Here’s 10 awesome cleaning tips using just bicarb, lemon and vinegar! 5



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Want to completely clean your house, naturally? Many people want to stop using chemicals around their home because they’re not good for you, are loaded with bad ingredients, and can be expensive.

Why buy off the shelf when you can use just three ingredients to make effective and all natural cleaning products?

Here’s 10 awesome cleaning recipes to get your house spick and span this Christmas.

1.  Clean a smelly or clogged drain

Do you have a clogged or smelly drain? This is an easy fix. Simply add a cup of bicarb soda to any drain and let it sit for an hour. Then, boil 2 cups of vinegar and dump it down the drain. Run hot water and your drain will no longer smell. Easy!

2. Degrease your oven

This is where the magic will be happening this Christmas, and the last thing you want is dangerous chemicals seeping into your cooking. Clean your oven by dust the inside with a light coat of bicarb soda. Spray vinegar with lemon juice over the top of it until it begins to fizz. Leave the solution in for at least four hours and then wipe with a damp cloth.

3. Clean gunk off your iron

Simply take some paper towel and drench it in vinegar. Place on countertop and lay the cool iron over it. After five minutes take it off and wipe the bottom of the iron. Some of the gunk will loosen but once you have gotten off as much as you can with just the vinegar, get a separate paper towel and dip in mixture of water and bicarb soda. Run the iron over the several times.

4. Steam clean your microwave

Mix half a cup of white distilled vinegar, half a cup of water and the juice of half a lemon in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring to a boil inside the microwave for a couple of minutes the baked-on food will be loosened, and odours will disappear. Wipe the inside of the microwave clean.

5. All-purpose cleaner recipe

Forget those expensive cleaners! Mix 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar, 1-2 tsp lemon juice and 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil and add to spray bottle and fill remaining amount with hot water. Use this on your benchtops, sinks – anywhere you need it!

6. Bathtub and tile cleaner

Take a jar or spray bottle and combine:

  • 1 ½ cups of bicarb soda
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • ½ cup of liquid soap
  • 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar

Shake it up before spraying and scrubbing the tub. You can also add a little lemon juice to the mixture to help to eat away grime.

7. Stove top cleaner

Juice half a lemon into a spray bottle filled with vinegar to cut grease. To lift out burnt bits, make a bicarb soda paste with a bit of water and let sit for 30 minutes, then wipe clean.

8. Deodorise cutting boards

Clean stains and germs off your cutting board by squeezing a lemon on the board and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes. Scrub clean with a cloth soaked in vinegar.

9. Streak-free mirrors

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, diluted 1:1 with water and a squeeze of lemon.

10. Lift odours from mattress

To deodorise urine or vomit stains, sprinkle your mattress with bicarb soda, leave for 30 minutes, then vacuum. For fresh, wet stains, scrub with white vinegar and rinse with clean water.


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  1. I use lemon juice and bicarb in my bathroom mix a paste and apply to tiles on walls and floor, bath and vanity , a bit messy rub over leave for a few minutes then rinse with very hot water from the shower, when dry results are fantastic you can see it is really clean. I dont use any thing else being doing it for years, also great in toilet

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