It’s time to de-clutter your home again and freshen up your interiors to welcome the New Year.
Perhaps you are one who prefers to clean using homemade cleaning solution because you don’t like cleaning detergents sold in the market, and you are wondering how to begin.
Below are some possible eco-friendly tips which you may try to kick start your cleaning regime during spring cleaning exercise:
- Instead of using peroxide like Clorex to clean the floor, you can use vinegar to remove stains on floor tiles, watermarks on shower doors and shower heads.
- For chrome surfaces like household utensils that become dull, you can use baking soda to clean and polish them.
- Use vinegar or citric acid from lemon to remove mineral residue in the kettle.
- To clean grease, food stains, neutralize smell in the microwave, prepare half a bowl of water mixed with half bowl of vinegar and let it boil in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Caked food on the microwave will get loosened and unpleasant food smell in microwave will be lessened.
- Sprinkle baking soda generously on fresh liquid stains on rug/carpet, sofa, or mattress. Gently brush the baking soda into the soiled area and leave the baking soda on the stain for half a day to absorb liquid spillage and odour. Vacuum carpet thoroughly the next day, or wipe the treated fabric surface with clean damp cloth to remove the remaining baking soda. Use hair dryer to blow dry the damp area to prevent watermark from forming.
- For unsightly marks like crayon, food stain, on your wall, you can clean them by using non-gel toothpaste. Squeeze a dope of non-gel toothpaste onto soft bristle toothbrush and gently scrub the stain away. Wipe the wall with clean damp cloth.
- Charcoal is becoming a popular odour absorber. So if you want to get rid of unpleasant smell in your shoe cabinet or ward robe, pantry, etc, you can place a couple of medium sized charcoal in your cabinet. You’ll notice significant reduction of bad odour after leaving the charcoal there for few days.
- Your wooden furniture are looking dull and losing its shine. You can mix 2 parts of olive oil with 1 part of lemon juice and wipe your wooden furniture surfaces with the olive oil solution. This solution will be able to shine wooden furniture without causing damage.
While eco friendly cleaning products are safer than chemical based cleaning products sold in the market, effectiveness of the cleaning tips above varies according to the condition of furniture or items that you intend to clean.
If you are facing some difficulties in cleaning your furniture, it is highly recommended to contact professional cleaning services or check back with the shop where you purchase the items from to ensure the furniture or item is being cleaned using the recommended cleaning method or products.