Make your own all-purpose cleaner with sodium bi-carb, vinegar and lemon

Cleaning products are in high demand at the moment, but what’s already in your cupboards may do the job just as well. Vinegar, sodium bi-carb and lemon are common household ingredients and can keep your home clean and fresh. You will also save money in the bargain.

April 17, 2020

All-purpose cleaner recipe

  • 4 cups hot water
  • Quarter cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons bi-carb soda
  • Juice of half a lemon (strained)

Place all the ingredients together in a large jug or bowl. Let it sit and cool down then pour into a spray bottle using a funnel. To use, give the bottle a good shake, then spray surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Vinegar, bi-carb soda and lemon can also be used in a variety of ways, combined or by themselves. Here are three uses for each:

More uses for vinegar

  • A 50/50 vinegar-water mixture can help to deodorise surfaces.
  • To clean your microwave, mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a bowl and microwave on high for about 10 minutes. Stains and dried food should then wipe away easily.
  • Put one cup of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before you switch it on and your glassware will come out sparkling clean.

More uses for bi-carb soda

  • Remove stains from coffee and tea mugs by filling them with one part bi-carb soda and two parts water. Let them sit overnight then scrub and rinse in the morning.
  • Sprinkle bi-carb soda over the burnt areas of your pots and pans. Add hot water, allow to sit overnight and then scrub.
  • Keep an open box of bi-carb soda in the fridge to eliminate odours.

More uses for lemons

  • Shine chrome taps with a cut lemon dipped in salt and then wipe with a dry cloth
  • Diluted lemon juice can remove cooking odours from your hands
  • Pour half a cup of lemon juice into the toilet and swish with toilet brush for a fresh-smelling loo.

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