For a safer way to kill bacteria, try vodka

Cleaning toilets is a good way of getting in touch with your creativity. That’s when you find out if you got anything going on in your head.

– Jill Scott

Doesn't matter if it's cheap or expensive!

Doesn’t matter if it’s cheap or expensive!

Alcohol. It’s wonderful. In the olden days, it saved lives. It’s an amazing disinfectant, and is safe for consumption (but you should only ever drink very small amounts, obviously). Best of all, it’s free from all the nasty extra chemicals that come with antibacterial products these days. You don’t need the expensive stuff to do the trick, either. Below are some ways that you can use vodka to clean your home.

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1. Smelly clothes: if you like to get a lot of wear out of your clothes before you wash them, you’ll love this trick. Fill a spritzing bottle with vodka, and spray it (lightly!) over musty clothes. Leave them to air dry for a while. Bonus tip: this works on stinky shoes, too!

2. Mould: vodka is great for bacteria-busting. If you’ve got mould growing in your home, use a spritzing bottle filled with vodka to spray affected areas. Leave it to sit for a while, maybe 15 minutes, then scrub the mould off.

3. Glass: from windows to eye glasses, vodka can sort it. If glass in your home has greasy streaks, fill a spritzing bottle with a mixture of vodka and water. Spray on the glass, and wipe clean with some scrunched-up newspaper. This will work on soap scum-covered showers as well!

4. Bathroom tiles: fill a spritzing bottle with vodka, spray on tiles, leave for a few minutes then rinse off. Easy.

5. Disinfectant/all-purpose cleaner: you can clean pretty much anything with vodka. Simply soak a cloth in it, and wipe down surfaces and chrome fixtures for easy bacteria cleaner and dirt removal.

6. Air freshener: grab your trusty spritzing bottle filled with vodka and spray into the air. Bad smells from things like cigarettes and old food will disappear.

7. Insect repellent: spray around doorways or wherever else bugs might get in. Be careful not to kill any bees with it though!

8. Strange stains: if you’ve got some weird stains lurking, such as vodka, vomit or red wine, try rubbing them with vodka. They should lift right out.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 weird uses for vodka

15 Unusual Uses for Cheap Vodka

The 12 Best Household Uses for Vodka (Not Including Martinis)

38 Unusual Uses for Vodka

I heart essential oils

Everything you need to know about essential oils!

Nice smelling and relaxation are some of the most familiar uses for essential oils. But many go beyond that and an be really useful to create a chemical free and natural home. They are all natural antiseptics, astringents, disinfectants and much more.

My favorites are:
A few drops of Lavender oil in my palm  for relaxation,  clearing my sinuses and
headache relief
Tea tree oil in water is an anti-bacterial cleanser for surfaces and the body (make sure its a really mild solution for skin).
A few drops of Peppermint oil in the corners of my apartment and cabinets repels insects and bugs
A couple of drops of Bergamot in a scent diffuser, (or in a small ceramic cup placed on a steam heater) freshens up any space.

Here are some great articles on essential oils from Yoganynomous.

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Cleaning with coffee: it works!

Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.

– George Bernard Shaw

It seems like it shouldn’t work. Coffee stains cups, and it certainly doesn’t help to get things clean once it’s wet. However, there are some very clever uses for coffee in your home, our favourites of which are listed below.

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1. Fridge: coffee is great at getting rid of bad smells. Leave some open coffee grounds at the back of your fridge to catch any odours before they get nasty.

2. Cutlery: coffee is a great scourer, so use it on tough dirt before dish soap.

3. Fireplace: put wet coffee grounds on ash in the fireplace, and they’ll be much easier to sweep up.

4. Dishes: if you’ve got non-porous dishes with dried-on grime, scrub them with coffee for a thorough clean, then wash as normal.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

20 Unusual Uses for Coffee

How to clean in your kitchen using salt

Keep your own house and its surroundings pure and clean. This hygiene will keep you healthy and benefit your worldly life.

– Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Salt is a natural, non-toxic exfoliant. It’s great for scrubbing, and is totally safe for consumption (in very small amounts, though, because your heart doesn’t like it). Read on for some useful home cleaning tips that work using salt.

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1. Stained cups: make a paste from salt and dish soap and rub the stains away.

2. Water rings: make a paste from salt and vegetable oil. Rub on water marks made on wooden tables.

3. Greasy pans: if you’ve got some grease that isn’t shifting, scrub it with salt before using dish soap.

4. Smelly sponges: after a while, sponges can get a bit nasty. To remedy this, add salt to water and give the sponges a quick wash after using them.

