Are you looking for an all-natural alternative to cleaning products full of harsh chemicals? Want
to cut costs and get creative with your cleaning habits? Well all you’ll need are these three
magic primary ingredients: baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. Below are a few ways they
can help you achieve a sparkling chemical-free kitchen.
If your wooden chopping boards are in need of a good clean, use this simple trick. Sprinkle the
surface with some coarse salt, chop a lemon in half and use it as a scrub to scour the board
clean. Squeeze the lemon slightly as you’re going along to release some juice. Allow to sit for 5
minutes, then rinse and wipe off with a wet sponge.
For a basic all purpose cleaner, mix vinegar and water in equal amounts into a reusable spray
bottle (or bowl) and use to wipe down your kitchen surfaces. For more of a long lasting and
fragranced concoction; combine 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water and about 2 tsp of lemon juice.
Add a few drops of essential oils for different scents. Mix together in a spray bottle and voilà,
you’re very own homemade antibacterial cleaning spray.
To unclog blocked drains, start by pouring ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar
down the clogged drain. Cover with a wet cloth and leave for 5 minutes. Remove the cloth, then
flush down with boiling hot water.
Are all your oven trays greasy, brown, with burnt-on residue? Rejuvenate them back to their
former glory by placing them in a plugged sink, then pouring over a mixture of ½ cup of water
and ½ cup of baking soda. Let it all sit for between 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub with a
Pots & Pans
If your pots and pans are caked in burnt-on grease and grime there’s no need to throw them
away, give them a second chance at life with this easy technique. Fill the burnt pot with one cup
of water and one cup of vinegar, then bring to the boil over a high heat. Once the mixture is
boiling remove from the heat, place in the sink and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Once the
mixture has finished fizzing, empty it out and then scrub clean with a scouring pad. For any
stubborn spots just add a touch more baking soda as you scrub, then rinse.