You don’t need fancy cleaners or harmful chemicals to clean and disinfect. These methods are more gentle on surfaces and your skin, but you might have to scrub a tad harder to get the stains off.
Best of all, these ingredients can be readily found in your kitchen!
Citric acid is found naturally in citrus fruits, which makes them a suitable cleaning agent if you need to get stubborn grease out. Because citric acid kills bacteria, mold, and mildew, it’s great for general disinfecting and cleaning. Citrus also contains d-limonene, a natural solvent.
Popular citrus fruits used for cleaning are lemons and oranges. Though they may work on their own, these fruits can be combined with either distilled white vinegar, or baking soda to create a potent cleaning solution. You can even create a nice-smelling distilled white vinegar spray by soaking the peels in the solution for a week or two!
Common application: Cut fruit into half and wipe directly on surfaces, or juiced and sprayed directly onto surfaces.
Distilled White Vinegar
Besides giving your rice an extra fluff when added, it is a very versatile cleaning agent Because it’s acidic, distilled white vinegar can dissolve mineral deposits from all sorts of surfaces, such as glass, coffee makers, toilets and showerheads. It is also very effective in sanitising surfaces and masking odours, making it great at cleaning up pet poop and getting rid of drain smells.
Common application: Mix with water and spray directly on surfaces to be cleaned.
Commonly used for baking cakes and cookies, baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is an alkaline compound. Baking soda is often placed in enclosed spaces to absorb odours. Baking soda is also a favoured cleaner because of its granular texture, which aids in scrubbing and can dissolve some acidic stains.