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How To Clean With Natural Products

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Keeping your living space clean, tidy and in the best possible condition is a priority for any home owner. However, many cleaning products are both expensive and potentially damaging to the the environment. There are however numerous inexpensive, readily available and environmentally-friendly products which are equally effective.
What you'll need: 
Lemons
Borax
White Spirit Vinegar
Bicarbonate of Soda
Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
Essential Oils
1: 
Sprinkle a generous amount of bicarbonate of soda over any stained, dirty surface. Its abrasive qualities make it a great scourer. Adding vinegar to the bicarb will cause it to fizz, increasing its efficacy as a grease and stain remover. An open container of bicarb in the fridge is a potent odour killer.
2: 
Vinegar is a highly effective cleaning agent and is a perfect substitute for bleach. It has excellent stain-removing properties on cookware, perspiration-stained clothing and animal urine. Warming the vinegar will increase its ability to remove soap scum or limescale.
3: 
Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle the surface with coarse salt. The result is an acidic scourer which cleans, removes oil and grease and leaves a fresh citrus odour. This is particularly useful when cleaning chopping boards and kitchen surfaces. Lemon juice is also an excellent brass, copper and stainless steel cleaner.
4: 
Borax or Sodium Borate is the trump card in the natural cleaner's hand. A multi-purpose cleaning agent, it is a powerful but entirely safe white powder which acts as a disinfectant, fungicide, general-purpose cleaner, deodoriser, insecticide and even a laundry detergent. Half a cup of borax in half a bucket of warm water can be used in most cleaning situations.
5: 
Olive oil and many naturally fragranced essential oils are useful for treating tired wooden surfaces and are also antibacterial agents. A cedar wood ball or chips sprinkled with lavender or citrus oil is an excellent deodoriser to be placed in sock or clothes drawers.
6: 
Mix bicarbonate of soda with a little warm water to form a thick paste. Spread generously on the surfaces in your oven. Leave overnight and use a coarse brush to scrub the surfaces the next day.
Conclusion: 
Cleaning with natural products is not only far more environmentally-friendly, it is also remarkably cheap and easy. Discard the expensive chemicals and clean naturally.
Tips: 
Buy bicarbonate of soda, salt, vinegar and borax in bulk as buying smaller amounts is far more expensive.

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