Here’s Zoe Popper’s second Green Cleaning Tip: Bicarbonate of Soda (or Baking Soda) is a great general cleaner due to its natural foaming and odour neutralising qualities. With bicarb you can clean, scour, deodorise, and remove stains.
The easiest way is to sprinkle a little on a damp cloth or sponge and wipe over surfaces to clean them. For tougher dirt, you can make it into a paste using a little water, then smooth it onto the surface. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse off. You can also add a few drops of essential oil, like lavender or tea tree, to make it antibacterial.
For a good all-round bathroom and kitchen cleaner you’ll need:
- Bicarbonate of soda
- White wine vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Spray bottle
Mix 2 parts bicarb with 1 part vinegar and 1 part lemon juice. You can wipe it on using a damp cloth or use a spray bottle. Leave it for 10 minutes then rinse off with a cloth or sponge. You can use this cleaner on sinks, baths, tiles, draining boards, and shower doors.
The vinegar is slightly acidic so it dissolves dirt, makes metal shine, will remove mildew, and can get the wax off apples and veggies.
You can also use this spray to clean pesticides off fruit and vegetables. Put the fruit and veg in a colander and spritz each piece with the spray, ensuring they’re completely coated. Leave them to soak for 30 minutes, then rinse well. This works just as well without the vinegar: mix the bicarb with water and lemon juice.
Finally, you can stick a bowl of bicarb in the fridge and it will get rid of any nasty smells.
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