Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Top 10 Natural Cleaning Tips

I love a clean home, in fact I would go so far in saying that cleaning is a hobby of mine. I do worry about all the chemicals that I use on a daily basis though. Recently I have been use more natural products to clean, with some amazing results. Here are my top 10 natural cleaning tips, let me know if you have used any or if you have any tips yourself.

1. In a microwave put a cupful of cold water, and half a lemon. Microwave for a two minutes until the water heats up. Leave in the microwave for a couple of minutes, remove the cup and then wipe the inside with a damp cloth. The steam will loosen any grime and the lemon will make it smell nice.

2. A lemon can also work wonders on your cutting board. To remove stains cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the surface. Leave to stand for 20 minutes and then rinse. Result - a stain free board that smells fresh.

3. To remove coffee stains in china cups, make up a mixture of half salt and half vinegar. Use this with a soft cloth to scrub the inside of the cups to remove all the stains in no time.

4. To clean your oven, firstly wipe over with a cloth to get rid of any loose particles, then sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda all over the burnt on grime. Next get some white vinegar and sprinkle all over the baking soda. The vinegar will react with a baking soda like magic, and fizz up to clean off the burnt on food. Wipe off with a clean cloth.

5. To freshen up a carpet, sprinkle liberally with bicarbonate of soda and leave overnight. The next morning vacuum up and your carpet should smell fresher and look much cleaner. It's important to have a good vacuum cleaner, I recommend my Dyson as it picks up more than traditional cleaners due to its bagless technology.

6. To clean blinds, make a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Wrap a clean sock around your hand and dip in the mixture, then wipe over the blinds to clean.

7. To clean a shower head, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Then immerse the shower head in the bag so it is covered. Leave overnight, then rinse. Any hard water marks and mould should be removed.

8. Clean drains by pouring vinegar down them, leaving for 30 minutes then rinsing with water.

9. To remove crayon marks from white walls, make a bicarbonate of soda paste with equals parts of baking soda and water then apply to the walls with a soft cloth. The marks should come off easily.

10. To clean your metal taps, work in a small amount of toothpaste, then get a soft cloth and buff dry. The taps should sparkle.

So these are my top 10 natural cleaning tips. With a handful of natural substances like lemons, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and toothpaste you can have a cleaner and healthier home.

* A post in collaboration with Tesco


  1. These are some fantastic tips Mel - I prefer to use natural solutions for cleaning to keep chemicals in the house to a minimum so going to refer back to this post :)

    Laura x

    1. I think it's especially important when you have kids in the house.

  2. These tips are fantastic! There's definitely more than a few here that I want to try! The cooker one is top of my list.


  3. I use lemon in my dishwasher too. It gives the dishes an extra fresh shine - to be honest I use in the microwave as it saves wasting it. Also, I add a cinnamon stick to the inside of my hoover. I have a Dyson so it's easy to get into the compartment where all the dust is sucked into (I'm not explaining this very well am I!) but the cinnamon gives a lovely scent to the carpets and house in general when hovering

    1. Yes I have heard of that tip, will have to try it, thanks for sharing.

  4. Vinegar is the cure for pretty much everything I think! I love the idea of putting cinnamon in the hoover, mentioned above :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  5. I love diy cleaning tips! Thank you for sharing.
    Another one I like to do is using vinegar & newspaper to clean windows!
    It works! (But you may need to open the windows after to get rid of the smell) Haha.
    Sarah xxx

    1. I was going to put that tip in Sarah, but I didn't have the space.

  6. Oh thats a great list of tips and cleaning methods that are more natural. I tried the microwave one the other day, great work!

    1. My husband is naughty, he never cleans the microwave, so I find I use that tip a lot.

  7. Great tips, I just reach for the Cif but should perhaps be a little more creative!


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