Make your own household cleaning products -- 6 super simple recipes
What you need: lemon
bicarbonate of soda
Hi and welcome to another quick guide to spending, eating, playing and living smart from me, Emily Leary and Voucher Codes Pro.
Today I'm going to share with you a few simple recipes for home made household cleaners. These are recipes that might take a little effort, but will save you cash in the long run and vastly reduce the number of nasty chemicals on your surfaces and on your family's skin.
First up, lime scale remover. Now, a lot of lime scale removers you buy in stores are FULL of nasties, but you don't need any of that. To dissolve all of the lime scale all you need is acid. Lemon or vinegar will dissolve lime scale all by itself.
To get the lime scale of your tap, you don't even need to stand there scrubbing with a scourer.
Just wait until last thing at night, then cut a lemon in half, stab it a few times in the fleshy part with a fork to loosen, then twist a half onto the faucet of your tap and secure it with a rubber band. Take it off in the morning, give it a quick wipe and your tap should be lime scale free.
Next up, window cleaner. Again, vinegar works brilliantly with a little cool boiled water but if you happen to have a fizzy water maker like this one then you can add that to the mix and it will do an even better job and the fizz will help loosen any stubborn smudges.
Okay, furniture polish. Expensive, smelly, I'm not a fan. Make your own with a cup of cooled boiled water, a few drops of oil and a few drops of vinegar. Stir it up, decant it into a spray bottle and away you go. You'll want to get the proportions right so don't forget to test it on each surface type before spraying and you'll only need a little bit.
Next up, oven cleaner. I hate cleaning the oven. Good old baking powder is brilliant at cutting through grease. Just mix a liberal scoopful with equal parts vinegar and lemon juice until you have a paste then away you go. If you're not that bothered about going 'all natural' you can add a squirt of washing up liquid to the mixture to help it froth and spread. Either way, you should find it cuts through the grease brilliantly.
Now, shower cleaner. You know all those cleaners that promise a near miraculous streak-free shine? Just put neat white vinegar into an old spray bottle -- it'll get rid of soap residue just as well as the expensive brand cleaners!
And finally, sink plug unblocker. Just pour half a cup of bicarb into the plug hole followed by half a cup of vinegar, wait for it to finish fizzing, then rinse through with warm water. The fizzing melts away the soap and dirt -- so really effective and really quick.
That's it for now. Thanks for watching and, as ever, let me know in the comments if you have any of your own tips to share.