Avoid harsh chemicals
Don’t fall for marketing gimmicks, those cleaning products won’t provide you with a miracle cure for getting rid of dirt. The best treatment always has been, and always will be, elbow grease and a natural ingredients. For instance:
- baking powder (bi-carbonate soda) makes a wonderful cleanser. It removes discolouration in the bottom of teacups, and works wonders for removing stains from your pots and pans
- Use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water as a Spray-and-Wipe substitute that can be used both in the kitchen and the bathroom (but not on stone or marble though, as it will corrode the surface). Better for your skin and easy on the nose!
Don’t bother with the old squeegey that leaves puddles of water at the base of the window:
- Kill two birds with one stone by using old newspapers as a window cleaner. Then you can still pop it in the recycling afterwards! Used with the water-and-vinegar mix above, news print is fantastic for a streak-free clean.
- A smear of tea-tree oil (again, applied using newspapers) can help to keep windows and mirrors fog-free.
At the end of the day, the most effective way to get a clean house is to just get off your butt and do some cleaning!
What other chemical-free, or environmentally friendly house cleaning techniques do you use? Feel free to share in the comments!