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Save pounds and the environment with these easy DIY cleaning products and hacks

Let’s face it, cleaning products can be expensive. And although they might smell great and are super convenient, some often contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.

So, whether you’re looking to save pounds, help the environment, or you’ve simply realised you’re missing a crucial product, we’ve put together some handy DIY cleaning products to keep your home fresh and sparkling.

DIY Cleaner – Basic Ingredients

If you’re starting to build a DIY green cleaners tool box, the following are the top ingredients you’ll want to have around.

  • Baking soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
  • Lemon juice: disinfects and whitens
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Essential oils, e.g. tea tree oil, lavender oil: helps freshen air and diffuses unwanted odours
  • Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels
  • White vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
  • Olive or vegetable oil: lifts dirt
  • Water

ALL-IN-ONE

You can use this cleaner for everything — from streak-free mirrors to wiping out the fridge. For easy access, keep it pre-mixed in a reused spray bottle.

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, non-toxic and readily available. It’s key to this spray as it’s a nearly odourless liquid that has stronger capabilities than vinegar and works like bleach, but without any harmful health or environmental effects. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and add a citrus scent, whilst water helps dilute the mixture.

TUB AND TILE CLEANER

This easy mixture will keep your bathroom’s tub and tiles glistening. In a jar or spray bottle, simple combine:

  • 1 2/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Shake well before using, and apply with a cloth or sponge. Ensure to rinse thoroughly.
FLOOR CLEANER

It’s so important to keep your floors clean, whether it’s in the office or at home. But sometimes it can be tricky to know what to use to keep them clean. Simply add the following to a gallon of warm water and watch those floors shine!

  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • A small squeeze of castile soap
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 drops of tea tree essential oil (optional)

This mix will not only work effectively but will smell fresh and uplifting. A bonus? Tea tree oil is considered to be antiseptic and antibacterial.

STAINLESS STEEL SINKS

A fresher-smelling stainless steel kitchen sink is easy to achieve if you use the following products.

  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Paper towels
  • White vinegar

Wet the sink, and sprinkle baking soda over the surface. Scrub thoroughly, and then rinse. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and the same paste on the rim. Line the sink with paper towels that you’ve soaked in white vinegar. Leave them there for 20 minutes.

What are your favourite DIY cleaning products? Let us know!

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10 home and lifestyle hacks to kick off your new year

Welcome to 2017! We hope you had a sparkling Christmas and New Year!

What better way to kick things off than to let you know about 10 home and lifestyle hacks which will save you so much time in 2017?

Why not try a DIY surface cleaner? These do the job for nearly every surface, so why not give it a go? Combine four tablespoons of baking soda with one quarter warm water and watch the dirt vanish. Simple!

  1. Banish the pesky pet odours – sprinkle some baking soda on your pet’s bedding and leave it for 15 minutes before vacuuming.
  2. If your drain is slowly clogging, pour ½ cup of baking soda down it and follow it down with ½ cup of vinegar. Don’t forget to cover it with a wet cloth for five minutes and then wash away with hot water.
  3. Windows need an extra sheen? Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water (approx.) and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on the desired windows and wipe away with a microfiber cloth. It’s important that you use a microfiber cloth to prevent streaking.
  4. These frosty mornings often lead to a layer of ice forming on your car windscreen and windows in the mornings. Mix three parts vinegar with one-part water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on the car windows as needed when ice forms!
  5. Iron not working as well as it used to? Before you consider replacing, clean the bottom of the iron by sprinkling salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.
  6. If your stainless steel appliances need a little freshen up, simply rub half a lemon of the surface to remove build up. If you want that extra sparkle, sprinkle a little salt on the object before rubbing the lemon on it. This trick works great on bathroom taps, where there is a build-up of soap! You could also try this on your cutlery – your dinner guests will be impressed!
  7. Buff your marble table top with car polish – this will leave a thin, invisible film which helps reduce the risk of stains!
  8. Toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth! Pop a bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and lightly apply to your trainers to remove any stains and keep them looking sparkling!
  9. Baking soda seems to be the answer to all domestic cleaning worries! Simply pour a cup in with your washing and your clothes will look so much cleaner and brighter.
  10. Mix vinegar and baking soda together for a great oven cleaner!

Have you tried any of these life hacks? Let us know your favourites!