breeze smells are doing so to disguise the chemicals within. Using basics from the kitchen cupboards can create cleaning products which work just as well as the shop bought equivalents, but without the harmful chemicals and manufactured smells.
Bathroom grout seems to become dirty no matter what we do and with it being white it can sometimes feel like fighting a losing battle. Tiles can cover a large area of the bathroom and getting each and every strip of grout clean can be a real nightmare. Shop purchased cleaners usually work a treat, but some really smell quite strongly, not something you want to breathe in.
For getting rid of grout grab some baking soda and vinegar along with an old toothbrush or grout brush. Spray the grimy area with a 50/50 water/vinegar mix and rub the mixture into the grout working in circles. Next grab the baking soda and make a paste with water and slap this on along the grout lines, rinse and repeat if necessary.
If these techniques are not quite cutting it , this will blast the dirt away with very little effort and only uses water. Should you need to break out the big guns, non-toxic oxygen bleach is the last resort, just make a paste and slap it on, 15 minutes later and your grout grime will disappear.
Have your pans seen better days? Do not put up with cooking on blackened pan bottoms by using this great pan cleaning technique. Although this method is great for cleaning pans, I wouldn’t recommend it for your on-stick collection as it involved using a scouring pad.
First off, fill the pan with a thin layer of water and add 1 cup of vinegar. Pop the pan on the stove and bring it to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat, put in 2 tablespoons of baking soda and watch it fizz. Empty the contents of the pan into the sink. And if need be make a paste with water and baking soda to scrub away any remaining marks.
If you have neglected your toilet for a while you may find a nasty ring forming around the water line.
This can look unsightly and can be quite difficult to get rid of without a whole host of chemicals. For a quick loo fix grab a cheap can of cola, pour it into the toilet and leave it overnight. Cola contains small quantities of phosphoric acid which will dissolve the stains on the ceramic bowl. In the morning give the bowl a good scrub and the grime should come away easily. If there are any stubborn marks then use a pumice stone and gently rub the marks away.