How to clean your home…with food!

Bread, salt, lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate soda – nope, this isn’t the world’s weirdest sandwich creation – these common household products actually have another use. They’re fantastic cleaning products! So take a break from the bleach and open up your kitchen cupboards instead.

Urszula Zaleska – one of our great cleaners – uses only natural products to clean her house from top to bottom. Here are some of her tips and tricks to give your home a more fresh and natural clean, as an alternative to using standard chemicals.

Of course, if you prefer to use food just for eating (like us!), you can always get yourself a cleaner instead. Then you can use the products below to *actually* create the world’s weirdest sandwich…

White vinegar 

Ideal for use on wooden floors, white vinegar is an effective way to disinfect surface and wash away stubborn stains without leaving a nasty odour.

How: Mix 30ml of white vinegar with 3L of water and mop away. Try to choose vinegar with roughly 10% acidity – the vinegar will still work well to remove dirt and the smell won’t be as harsh


Suitable for a range of surfaces, lemon is a clever multi-surface cleaner that will wipe away germs whilst leaving a citrusy smell. It can be used for kitchen worktops and much more.

How: Add a few drips of lemon juice to 1L of water and shake to mix. Use a plastic sponge and begin wiping.


A great grime-buster for greasy ovens, salt is an easy way to tackle the toughest of jobs and remove sticky, oil patches left in the corner.

How: Dampen your surface and sprinkle salt onto the dirty patch. Leave the salt to work the grime and when the salt becomes crisp, gently wipe away. The tougher the stain, the longer the salt should stay on.

Bicarbonate soda 

Perfect for dissolving limescale, bicarbonate soda is a stress-free way to remove stubborn limescale and restore tired looking tiles to their former glory.

How: Dampen the patch and gradually pour the soda onto the limescale bit-by-bit. Carefully judge how much you think you’ll need and leave for half an hour before dabbing the patch of limescale. If it does not come off immediately, leave to blend for a little longer.


Brilliant for buffing water stains on leather sofas, white bread is a simple way to remove awkward marks and also revive worn leather.

How: Use one slice of dry white bread and remove the crusts. Roll a small ball and gently rub until the stain you’re working against has gone.

When using natural ingredients, always test on a small patch first to check the solution will not discolour or damage your surfaces.