There are hundreds, if not thousands of different commercial cleaning products, many of which you have no idea what’s actually inside. With a global pandemic sweeping the world, people are now looking for more natural ways to keep their home clean without the use of harsh chemicals. DIY natural home cleaning is easy, and you’ll often find you have all the ingredients to create your own cleaning products in the cupboards.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at natural cleaning methods for different rooms in the house – looking at some of the more difficult items to clean, starting with the Natural Home Cleaning for your Kitchen.
Remove Crumbs & Debris
Using a clean, dry cloth or a stiff brush to brush the fabric of your sofa ensuring you remove all debris and crumbs.
Remove Bad Smells
Sprinkle the sofa with baking soda and allow this to sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming this up using the brush attachment. If stubborn stains remain, mix baking soda with dry carpet cleaner and allow it to sit on the stain for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming.
If your sofa is the victim of stubborn stains, try taking a teaspoon of washing up liquid and mix this with white vinegar, baking soda and warm water to create a lather. Apply this to the stain and allow time to dry. Wipe the dried surface with a clean cloth to lift residue.
Pet Hair in Carpets
Remove Pet Hair
If your carpet has become embedded with pet hair, try adding 3 parts warm water to 1 part fabric softener, mix this up and spray over your carpet. This should loosen up any embedded pet hair, making it much easier to vacuum up.
If pet hair remains in your carpet, try using a window squeegee as these have been found to be great at removing pet hair from your carpet.
Wooden Picture Frames
Separate your picture frame and place the parts on a soft surface. Use a microfiber cloth or a soft brush to dust your picture frame – Don’t use any liquids on your wooden frame, unless they’re specifically for cleaning wooden products. You might consider adding some wood [olish to your wooden frame to give it a new breath of life. Clean the glass using soap and warm water before putting your picture frame back together.
Metal Picture Frames
Separate the frame and place it on a soft surface to avoid damage. If the metal frame is protected using a lacquer, you can simply clean it using a damp cloth. If the metal frame is not lacquered, you may require specialist silver cleaning products. Clean the glass using warm water and a microfibre cloth.
Empty your bookshelf and pull it away from any walls. Wipe everything down with a dry cloth before treating any minor scratches using a damp cloth and a magic eraser. Vacuum the floor where your bookshelf normally sits before replacing it.
Light Coloured Walls
Dust your walls using a dry cloth or duster before you start cleaning. Create a solution of lukewarm water and white vinegar (or dish soap), then take a sponge or cloth and dip it in the solution. Before cleaning your wall, ensure you wring your cloth out so it’s only slightly damp, then slowly rub any dirt spots on your wall until clean.
Dust your skirting boards before starting using a dry cloth or duster. Create a solution of warm water and a few caps of white vinegar, and soak your sponge/cloth (feel free to add some essential oil for fragrance). Wipe down your skirting boards ensuring to spend a little extra time on stubborn spots.
Depending on whether your table is wood or metal will determine how to clean it. To clean a wood table, create a solution of water, vinegar and a few drops of olive oil. Spray this over your wooden table and wipe down well, ensuring it’s dry.
For stainless steel tables, wipe down using a damp cloth before creating a paste using water and baking soda. Add this to any tough spots, allow to sit for a short time and wipe down thoroughly.
Remove the glass top to your table before cleaning. Create a 50/50 solution of warm water and white vinegar, spray this onto your glass top and wipe down using a microfiber cloth or crumpled piece of newspaper. Finish by buffing with a dry microfiber cloth or dry newspaper. You can also use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of your vinegar and water
Ensuring your blinds are closed, take your vacuum, attach your duster attachment and set to a low suction setting before vacuuming the dust from your blinds. Create a solution of water and vinegar and wipe down your blinds to fight grease spots and further grime. Turn your blinds the other way and repeat.
Real wood blinds don’t tend to pick up any stains as they’re often treated with a polish to repel dirt and grime. Dust your wooden blinds using a duster, old sock or a vacuum with the duster attachment set to the lowest suction setting. If you do notice tough spots, use a cloth soaked in water to wipe down and dry quickly.
Take a duster or vacuum with duster attachment on a low suction setting and dust your blinds before cleaning. If you notice your blinds are stained or sun-dyed yellow you can soak them in cold water and a few cups of liquid bleach for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry off.
Close your blinds before taking your vacuum or duster and dusting your blinds on both sides before wiping down using a damp cloth. If persistent marks remain, create a solution of water and vinegar and use this to fight through any grime and grease.