Tips for cleaning your home with natural products that are easy find

31 July 2018 | By Annalisa De Maria in To know more about

The question arises spontaneously: “Is the only way to ensure that the surfaces of my ‘home sweet home’ are shiny, brilliantly disinfected, sanitized (and so on and so forth) is by using lots of chemically based products?”

No: a viable alternative exists. Suggestions come from nature and the experience of our grandmothers. They will thank us for takig better care of our household drains which are not happy to accept acids and substances that release terrible myomas that poison seas and rivers. Let’s not forget, in fact, the black crosses and skulls on the bottles, which invite you to use them with great caution and not to inhale their fumes since they are corrosive and urticating.

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Let’s start with the parquet: to polish them you can use natural waxes or virgin beeswax.

To clean normal floors, just use hot water mixed with wine vinegar, which has a high cleaning and degreasing power. If you smell a strong smell of vinegar after cleaning, don’t worry. The vinegar has a penetrating smell but evaporates and fades in a few minutes, leaving the surfaces clean. For ceramic or steel sinks it is possible to use a paste composed of water and bicabonate of soda to be used on a sponge. Bicarbonate eliminates residues, restores brightness and does not scratch: therefore it is suitable for cleaning delicate surfaces. It is also hygienic and does not contain toxic substances and can therefore come into contact with food (it is no coincidence that it is used to wash fruit and vegetables). After having passed the sponge around various parts of the sink, simply rinse with plenty of water.

For stoves, especially steel stoves, use a sponge soaked in hot water and bicarbonate of soda or white wine vinegar with high emollient power.

Let’s move on to glass and windows: it can be cleaned with a spray that contains water and vinegar mixed in equal parts. Then rinse with pure water and dry. It’s best to use microfiber cloths, which save time, effort and water.

To clean the oven, use hot water, lemon or white vinegar. For particularly stubborn and cooked-on dirt, leave a pot full of boiling water (to which you have added a tablespoon of ammonia) inside for an entire night. The next day you can remove the dissolved dirt with a sponge.

And now it’s the turn of the toilet. Elbow greese and sodium bicarbonate passed on the toilet brush or pure vinegar diluted in a little hot water. For any surface it is always advisable to use microfibre cloths: to clean them, just rinse them or boil them with Marseille soap.


Is it for plates? Don’t worry: a recipe is available to help us prepare a natural detergent that can be used for both hand and dishwasher washing. Take three lemons, cut them into five thin slices and remove the seeds. Put them in a blender (but you can also use a mixer) with 200 ml of water, 100-200 grams of vinegar and 200 grams of fine salt. After blending the mixture for 10-15 minutes with 200 ml of boiling water, leave it to cool down and place in a glass container. Two tablespoons of this compound, combined with the cleaning power of hot water, degrease very well without leaving chemical residues on the dishes.

Do you want a very fast solution? Use the tepid left-over pasta water (having boiled and cooked your pasta for dinner). Being rich in starch, it has a high degreasing value and removes all the grease on your plates. The watchword: clean and environmentally friendly.

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