Cleaning hacks tried and tested

Using household items in replacement of cleaning products to clean things in your house – what is the verdict? Do they actually work or not. I wanted to find out if I could use them in my day to day routine. Let’s go!

Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar – does this clean stainless steal? In short, yes it does. But, and this is a big BUT… it took so much longer to do and a lot more effort to get the shiny finish.

The method: Pour some vinegar onto the surface and then sprinkle on some bicarb. Then use a scrubbing brush to mix the two together and rub all of the area that needs cleaning (side note, the fizz sound that these two products make when combined is SOOO satisfying). Then, leave this to work it’s magic for a few minutes and wipe away with a damp cloth.

My verdict: I found that the bicarb sort of coated everything and made my sink feel weird. I wiped and dried it and came back to find that it had left residue everywhere – so I had to keep wiping it until this had disappeared. So, the process took a really long time to get it looking good. In the end, I poured more vinegar on to wipe away with some kitchen roll – water just wasn’t doing the trick! So, compared to my usual cleaning technique, I’d have to say that this definitely makes my stainless steal shine, but it takes a long time to get that result. I might do it again, using less bicarb on my next deep clean, but I wouldn’t use it for day to day cleaning.

Lemon juice to clean a microwave – how effective is it? Don’t you just hate having a dirty microwave? It’s so gross when food gets caked into the sides and top.

The method: Add some water and lemon juice to a microwaveable bowl and set it to go for 3 minutes, the grime should just wipe off, without using any elbow grease.

My verdict: I was pleased with this hack, the grime did wipe off very easily. The tougher stains needed a bit of elbow grease and some will need something a bit stronger, but overall as a day to day hack I would definitely use this technique again. I used some kitchen towel to wipe away the grime and the used a kitchen sponge to attack the tougher stains.

Oil to polish up dull wood: does it work? Surprisingly, yes.

Method: Put a splash of oil on some kitchen towel and rub the wooden surface in circular motions. Use a clean piece of kitchen towel to wipe away residue.

My verdict: It worked! My camera doesn’t give the final finish any justice, but I have always battled with the tops of my tea and coffee containers. The wood always looked dried out. The oil really gave them a nice shine. I will be using this again as it was so quick and simple to do.

Which household items would I use again in my day to day cleaning?

Overall, I thought the oil and the lemon juice trick work well. They were quick and simple, so they would be easy to fit into my cleaning routine. On the other hand, the bicarb and vinegar just took too long and a lot of effort to get that final shiny look that we all want for our stainless steal! I have always battled with my stainless steal items, so I am yet to find a useful hack to get these clean and shining easily! If you’ve found anything useful for this, or any household items for cleaning, leave a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear your tips and tricks! Or if there are any that you’d like me to try and test I’d be up for that too.

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