DO IT YOURSELF(DIY) is really very familiar to us as far as the spring cleaning is concerned.
Worldwide people are into cleaning their houses and their household items.
It is really common to simply use soap and brush to clean different things (Ex-stains on scissor) .....
BUT here I would tell you about the different tips and tricks especially using Magical Vinegar and Lemon(includes baking soda too) to clean household items..........!!!!
I would also star the REETHA or Soap Nuts extensively used in India which is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. When in contact with water, it creates mild suds, which is similar to soap.Even used as SHAMPOO!!!!!!
SO LETS GET STARTED :-D
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Step 1: DIY-Things to Do With Your LEMON
Lemon can extensively used to help you during your spring cleaning campaign......
See here how you can use it:
- Cleaning Copper Utensils
Use lemon juice to clear off the black or dark stains from the copper utensils or the bottoms coated with copper.You just need to keep them aside for 1-2 minutes after applying lemon juice and rub well with a simple brush.Add a pinch of salt in the lemon juice to get the utensils sparkling clean.
- Laminated countertops:
Your study table,Your dining table,Your kitchen countertops can be cleaned in an ease by using this magical lemon.Cut a lemon into half and squeeze a little juice on the spot. Use the lemon skin as a scrubber and leave it for a few minutes then rinse with water. The citric acid will remove the stain quickly. Also, remember to clean the area with water and dry it thoroughly because the acidic effect of lemon could be strong for laminated countertop.
- Remove Rust stains from cloth:
It is hard to clean a rust stain from clothes but lemon juice can come to your rescue in this regards. Put lemon juice on the rust stain then sprinkle cream of tartar on it. Rub the solution and let it be on the stain till it is completely gone. The citric acid will take the rust off. Some stains are tougher than others, but 15 to 25 minutes should be enough to get off even the toughest of the stains. After which you can wash the cloth the usual way.
Cream of Tartar is nothing but Potassium bitartrate, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, with formula KC₄H₅O₆, is a byproduct of winemaking.
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- Plastic Containers:
The dirt settles on a plastic container quickly. It is better to clean the plastic containers with lemon juice than your Vim Bar (or whichever brand of dishwasher you use) . Add a teaspoon of baking soda in the lemon juice and rub the solution on the container.. Use a scrubber if required.
- Brass Items:
Brass items can also be cleaned with lemon in the same way as copper. But remember that only solid brass items should be cleaned with lemon. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on brass and scrub with lemon skin until the stain gets removed..
Brass plated or coated items are gentle and acidic effect of lemon may harm the product. Brass plated items should only be cleaned gently using oil based soap.
- Clean your windows:
Four tablespoons of lemon juice (either fresh or out of the bottle) mixed with a 2 litres of water (if you want you can take a big coke bottle as a reference) makes an effective window cleaner - minus any chemicals. The powerful citric acid dissolves dirt, grime and water stains, leaving your windows sparkling.
- Sanitize your Microwave:
You can sanitize your microwave easily in just a minute by using a fresh lemon. Cut a lemon into thin slices and put them in a hot water bowl (microwave friendly). Place that bowl in microwave and cook on high for one minute. The citric acid has antibacterial properties which will kill bacteria while the heat works like a humidifier to loosen icky, caked-on food. Afterward, you can wipe the oven with a damp cloth.
Step 2: THE REETHA Aka the ****SOAP NUTS****
Soapnuts are highly-effective and gentle at the same time. It will leave your laundry fresh and clean and compared to other detergents, its mildness will keep colours bright, maintaining fabric structure of your clothes for longer periods. It can be used on all fabrics and at all temperatures. It is a 100% substitute to normal detergents.
Soap nuts are allergy-free and hence are good for your skin especially good for babies, eczema and sensitive skin. This chemical free product is excellent for washing children’s clothing. Soapnuts are Hypoallergenic. They are naturally antibacterial and antifungal and very gentle on the skin. Washing your skin regularly with soap nuts can also help prevent many skin diseases and is gentle enough to look after your skin.
Soap nuts can be used for cleaning basically anything, from washing clothes, as a liquid soap, cleaning and shining ornaments, household cleaner, shampoo etc.
- For Household Cleaning:
Pour soap nuts liquid into a spray bottle. Use full strength or dilute as desired. Use for sinks, counters & floors.
- For Windows and Glass:Fill a spray bottle with about 250ml of water. Add 15 ml each of soap nut liquid and vinegar. Spray and then wipe clean with dry cloth.
- For Shampoo:Use the prepared soapnut liquid to wash hair. Leave it on for 5 min and rinse with warm water. If your hair feels dry, reduce the quantity used.
- For Hand Wash:
Add about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of soap nuts liquid to wash water and stir, or make a tea with your soap nuts muslin bag. Simply hand wash as usual.
- For Jewellery:Soak jewellery in soap nuts liquid for a few minutes. Use an old soft toothbrush to remove debris. Rinse with clean water and polish with a soft cloth.Soap nuts have been used as a jewellery cleaner for ages now – just ask your grandmother if you are an Indian. There is absolutely no need for harsh, toxic chemicals!
- For Pets:Use the soap nut liquid as a shampoo for your pets. They will feel and smell so fresh and its mild so they will appreciate it too! This would reduce a big job of yours during this tough cleaning time.
- For Carpet Cleaning: Spray or sponge on any carpet stains and blot clean.
- For car wash:Use the soap nut liquid in a spray bottle or dilute in half a bucket of water to use as effective and safe car wash
Step 3: The Magical Vinegar
Vinegar has many magical uses that can help you to accomplish the task of spring cleaning.
Some of them are listed below:
- Burnish your scissors
When your scissor blades get sticky, don't use water to wash them off; you're far more likely to rust the fastener that holds the blades together — or the blades themselves — than get them clean. Instead, wipe down the blades with a cloth dipped in full-strength white vinegar, and then dry it off with a rag !
- Unclog and deodorize drains
Steps:Use a funnel to pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup vinegar into the drain. When the foaming subsides, flush with hot tap water. Wait five minutes, and then flush again with cold water. Besides clearing blockages, this technique also washes away odor-causing bacteria.
- Shine your silver:
Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver , rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.It works great.
- Refresh your ice trays
If your plastic ice trays are covered with hard-water stains — or if it’s been awhile since you've cleaned them — a few cups of white vinegar can help you in either case. To remove the spots or disinfect your trays, let them soak in undiluted vinegar for four to five hours, then rinse well under cold water and let dry.
At lasts and most important of all...............
- Make an all-purpose scrub for pots and pans:
How would you like an effective scouring mix that costs a few pennies, and can be safely used on all of your metal cookware — including expensive copper pots and pans? Want even better news? You probably already have this “miracle mix” in your kitchen. Simply combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste. Work the paste around the cooking surface and the outside of the utensil, then rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft dish towel.The most effective for a faster and a better cleaning experience !!!