- To clean the toilet use 1 cup baking soda to 1 cup white vinegar. The reaction creates a bit of a "volcano" effect which can add a bit of fun to the chore. Make sure to swish it all around the bowel, leave for 5-10 minutes and then scrub thoroughly. Use straight vinegar to clean the rest of the toilet and surrounds
- To clean stained cups or mugs - use salt mixed with a little water to make a paste, then rub over stains. Clean with hot, soapy water
- To clean the bottom of pots - salt and vinegar mixed to a paste and scrub
- To clean stainless steel, use baking soda mixed with a little water to make a paste Scrub well and then rinse in hot water
- To cut through stubborn stains on dishes and most surfaces, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Then use as a scrub on those stubborn stains!
- For a natural furniture polish, use 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice
- For a natural window cleaner combine 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar and ½ - 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent (try Ecostore or similar) in a spray bottle. Shake to mix and spray on windows before buffing off. The detergent will help to remove the waxy build up often left by commercial window cleaning products; vinegar alone doesn't have quite the same result.
- For a natural washing powder
1 cup bicarbonate soda, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup soap flakes (Lux or grated Sunlight or other) and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Mix altogether and use ½ cup for an average load - you may need more if you have a larger machine or a very dirty load.
- All Purpose Disinfecting Spray
2 Cups Water 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
5 drops Tea Tree Oil 5 drops Lavender Oil
Combine and store in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. The vinegar works on the odour quickly and does not linger as chemical fragrances do.