Green clean your home

Steer clear of chemicals and get the job done with these hard-working natural fixes

Whether your house needs a deep clean or you have a spare five minutes for a quick refresh, use these old-school natural cleaning solutions to tackle almost any spillage or dirty hot spot. A couple of store-cupboard essentials are all you need to create your own dirt-busting cleaners.

Make your own furniture polish

Pour one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil or linseed oil into a clean jam jar. Put the lid on and shake it well. Perform a spot test on your wooden furniture by blotting a splash of the polish onto a clean cloth and applying it to a concealed area. If there aren’t any visable changes in the surface, work in the polish all over and buff to a shine. This will keep in the fridge for up to a month.

Revive tiles with white vinegar

Mix up a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts cold water in a spray bottle. Spritz it over your tiles and leave to work for half a minute before wiping tiles with a damp soft cloth.

Attack stubborn grime with a solution of half a cup of soda crystals mixed with two cups water. Wear gloves and use a microfibre cloth to work the solution into tiles and grout. Rinse with a clean cloth, then buff to shine.

Make your own cleaning paste

Bicarbonate of soda is a little miracle in a pot – mix it with water, lemon juice or white vinegar, and it will take your home from grimy to gleaming. You can use it on most surfaces, including enamel baths and granite and composite worktops, and inside the oven. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s a surface you’d use a cream cleaner on, a paste of bicarbonate of soda and cold water will do just as well.

Discover 5 ways with lemons

Lemon juice cuts through grease, leaving a refreshing, zingy scent.

1. Scrub chopping boards by rubbing half a lemon over them – it will neutralise lingering onion smells.

2. Clean tupperware with diluted lemon juice and a little baking soda. Leave to soak, then rinse with warm water.

3. Brighten white laundry by adding half a cup of lemon juice to a wash cycle.

4. Deodorise the dishwasher by popping half a lemon into it before you switch it on.

5. Tackle stubborn stains on clothes by dabbing them with lemon juice. Leave overnight, then wash as normal.

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