17 Natural Ways To Clean Your Lovely Home

17 Natural Ways To Clean Your Lovely Home

If you're looking for alternative non-toxic cleaning products to keep your home lovely and sparkly then you've come to the right place. Find out now how to clean your home with eggshells, banana skin and lemon - who knew?

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1. Clean a pot with broken eggshells

egg shells
Save your shells.

Have you made a lot of hard-boiled eggs for lunch? Use a handful of broken eggshells to scrub clean your pots and pans. Mix it with soapy water for a brilliant abrasive. 

2. Use grapefruit & salt to clean a bathtub

If you've moved into a new home and the bathtub looks really grimy, don't despair! Grab a grapefruit and a quarter of a cup of salt

Cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle the salt onto the flesh. Take the grapefruit half and scrub the bath. Rinse and voila! 

3. Clean stainless steel surfaces with olive oil

olive oil
Let's get cleaning!

Grab a bottle of olive oil and a cloth and buff your stainless steel surfaces. Enjoy the shine!

4. Lemon dust cloths

Make your own reusable dusting cloths with the juice of a lemon, olive oil, distilled vinegar and rosemary sprigs! 

5. Clean your bathroom tiles with Epsom salts

epsom salts
Grab an old toothbrush.

If your tiles need a good clean then go and grab some trusty Epsom salt!

Mix together some washing-up-liquid with Epsom salt and rub the mixture into the tiles with an old toothbrush

6. Clean up broken glass with a slice of bread

Bread acts like a sponge and all those pesky small fragments of glass will stick to it. First, carefully pick up the large pieces of glass with your hands, then use the soft side and gently press them down on the shards.

7. Polish your shoes with a banana peel

banana
It sounds odd, but it works!

Fruit and vegetable peels are great for cleaning. If you've run out of shoe polish, peel that banana you've got for lunch, take the skin and rub it all over your shoes. 

8. Rub lemon juice on your taps

If you're in a hard water area then chances are you have limescale problems. Grab a lemon and rub the juice all over your taps. Let it sit overnight and in the morning you can wipe it all away with a damp cloth.

9. Clean your vases or bottles with rice

rice
Who knew rice could be so good at cleaning?

Do you have some strange-shaped vases or bottles that need a good clean? Take 2 spoonfuls of rice and pour in some warm water to soak for 15 minutes. Shake it well, pour it out and rinse with more water. The rice will help to scrub stains away.

10. Remove paint from hair & skin with olive oil

If your kids have got into a bit of a mess with their paints one rainy afternoon, grab a cotton wool pad with olive oil and gently rub the stain out. 

11. Use lemon to remove rust from a t-shirt

lemon
Sparkling clean!

If you've discovered your lovely white t-shirt has a nasty rust stain on it, grab a lemon. First wet the stain with water, then rub a cut lemon on it. Saturate it with lemon juice and then hang your t-shirt out in the sunshine. Let the sun naturally bleach it, then give it a wash as you would do normally.

12. Use table salt to clean stained mugs

If you're a big fan of a strong cup of tea, you'll find annoying stains on all of your mugs. If you want to get rid of them, rub the area with some table salt and the stains should come off in no time.

13. Make wooden furniture shine with coconut oil

coconut oil
It smells good too!

Restore your beautiful furniture to its former glory with a natural wood polish. All you need is a mixture of melted coconut oil, white wine vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Spray onto your furniture and then polish and buff with a clean cloth. 

14. Jar room scents

Make your home smell wonderful for weeks on end with some beautiful DIY natural room scents. Fill a jar wih herbs, spices and fruit in simmering water. 

15. Use coffee as a surface scrubber

coffee
It's not just for drinking!

This is a great use for coffee - as coffee grounds are mildly abrasive they won't damage your surfaces, but you can use them to scrub food from kitchen counters, dirty dishes and cooking hobs

16. Brighten whites with lemon juice

Lemons are so fantastic, they can do so many things. If you want to brighten your white load then add half a cup of lemon juice to your rinse cycle. Give it a go in your next wash!

17. Clean artificial flowers with table salt

salt
Not just for putting on your chips.

Artificial flowers look perfect all year round... except for when they get all dusty and dirty. Grab your fake flowers and put them in a paper bag with some table salt. Shake as hard as you can and then the dust and dirt will be dislodged by the salt.

Natural cleaners, I really hope you enjoyed this blog post. Do you have any tips you'd like to share with us?

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Colleen B

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Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Margaret Buchanan on April 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    What a load of fantastic hints and tips

    1. Author Colleen B on May 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them Margaret!

    Reply
  2. Author victoria smith on April 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Fantastic need more easy tips like this on Facebook everyday the younger generation have lost all knowledge like this like grannys tips please make this viral and keep me in the loop amazing thanks for sharing and taking the time its a shame about click here for more uses as I would of loved to read it all at once and somehow store this thankyou so much more please ??

    1. Author Colleen B on April 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you for your lovely words Victoria, please share it with your friends! :)

    Reply
  3. Author Ian on April 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I'm more curious to know how you get a rust stain on your t shirt, than how you remove it!

    1. Author Colleen B on May 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Perhaps you've brushed up against some rust in your garage!

    Reply
  4. Author M J BOWEN on April 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I cleaned my bookcase with a couple of squirts of WD-40 it gets rid of all the finger marks and leaves a lovely shine on the veneer. An old wives tale that works for me rub a wart with the inside of a Banana skin then forget about it.

    1. Author Colleen B on April 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks for your lovely tip MJ! Inetresting about the Banana skin... give it a go and let us know! ;)

    Reply
  5. Author Christine Fox on April 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Please could you help me to clean inside of teapot

    1. Author Colleen B on April 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Christine, you can salt to clean out your teapot! Hope that helps.

    2. Author Chris Larkin on December 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Steradent also cleans teapots. Brings them up a treat, depending how stained they are of course. I know its not as natural as salt but if it works....

    Reply
    1. Author Colleen B on July 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for your tip Pete!

    Reply
  6. Author Jude on December 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I often see laundry tips which suggest adding a particular ingredient in the rinse cycle. However, how can this be done with an automatic machine which goes from wash to rinse to spin with the door (front loading) locked? Anyone have any suggestions?

    1. Author Steph on December 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Hi Jude. This is a great question - thanks for bringing it up. If using an automatic dispenser, add the ingredient in question to the fabric softener dispenser. This will mean it's released later on in the cycle. I hope this helps :)

    Reply

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