Natural Cleaners using Bicarbonate of Soda, Citric Acid, White Vinegar and other things you’ll find at home.
Natural Cleaner Ingredients
Citric acid effectively kills bacteria, mould and mildew and it’s great for general disinfecting and cleaning. It’s great at removing soap scum, hard water stains, lime and rust.
Citric Acid can substitute a wide range of cleaning jobs as it’s so versatile annd it can replace cleaning products such as metal cleaners, carpet cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwasher cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, soap-scum removers, bathroom cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, window cleaners, stain removers, and dishwasher rinse aids.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) is a super-effective, but gentle abrasive and a great natural deodoriser, which makes it ideal for natural cleaning.
Vinegar’s acidity is what makes it such a good cleaner. Because vinegar is so acidic, it can counteract some serious buildups of yuck. It can dissolve soap scum and sticker glue. White vinegar can be strong though, so always combine it with water to dilute it, getting stronger only as needed.
My Grandma always swore the best way to clean windows annd mirrors was vinegar and newspapers. Smear with a vinegar/water mix, buff off with the newspaper. This combo also gives kitchen cabinets an extra-clean shine.
For kettles, just pour a spoonful of citric acid into a kettle and add about an inch of water, so that the element or base plate is covered with water. Switch on the kettle and as it heats up, you will see the limescale fizzing as it reacts with the acid. You can turn the kettle off before it reaches the boil. If the fizzing stops and there is limescale remaining, then repeat the process until all limescale is removed. Discard the water, rinse out the kettle a couple of times before you next use it to make your favourite cuppa.
1. Mix equal amounts of citric acid and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
2. Add 2/3 sprays of water from a spray bottle and mix in thoroughly. Repeat.
3. Now add 4/5 drops of your favourite essential oil – lemon myrtle is a popular choice as it has a lovely fresh lemony smell.
4. To test your mixture, spoon into your chosen mould such as an ice cube tray, and press down firmly with the back of a teaspoon. Turn out immediately. If it holds its shape, great, carry on and fill the tray. If it crumbles, then return to the bowl and add a couple more squirts of water. It is important not to make the mixture too moist as the fizzing reaction will occur in the bowl and not in the toilet where you need it!
5. Turn out onto greaseproof paper and leave to firm up overnight. Transfer to a jar and use as necessary.
50g citric acid
Into a bottle, shake until dissolved. Use as fabric softener or dishwasher rinse aid and for shining up sinks and showers as it’s a great limescale remover. Just be sure not to use on marble or limestone surfaces.
Make a paste with Bicarbonate of Soda and water. Use a thin cloth to spread it on all parts of your oven except the heating elements. Leave the paste on overnight or for as long as you can during the day, then use the Bambu scraper to wipe off the majority of the paste with the grime below.
If your oven is particularly greasy, you can spray a little vinegar on first. The action of the vinegar reacting with the Bicarbonate of Soda will produce fizzing which will help to lift the last of the grease.
Pour some Bicarbonate of Soda down the drain and follow with a little vinegar for a great drain clearer.
You’ll need a jar, a rubber band, and construction paper (glossy ads can work as well).
Poke holes in the paper, Fill the jar with baking soda. Cover the jar with the paper and secure it with a rubber band. Now you can shake away, and you will get more even coverage of the area.
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet, and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. An hour or even overnight is better, as long as you can keep everybody off the carpet, including your pets to make sure the mixture stays one the carpet. Then, vacuum it up, and the smell will be gone! (To make a sprinter you can fasten a piece of thick paper to the top of a jar with an elastic band or string, and poke holes into the paper.)
Put water and half a lemon in a bowl, and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Dip a cloth into the water (it will be hot) and use it to wipe all around the now steamy parts of the inside of the microwave. Any dirt should just lift away. If needed for stubborn stains, turn on the microwave for a further minute for added steam.
Red Wine Stains
Traditionally one of the most feared stains, but all you actually need is Bicabonate of Soda!
If you spill red wine on your carpet, immediately pour Bicarbonate of Soda all over the stain. You will need quite a thick application. Then leave it. No need to wipe, poke or move it around. Just leave it until tomorrow. Just the perfect thing when you’ve been having a lovely evenning drinking red wine.
The next day, the Bicarbonate of Soda will have soaked up the red wine, and should have swelled up to look a brownish colour pile that will make you look twice. Checking the pile is mostly dry, you can vacuum or sweep it away, and the red wine should have gone with it.
Stains from sweaty armpits are slightly acidic, which means they will dissolve away in the presence of another acid, like vinegar. Make a gentle mix of 25% vinegar to 75% water and dip in the effected armpit in your favourite shirt. Let it soak for a minute or two, then give it a handwash. For really stubborn marks, you may have to create a stronger mix, but don’t go any stonger then 50/50 for fear of starting to dissolve the fabric.
Stained and smelly food containers
This works equally well on plastic tupperware as it does on Stainless Steel water bottles. Just mix a little bicarb in with some hot water until dissolved, then pour into the affected receptical. Leave to sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Not only will the container be clean but any lingering smells will have gone too.
Do you know of any more natual cleaning recipes that work? I’d love to hear them and add them in here for more people to try out. Just comment below, or drop me a message.