Do-it-your­self clean­ing tips

Ac­ti­vate the clean­ing power of com­mon in­gre­di­ents with these sim­ple, do-it-your­self so­lu­tions

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rather than reach­ing for off-the-shelf clean­ing prod­ucts, why not give these home­made reme­dies a run for their money? You prob­a­bly have most of the sup­plies al­ready in your pantry, and you’ll be amazed by the clean­ing power of each so­lu­tion. Plus, you’re likely to save a pretty penny off your house­hold shop­ping bill! So fetch your kitchen mea­sures, make sure your cho­sen ves­sels are clean and dry, then get started.

FAB­RIC SOFT­ENER

What you’ll need

• White vine­gar

• Laven­der essen­tial oil

• Medium glass jar with lid

Here’s how to make it Mea­sure and pour 2 cups of white vine­gar in jar. Add 10 drops of laven­der oil. Mix to­gether with a spoon or stir­rer. Place lid on jar.

How you use it Mea­sure 2 tea­spoons of so­lu­tion and use in place of your reg­u­lar soft­ener.

Money-sav­ing tip for you Cost­ing about 20c for 100ml, use this fab­ric-soft­en­ing so­lu­tion in­stead of store­bought prod­ucts to save you loads… on your loads!

LAVEN­DER RAGS

What you’ll need

• Laven­der essen­tial oil

• Cot­ton cloths/rags (clean and dry)

• Large glass jar with lid

Here’s how to make them Place one rag in jar, then add a few drops of laven­der oil. Add the next rag and add a few more drops of oil. Con­tinue un­til jar is full. Place lid on jar.

How you use them Use cloths as lightly scented clean­ing rags – they’re per­fect for dust­ing hard sur­faces and they leave a heav­enly scent in the air. Wash, dry and put back in jar with oil to re­use.

Money-sav­ing tip for you To make rags, re­cy­cle worn-out shirts or bed sheets. Just wash, let dry and cut the fab­ric to a man­age­able cloth size.

FUR­NI­TURE POL­ISH

What you’ll need

• Fresh lemons (3–4)

• Olive oil

• Medium glass jar with lid or spray bot­tle

Here’s how to make it Squeeze lemons. Add ¼ cup lemon juice to ½ cup olive oil in jar or bot­tle. Shake well to com­bine.

How you use it Use a clean, lint-free cloth to rub a small amount of pol­ish onto tim­ber fur­ni­ture. Rub in the same di­rec­tion as the tim­ber grain. Wipe away the ex­cess pol­ish with a sep­a­rate cloth. Make fresh for each use, as mix­ture can go ran­cid.

Money-sav­ing tip for you Opt for cheaper olive oil – it’s just as good!

ALL-PUR­POSE SPRAY

What you’ll need

• As­sorted cit­rus peels

• White vine­gar

• Medium glass jar with lid • Spray bot­tle

Here’s how to make it Half fill your jar with as­sorted cit­rus peels. Fill the jar with vine­gar. Place lid on the jar. Leave in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Us­ing a fine mesh sieve, strain the cit­rus cleaner and then de­cant liq­uid into a spray bot­tle.

How you use it Spray cleaner on sur­faces and wipe with a cloth. Avoid us­ing on por­ous sur­faces, such as mar­ble.

Money-sav­ing tip for you Save cit­rus peels in­stead of throw­ing them away.

STAIN SCRUB

What you’ll need

• Bi­carb soda or salt

• Fil­tered or dis­tilled wa­ter • Small bowl

• Fresh lemon (op­tional)

Here’s how to make it For a thick paste, add 3 ta­ble­spoons bi­carb soda or salt and a splash of wa­ter to a small bowl. If us­ing salt, add a squeeze of lemon. Mix with a spoon un­til com­bined. For a smoother paste, add more wa­ter.

How you use it Ap­ply to stains, such as on oven dishes or the kitchen sink. Work paste into stain with a cloth. Set aside for an hour or so. Wash as nor­mal. Re­peat if nec­es­sary.

Money-sav­ing tip for you Use in place of store­bought paste clean­ers.

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