Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Cleaning Without the Cleaning Products

Some cleaning jobs are a real chore and expensive too if you buy many of the big brand cleaning products available. But you can make all those niggling jobs easier and cheaper (plus kinder to the environment) to carry out by using other items from your kitchen cupboards.

When a casserole, cottage pie or whatever oozes on to the base of the oven take immediate action by sprinkling the spillage liberally with salt. Leave to cool, then the offending mess can be lifted off as a hard crust. So much easier than scrubbing.

Don’t spend money on fridge fresheners; just place a small bowl of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge to absorb any unwelcome whiffs. Don’t forget to change it regularly.

If you have chalky deposits round the base of your taps, soak some heavy-duty kitchen roll (e.g. Regina Blitz) in white wine vinegar, wrap it around the affected area and leave for a few hours. Rinse and dry for a gleaming, lime scale-free finish.

To clean a microwave, place a bowl of water inside and heat for 2-3 minutes. This loosens grime which will then wipe away. For added freshness, add a couple of slices of lemon.

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