5. Drains: add 1/2 cup of salt to 1/2 cup of boiling water, and pour down the drain every few days. Smells and bacteria will be eliminated.

6. Grease fires: pour salt onto a grease fire. Never put water on a grease fire, as it will cause the grease to splash outwards (not good).

7. Chopping boards: After use, wash your chopping boards in salty water. They’ll look more like new.

8. Oven: sprinkle salt on top of any oven spills to make them easier to clean off.

9. Water bottles: if you’ve got a water bottle with a narrow neck, pour salt into the bottom of it with hot water. Swirl the mixture around in the bottle, then rinse it out.

10. Windows: mix a few tablespoons of salt with a gallon of warm water. Ice and fog won’t be able to form as easily.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

37 Smart Uses of Salt for Non-Toxic Cleaning Purposes

23 Wonderful Ways to Use Salt

Over 60 Ways to Use Salt

46 smart uses for salt

28 Household Uses for Salt

How to Use Salt Around the House

Baking soda: it’s not just for cooking!

Cleanliness is very important. If you let  kids make a total mess in the kitchen and then leave, you’re not really teaching them anything.

– Emeril Lagasse

Baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda, is an edible product that’s used to make tasty treats like cakes and biscuits. As well as being a useful cooking ingredient, baking soda is a safer cleaning alternative that you can use all over your home. Read on for a room-by-room guide to cleaning your home with baking soda.

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Bathroom

1. Toilet: if your toilet bowl has become stained, sprinkle some baking soda on the stains and leave to sit for 30 minutes. Then, rinse off the baking soda with a small amount of vinegar.

2. Shower: make a paste out of baking soda and water and scrub. Soap scum will come off with ease.

3. Chrome drains and taps: mix baking soda and water until they form a paste, then clean chrome fixtures using a toothbrush dipped in the paste.

4. Grout: make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. Use a toothbrush to scrub the grout, and watch it sparkle.

5. Tiled floor: mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with a bucketful of warm water. Mop the floor and leave to dry.

6. Towels: put 1/2 cup baking soda in with a rinse cycle to de-odourise and clean towels thoroughly.

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Kitchen

1. Counter tops: put baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe down counters.

2. Microwave: put baking soda on a damp sponge, wipe around the microwave, then rinse thoroughly with water.

3. Oven: cover the bottom of the oven with a thin layer of baking soda. Put a small amount of water over the soda to dampen it, then leave the mixture overnight. Rinse well in the morning.

4. Sponges: soak sponges in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water.

5. Fridge: leave an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge to absorb any nasty odours.

6. Waste bins: sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of a bin bag before you put it in the bin. It will absorb smells.

7. Washing machine: make a paste from baking soda and water, and use a sponge to wipe down the inside of the washing machine. Rinse thoroughly, and all lingering smells will have disappeared!

8. Dishwasher: put 1 cup of baking soda in the dishwasher and run a full rinse cycle. Other than the baking soda,

9. Tupperware: if your tupperware is getting a bit smelly, simply scrub with baking soda and the nastiness will disappear! Rinse thoroughly afterwards, though.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Baking Soda: Guidelines for Cleaning Your Bathroom

40 ways to clean with baking soda

How to clean with Baking Soda

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: How to Clean Grout

How do I clean chrome?

51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda

Uses for Baking Soda: Cleaning Your Kitchen

Baking Soda Tip 7 Uses for Baking Soda in the Washing Machine

3 simple home uses for leftover banana peels

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

– Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Banana peel is rich in potassium and loads of other nutrients. It’s eaten all over the world, too. If the stringy texture and difficult taste don’t appeal to you, though, try using your leftover banana peels  in your home instead…

1. Silverware: if you have silverwear that you want to clean naturally, simply rub the peel directly onto the silver. They’ll look like new straight away.

2. House plants: if your plants have a habit of gathering dust or looking a bit dull, gently rub the soft inside of a banana peel against them once a week. They’ll be shiny and dust-free, and the peel will make your house smell lovely.

3. Candle wax: if you’ve got candle wax stuck to a glass table, rub banana peel on it. The wax will soften, and you’ll be able to wipe it off  with ease.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

What Are the Benefits of Eating Banana Peels?

How To Polish Silver With Bananas

How to Make House Plant Leaves Shiny

Clean Your Home With Banana Peels