Edible cleaners that’ll leave your home sparkling? No, you didn’t read that wrong. With eco-friendly cleaning becoming more and more popular, people are ditching the chemical products and going au naturale. And there’s no need to buy expensive green cleaning products – with a few ingredients you already have in your kitchen cupboards, you can make your own cleaning products while being kind to your wallet and the environment at the same time.
We’ve chosen our top weird and wonderful natural cleaning tips using food. These will do the trick!
1. Dust paintings with a crust of bread
Bread easily absorbs dust and micro-particles. Lightly brush a piece of bread across your paintings or prints for an effective way to get rid of grime. This won’t damage your art unlike some chemical cleaning products, and is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to spruce up your artwork.
2. Use banana peels to clean leather furniture
Re-use waste to make a great green cleaner. The oils in the banana peel will give a lovely finish to your sofa or chair (or even shoes). Just test a small area first to be sure your leather doesn’t become discoloured. You’ll be amazed by the results!
3. Remove water stains from chrome fixtures with orange peel
Another way to put food waste to good use. Scrub your chrome fixtures with orange peel to produce a brilliant shine. The oils and citric acid create a sparkling streak-free finish. Natural bathroom cleaning at its simplest.
4. Condition wood surfaces with mayo
Okay, so if you can get past the slightly eggy smell, a dab of mayonnaise on a micro fibre cloth adds a brilliant shine to wooden furniture, whilst also adding moisture. A great non-toxic alternative to normal furniture polish.
5. Clean windows with vinegar
You may have heard this one before! Using vinegar and newspaper to wipe down your windows is an effective way to get rid of streaks. The acidic vinegar cuts through grime while the newspaper buffs and shines. You can also use this ecological trick to clean mirrors.
6. Clean your toilets with Coca-Cola
Who knew that your favourite beverage doubles up as an amazing natural toilet cleaner? Pour a can of cola into your toilet and allow it to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing the stains away with your toilet brush.
7. Scrub your bath with grapefruit
Dip half a grapefruit in a dish of salt and use it to scrub your bathtub. The acid in the fruit combined with the scrubbing power of the salt will bleach stains, cut through grime, and leave your bathroom naturally clean and smelling fresh. You can use this trick to clean your ceramic sink, too.
8. Cucumber for your cutlery
Not only great in a G&T, cucumber can also be used to make your cutlery sparkle. Thinly slice a cucumber lengthways and use the strips like a cloth to shine your cutlery. Rinse with clean water afterwards – unless you want your next meal to have a slight cucumber note to it…
So ditch the chemical detergents and raid your food cupboard to make these cheap and easy natural cleaners. Better for the environment, better for your bank balance – and who wouldn’t want a grapefruit-scented bathroom?