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There was a time when I was young and carefree, then I woke up one day and I found out that having my kitchen clean makes me happy.


I was raised by a very tidy mum. She always used to tell me: "cleaning is a form of respect for yourself and the others." I would never reach her level (she still irons absolutely everything that can be washed: all the bedding, the socks, the underwear and even the kitchen clothes...) but I realise now in my 30is that having a clean home makes my life easier and it helps my mental health as well.


Cleaning such a relaxing activity. I feel that while I am cleaning the tub, I am also cleaning my brain somehow, I am washing away my anxiety and my stress level is lower after. It is basically like a cardio session. And the satisfaction of seeing my flat spotless is more or less the same as buying a beautiful design item on eBay for a fraction of the price.


Speaking of money...how many bottles of cleaning products have you got under the sink? I bet at least 6 different ones: one for glass/mirrors, one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen, one for dusting, the laundry detergent and the washing up soap.


Last year I started to pay more attention to what I am cleaning with. Not only for my health, (I even started to clean with rubber gloves on to protect my very dry hands from chemicals!) but also to reduce my impact on the environment. After all, we all share the same planet.

I gathered together all the notions that my grandmother and my mum gave to me growing up about homemade cleaning products and I also did some research about it online.

Pinterest is an endless source of tips and tricks of all kinds and I found many cleaning recipes that I saved and tried (I could watch the videos the whole day like a drug addict!)

I then understood that we actually need fewer detergents to clean in a fast and effective way.


Disclaimer: I still buy some products like my washing machine pods. I am not completely sold to the 100% natural because I don't have the time physical time/energy to make all my cleaning detergents on my own but I am still happy about my small changes. It is still better than nothing.

However, I found the brand Smol, which is great because it is plastic-free and very effective against the dirt as well as being reasonably priced!



What I am not buying anymore? All the sprays. I simply don't need them as I can easily make them on my own.


Baking soda is a human-made product but definitely a less harmful and toxic one compared to the others.



Washing up liquid is not only great for the dishes but it can be used to do a powerful kitchen spray. I usually buy it in bulk on Amazon to save money as I use it to make my own multipurpose detergent.



The best cleaning products are natural, such as lemon and white vinegar.

To give a nice smell, essential oils such as peppermint or lavender can be added.


I swear it won't take long cleaning like this: I work full time so I don't have time to waste either.

I just take an empty spray bottle and add these ingredients inside for a powerful kitchen anti-grease spray:

3 tablespoon of washing up liquid

5 drops of tea tree essential oil

1 cup of white vinegar

2 cups of water

It can be used to clean the fridge, the sink and the stove in a split second and without residues.


How to descale the kettle without harsh chemicals:

Put the juice of a half lemon and three slices inside the kettle then add 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 cup f white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt.

Put the kettle on and make the mixture boil then shake it.

Repeat the process 4 times.

The kettle will be brand new!


The best all-purpose cleaning paste on earth or hard stains:

Create a thick paste mixing 1 /2 cup of baking soda or bicarbonate of soda with a tablespoon of washing up liquid and vinegar. Stir until creamy then use for deep clean of:

-oven

-shower

-tub

-trainers


How to clean stained plastic containers:

Coat in white vinegar and let it sit overnight. Wash as usual.


Showerhead:

Pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag, and secure it to your shower head with a twist-tie. Make sure there's enough vinegar so the bottom part of the showerhead is submerged. Leave the bag overnight. Remove the next morning just before showering.


Silver jewellery: if you don't have a specific cloth it's fine. Mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the paste with a soft cloth (not paper towels, which can scratch). When the cloth turns grey, wash it and keep cleaning until the silver is tarnish-free. Then rinse and dry it.


How to clean your mattress:

First, remove all the bedding. Then, pour baking soda into a strainer and sprinkle the entire mattress. Let it sit for an hour and a half and after hoover it away.

No more stains and no more odours!


How to clean mould:

Use white distilled vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle without water. Add only a few drops of tea tree oil. Spray the vinegar onto the mouldy surface and leave it to sit for an hour. Finally, wipe the area clean with water and allow the surface to dry.

Find out here the best ways to clean carpets here: Damp Carpet Smell


How to clean the microwave:

Take a glass bowl and pour some water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Add some lemon slices and some lemon juice. Put in the microwave and run on high for a couple of minutes. The steam will melt the dirt inside and after you can wipe it away easily with a sponge. It will also get rid of any unpleasant food smell.


How to clean a wooden cutting board:

Now and then sprinkle some salt on the wooden cutting board and scrub vigorously with a cut in half lemon. Rinse with water and add a drop of olive oil on it and rub it in with a lint-free cloth. This procedure will keep your chopping board brand new!


Thank you for reading my post today, I hope you found some useful tricks!

If you have any other tips to clean more sustainably please feel free to share it in the comments.

Would you like to know more about my cleaning habits?

Check this article:

Tidy up hacks for full-time workers


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