Cleaning can become a daily grind to keep your home fresh and clean, I don’t know about you but I hate cleaning my bathrooms, they are such a tricky room in the home to keep completely clean, that was until I made my own cleaning paste using only Bicarbonate of Soda (AKA Baking Soda) and vinegar. This stuff is amazing; cheap to make, safe for children and pets, it does not include harsh chemicals and best of all it really does work!
There are lot’s of different ways that this versatile little concoction can be used but here I share my favourite tips that I know work well.
The Mix Up
So to begin we need to mix up our paste, for this you can either use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Combined with the Bicarbonate of Soda the vinegar creates a chemical reaction to make a great little cleaning product that will give you just as good results as many of the commercial sprays on the market.
To mix up your paste, take a small plastic bowl, add three tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda and add a splash on vinegar, mixing well as you go. You will need to end up with a paste consistency so add more vinegar or Bicarb as required, give it a good stir and you are ready to start cleaning.
#1 – My first tip is to use your paste to clean your toilet bowl, it will remove all limescale and discolouration from the ceramic pan leaving it sparkly and clean. Begin by pouring some of the paste around the toilet bowl and rim, take a clean toilet brush and begin to work the paste in, paying particular attention to heavily stained areas. Leave the mixture on for around 10 minutes and then flush the toilet, finishing off by using the brush to make sure any residue is removed. Voila, remember to wear your sunglasses as your toilet bowl will be gleaming!
#2 – The next tip is to use your paste to clean your shower screen, soap scum and mineral build up can leave glass looking cloudy and feeling gritty, not a nice environment to have a relaxing shower. To bring it back to it’s best simply use a clean sponge and rub the paste into the glass of the shower screen / shower door until you have covered the whole area. Leave to allow the mixture to work for 10 minutes and clean off the paste using a clean damp cloth. Once all the mixture is removed fully rinse the cloth and wipe over one more time, finishing off by buffing up the glass with some old newspaper (recommended) or a tea-towel. Perfect results every time.
#3 – My last favourite idea is to use the paste on your bathroom tile grout, this is really easy to do. Simply spread the paste into the discoloured grout lines using an old toothbrush, work it into the joints well. Leave this in place for 15 minutes before rinsing all over using a warm shower. Dry the bathroom tiles off with a leather cloth and you are good to go! No more fumie chemical cleaners. Please note that this method is not suitable for cleaning natural stone tiles or those with a platinum coating.
So, there you have it, the multi purpose cleaning product that achieves great results. What is your favourite homemade cleaning product?
This post was written by Becky Whittaker for online tile retailer TileClick.