Yesterday we started with Laundry, and today we are going to move onto cleaning other parts of the house, all with natural products. Just as Spring is pretending to make an appearance! (I don’t believe it yet! I am a cynic!) As a reminder, the list of ingredients we are going to need is White Vinegar, Bicarbonate of Soda, Lemons or Lemon Juice, Salt, Olive oil, Bar Soap, Liquid Dishwashing soap, Washing Soda, Borax or Borax substitute and essential oils of your choice.
This week I am painting the kitchen and our downstairs toilet and sink. Getting the toilet sparkling and clean is definitely one of those tasks that I need to do before the house goes on the market. A really good toilet cleaner is to use 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup of white vinegar as well as 10 drops of essential oil. It is a bit fiddly to use, as you need to shot off the flow valve to the toilet and flush once or twice until the water is completely drained. Pour the bicarbonate of soda in the bowl and then pour in the vinegar, making sure to get the vinegar around as much of the bowl as possible. Add the essential oil. The bicarbonate of soda and the vinegar will react and fizz spectacularly. This is completely normal, so don’t worry, and use your brush to scrub the bowl to get rid of any stubborn stains. Once done, turn the water back on and flush the toilet. Sparkling toilet.
Incidentally, if you want to horrify yourself, you can also use a bottle of Cola. Pour directly into the bowl, swish and swipe around then leave it for an hour or so and flush the toilet. It will be clean. If the cola does that to the toilet bowl, what on EARTH is it doing to your Gastrointestinal tract?! Just a thought…! (I am hoping the same cannot be said for Root Beer, because I love Root Beer. Please do not experiment and tell me if it works… sob…!)
Now we have the toilet clean, what about a cleaner for the rest of the room? Well, if you use 3/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda, about a 1/4cup of lemon juice (probably the juice from 1/2 a lemon), 3 tablespoons of salt, 3 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice, you can make a homemade bathroom cleaner. Mix all of those ingredients together in a medium bowl to make a paste, then use a sponge to apply to the bath,shower, walls and sinks. You might need the test a small area to make sure the paste does not scuff the bath surface. If it does, just leave the salt out of the mixture. Make sure you rinse the area well with water and a wet rag and then clean with a dry rag or old towel. The place will shine!
In our bathroom, we also have mirror which gets a lot of abuse. It has all kinds of stuff on it and it looks disreputable. But you can also make a homemade glass cleaner. Take one and a half cups of white vinegar and one and a half cups of water along with 5-10 drops of essential oil and put into a spray bottle. Then use the wiper of your choice. I like to use crumpled up newspaper. Gets the glass to a beautiful shine and with no streaks. This cleaner can also be used on windows.
My house is going to shine like a diamond! Now… who want to buy a house sized diamond! 😉