Cleaning the Green Way – the only way to do it
These are some tricks you want to keep up your sleeve to help you throughout the year, when you’re cleaning your home or vehicle. The thing with cleaning tips is that you cannot get enough, just try them out and see which suit you and your lifestyle best.
We are going to tackle stain-busting, pest-control and grime-scouring with these tips. We also want these cleaning tips to be as natural and eco-friendly as possible. So, let’s get started.
Cleaning a vent or hood
Mineral oil – this works better than hot/warm water and a micro-fibre cloth. Make sure to get the dust off first, and try to do this regularly so that the oils and condensation do not build up leaving too much grime.
Using mineral oil is also handier when tackling fingerprints – so you can get a streak-free shine. This is a great ingredient to use on any stainless steel surface and appliance.
Polishing stainless steel
We all know that stainless steel is gorgeous, yet it does have its drawbacks!
It exposes everything, literally – fingerprints, that extra bit of grease, water splashes…so what’s the solution?
Spray a mixture of plain white vinegar on your finger-printed and greasy steel surfaces. Any smudges will rub right off, work in circular motions.
If you want your stainless steel to look as good as new, you might want to rub it with a bit of olive oil.
A homemade solvent is one of the best ways to go. You want to mix equal quantities of baking soda and vinegar. Hot water will do the trick too, it might just take a while longer.
This is something that will spiff up any white surface, such as your sink, toilet bowl, or any grout.
Due to the super harsh fumes and chemical makeup of the usual oven cleaner you want to steer clear of them. There are a few things that you can do whilst the oven is still warm.
When a dish spills over whilst cooking, cover the spill in salt which will make it so much easier to clean up afterwards when it cools down. An even better idea would be to place a tray at the very bottom of the oven so that you’re always covered for a spill.
For the interior you can easily degrease with hot soapy water and a scrubbing sponge, you might also want to use a scraper but do so with caution. For tougher stains make a paste with water and baking soda and leave overnight.
When it comes to the racks, it’s best to soak them for a couple of hours. If you don’t have the time, or you do this exercise regularly then you can fill your sink with warm to hot water and a bit of soap. Then scrub away.
Some top surfaces gather a lot of dust. In an ideal situation you would be able to dust them every other week. If this is not possible, you might want to consider lining the surface, especially if it’s not very visible.
You can do so with a piece of plastic or just cover the top with a cotton cloth – either wiping that or washing the cloth often. The plastic sheet is easier to clean and keep your surfaces intact – it’s like lining the insides of your cabinet drawers.
All you need to do is pass a damp cloth over the top and you’re done. If you cannot stick plastic or use a cotton sheet, just use a damp cloth to slowly wipe off the layers of dust.
Removing stickers and labels
These can be fixed in the most awkward and visible places which makes it even more essential to remove them properly – without scratching or damaging your piece.
White vinegar will loosen paper stickers if sponged on – just let the sponge sit for a few minutes before scraping the sticker off.
Some have also found eucalyptus oil to be great for such a tedious task.
We hope that these tips were helpful and that you will be able to ditch most of your chemical-ridden products for such natural methods!