Cleaning on a regular basis not only leaves everything sparkling but it can also kill harmful bacteria, eliminate dust mites and banish other irritating allergens which can lead to health problems such as asthma and eczema. There really is every reason to keep your environment glistening – both at home and work – so as well as the regular detergents and bleaches, here are eight cleaning essentials you didn’t know you needed.
1. Vinyl gloves
Sure, it’s possible to clean the loo or wipe the surfaces without wearing gloves but why expose yourself to harmful germs and bacteria when you don’t need to? These days there are many cheap and cheerful gloves available including disposable and latex-free varieties which are ideal for allergy suffers, so be sure to view more vinyl gloves here.
2. Lemon juice
Believe it or not, lemon juice is a wonderful, non-toxic cleaning agent that’ll leave your property spic-and-span. As well as being a great substitute for bleach, lemon juice can also be used to shine your taps and metal work surfaces and is ideal for removing nasty odours from your washing machine or dishwasher.
3. Baking soda
Like lemon juice, baking soda is another storage cupboard item that can be used for cleaning. It’s a natural deodoriser and when placed in a stinky fridge can help get rid of all those strong pongs. On a similar note, place a cup of baking soda next to your shoe rack and, again, it will disguise all those cheesy smells.
4. White vinegar
If your drains ever get blocked, remove anything obvious you can see with your hands before spooning down four heaped teaspoons of baking soda and several glugs of white vinegar. Wait for the hissing and bubbling to stop and wash through with hot water – hey presto, your pipes should be clean and clear.
5. Olive oil
Why spend a fortune on furniture polish when you can use a few drops of olive oil instead? Simply pour a little oil onto a cloth and use it on wooden furniture to bring back the shine.
A tiny amount goes a long way and will leave your home lovely and shiny.
Got lots of old newspapers lying around? Haven’t yet been to the recycling bins? Then these can be used to clean your windows. All you need to do is squirt the glass with water, screw the newspaper up into a rough ball and get to work – easy.
7. Cucumber peel
Many shop-bought cleaning products contain a host of toxic chemicals which are not overly good for your health, so if you’re looking for more natural alternatives use cucumber peel to remove marks and stains from walls and mirrors. Similarly, if you don’t want your mirrors to steam up when you’re in the shower, rub them with cucumber peel first to keep them from fogging up.
As you can see, many food items double up as cleaning products and ketchup is no different. Rub this popular sauce onto any copper items that need cleaning, leave it for 30 minutes and you’ll see how it removes all the tarnish.
Cleaning is an important part of life, but there’s no need to break the bank on an array of sprays and concoctions when the above eight products will leave your home in tip-top shape.