Let’s get the rest of the house clean…

The kitchen is now decluttered (did that on Saturday) and is now freshly painted as well.  The place looks great, and I am so pleased with it.  Now, I just need to deep clean it and keep it that way!  Obviously my trusty steam cleaner will be used to great effect, but it is always useful to have a cleaning spray on hand to wipe up some spills and messes.

If you eat a lot of citrus fruit, you can make your own citrus enzyme cleaner.  Take the peel of the fruit (lemons, oranges, mandarins, grapefruit) and put in a large glass jar.  When the jar is packed full of the skins, put in white vinegar to the top of the jar, screw the lid on and put the jar in a dark warm place for a couple of weeks.  Shake the jar when you happen to be passing and then at the end of the two weeks, drain the vinegar and reserve it.  Put the citrussy vinegar into a spray bottle with some water to top it off, and I swear, it is a fabulous cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom.

citrus fruit

Another recipe is using 1 tablespoon of borax or borax substitute,  1 tablespoon of washing soda, 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap, 1 cup of vinegar, and 4 cups of hot water along with 25-30 drops of essential oil.  Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl until they are all combined and then pour into a spray bottle.  Spray on to the surface of your choice and then wipe off with a damp cloth.  This spray is suitable for practically any surface.

I don’t know about you, but my kitchen floor is a magnet for spills.  I clean the floor regularly, and although I use the steam cleaner most often, you can also use this recipe for a floor cleaner.  Take 1 cup of white vinegar, half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, 8-10 cups of hot water, 1 tablespoon of borax, 1 tablespoon of washing soda, and 30 drops of essential oil of your choice.  Mix the ingredients in a large bucket until all the powdered ingredients have dissolved.  Use a mop or sponge to wipe down the floor and then use a towel or rag to dry it to avoid accidents.  Shiny, lovely smelling floor.

washing soda

Our kitchen also has a stainless steel gas hob.  You can clean that using 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, half a cup of vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water.  Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle.  It will fizz and foam, but when it stops bubbling, put the cap on and then spray the stainless steel hob and wipe clean.  Dry it with a lint free rag.  If you want to add a shine, then you can use a bit of olive oil on a soft rag.  Rub the rag over the stainless steel and enjoy your handiwork.

Do you have a dishwasher?  You can make your own dishwasher detergent using 1 cup of baking soda, 2 cups of borax, 1/2 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of vinegar added to the rinse compartment.  Mix the first three ingredients well and store in an airtight container.  To use, add 1 tablespoon to each of the 2 compartments in your dishwasher and don’t forget the vinegar in the rinse compartment.

furniture polish

The only thing that I think we haven’t covered is how to clean the wooden furniture.  Take 3/4 cup of olive oil, the juice from 1/2 lemon, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 3-4 drops of essential oil.  Dampen a rag and squeeze out excess water.  Dip the damp rag into the furniture polish liquid and wipe on the surface of the furniture.  Buff off with an old towel.  This can also be used on the stainless steel parts of the kitchen as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini-cleaning series.  You will forgive me if I leave this topic alone for a bit now, because I am up to my neck in doing in real life.  On the upside, these recipes are really rather environmentally friendly as well as being purse-friendly.  I hope you feel inspired to spring clean with me.  I like the idea of others suffering the same pain as I am!  Misery does love company! 😉

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