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Monday, 13 October 2014

House proud - or: how to have a stress-free cleaning day?

Hello there!

I've promised you an answer to: how to be house proud? 
I am - sometimes, proud of our house because I've spend time and effort cleaning or improving it. And, Ilike to see it spakrle - but, by no means does that mean I like kneeling down, scrubbing, brushing.. Thanks to the chemical industry, we have a wast variety of products.

This is how Wikipedia defines "cleaning products":
Various household cleaning products have been developed to facilitate the removal of dust and dirt, for surface maintenance, and for disinfection. Products are available in powder, liquid or spray form. The basic ingredients determine the type of cleaning tasks for which they are suitable. Some are packaged as general purpose cleaning materials whilst others are targeted at specific cleaning tasks such as drain clearing, oven cleaning, lime scale removal and polishing furniture. Household cleaning products provide aesthetic and hygiene benefits but are also associated with health risks for the users, and building occupants.
Unlike a lot of people I know, I prefer using natural products. We call it "old school cleaning". But, the truth is: bot mom and me, we're allergic to majority of components in a modern cleaning products. So,I go for the good old thing..
I use - LEMONS. :)

Citric acid is a white crystalline powder wich is in some fruits like lemon. It is widely used in the food industry as an antioxidant and stabilizer, but because of their properties is also widely used in cleaning products to cut grease and remove some stains.
It is a natural preservative/conservative which occurs naturally in citrus fruits and is also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and drinks

Let me tell you what you can do with it:

1. It kills bacteria and cuts grease and stains. It can be used to clean floors, countertops and other areas of the home. It is environmentally safe, which is a good alternative to other caustic cleaners that can be harmful and toxic. You can disinfect and clean kitchen countertops and the table with a soaked cloth  in a diluted nine parts water to one part citric acid.

2. To maintain clean drains pour two liters of water with 20 g. citric acid dissolved periodically.
If the drain is clogged then pour two liters of water almost boiling with ¼ cup of salt dissolved, wait until all the water has passed through the obstruction and then pour ¼ cup of baking soda, then ½ cup of water with a teaspoon citric acid well dissolved. The combination of both will create an effervescent effect, leave on 30 minutes. After this time pouring a liter of near-boiling water with ½ cup of salt dissolved. If necessary repeat the steps to unclog completely. The advantage of this method is that it contains no corrosive chemicals which can damage the interior of the pipes.

 3. To disinfect and descale inside the washing machine should be done once a month without clothes washing drum and add two tablespoons of citric acid, select the highest temperature and the longest cycle.

4. To descale the coffee maker dissolve 50g. citric acid in one liter of water, fill with this mixture the water tank of the coffee maker and put to work, taking care to place the output in a container of a liter. Once the process repeated twice with  only water , to remove all the rests and to rinse inside the coffee maker.

5. To descale the iron with a solution of nine parts water and citric acid. Run the self-cleaning function, or if it doesn't have it active steam and iron over an old cloth until the water runs out. Then repeat the same operation but with only water.

6. If your dishwasher lets the plates and glasses with a white coating to cycle test with two tablespoons of citric acid in place of dishwashing detergent to get used. Be careful not to get any metal utensil. At the end of the cycle the dishes and glasses have been brilliant.

7. To remove limescale on taps and shower door spray it with a solution of one liter of warm water in which you have dissolved two tablespoons of citric acid. It will be clean and bright and you get rid of limescale. If the taps are very stubborn marks can soak a paper towel in the solution and put it on top of the taps to act.

8. If your windows are very dirty will be fine if you clean them with a mixture of two liters of water and two tablespoons of citric acid. It will help remove dirt and water marks and greasy layer that sometimes forms by pollution.

9. To remove rust spots made a mix with two tablespoons of borax, two tablespoons of water and half a teaspoon of citric acid. Soak a cloth in the mixture and rub the stain until it disappears.

10. Last, but not least: Within the European Union it is denoted by E number E330. You may need to know this, the next time you shop for a cleaning products: make sure to look up an ingridient list (you just might get surprised to see it's as simple as overpriced citric acid).

I hope you find this useful.
(I know it saved  my family quite some cash)
Let me know if you try any of these out.

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