It’s strange how the lighter, sunnier days give us a spring in our step when it comes to clearing away the winter cobwebs in our homes. Perhaps it's the slightly lower spring sun showing up more dust laid down over the winter months, or the birds spring chorus, or the smell of the spring air, but whatever it is, many of us feel a sudden urge to throw open the windows and spring clean our homes at this time of year.
We all know that cleaning with chemicals is not only bad for us and our families but also for the environment. But it’s not always necessary to use harmful chemicals in order to keep a clean home, as natural products can be just as good, even if you chose to use a mixture of chemicals with more natural products you will putting less harmful products into the environment.
In order to clean most items throughout your home you will only need vinegar (white is best) bicarbonate soda and lemon.
Here is some of the ways you can use these natural products:
To clean lime scale from kettles pour in some inexpensive white vinegar so that it cover the element and then boil, ideally you need to wait for this to call, so that it removes all traces of lime scale, then clean out with a brush or cloth.
Cleaning windows, shower screens, tiles
Mix 5 parts water with 1 part vinegar, if you don't like the smell of vinegar add a few drops of essential oils like Orange or lemon.
Clean with bicarbonate soda and a little bit of lemon juice, this will sterilise and eliminate odors from your fridge and worktops.
Removing lime scale from showers:
Put your shower head in a bag full of vinegar over night, this works well on the tubes as well and leave over night. You can use this method on show curtains too if you add vinegar to a washing up bucket.