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Ditch fancy chemicals, vinegar and bicarb soda all you need

FORGET the cleaning products that promise extra whitening, anti-bacterial and double strength action.

Most of the time, all you need is vinegar, bicarb soda, lemon juice and, in some cases, basic dishwashing liquid.

The average household uses about 250L of hazardous products every year, which produces 25% of all toxic waste, according to Yvonne Worth and Amanda Blinkhorn said in their book How to Clean Absolutely Everything.

They said heavy-duty chemicals were not needed all the time and should be used sparingly.

"Frequently, mild cleaners or natural substances such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar or lemon juice can clean just as effectively," they said.

"Sometimes some old newspaper and a bottle of vinegar are all you need, other times a steam cleaner and some state-of-the-art carpet shampoo are essential."


White vinegar dissolves dirt and soap scum from smooth surfaces. Bicarb soda also works to remove grime; some websites suggest using it on your oven.

Lemon juice is also known to clean glass and mirrors and disinfect your cutting board.

Blogger Nicole Millard, from Stay At Home Mum said mixing bicarb soda with dishwashing liquid worked as an all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom.n

You also may not need to purchase a special furniture polish; do-it-yourself recipes recommend mixing olive oil, distilled white vinegar and lemon juice.

But when it comes down to it, the best cleaning fluid available was water, Ms Worth and Ms Blinkhorn said.


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