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

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

8 ways to clean your home with toothpaste

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Toothpaste isn’t just for teeth anymore, oh, no. You can use it for loads of jobs all over your home, from your kitchen sink to your bedroom mirror!

Tip: make sure you’re using white non-gel toothpaste, and always test on a small area first.

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1. Mirrors: put a layer of toothpaste on your mirrors and you’ll find that they stop fogging up. (This works on goggles, too!)

2. Carpets: get rid of stains by applying toothpaste, scrubbing and rinsing.

3. Chrome sinks: taps looking scuffed? Apply toothpaste to a cloth and wipe away. It’ll be shining in minutes.

4. Oven: got some nasty patches of burnt food? Apply toothpaste, commit to some hard scrubbing, rinse, and watch the stains disappear.

5. Soap scum: if your shower or sink has started to collect soap scum, squirt on some toothpaste, leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

6. Crayon marks: if you’ve got crayon on your walls, put some toothpaste on a damp cloth. The crayon should wipe straight off.

7. Water rings: put toothpaste on a damp cloth. Wipe the water marks, and watch them vanish. Wipe down the area with a dry cloth afterwards.

8. Stainless steel: including tops of cookers, and pots and pans. Rub a little bit of toothpaste on a damp cloth, then clean off any bits that are stuck to the stainless steel. (If you do use toothpaste on your eating equipment, though, make sure you rinse it thoroughly, or else your next meal will be mintier than you expected!

Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

16 Unexpected Uses for Toothpaste

 – Two Dozen Uses For Toothpaste (Aside From Cleaning Your Teeth)

Cleaning the House with Toothpaste?

11 Other Uses for Toothpaste

34 Uses For Toothpaste Outside Of Your Mouth

Toothpaste – the miracle cleaner!

If you do try out any of the uses featured in this article, we recommend doing so on a very small test area first, and that you use only white non-gel toothpaste.

Hate chemical hand soap? Make organic soap instead!

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

– Mary Poppins

Hand soap doesn’t need to have an ingredients list the length of your arm. In fact, it’s actually very easy to make your own soap with a few natural, organic ingredients. If you want to have a go, read on!

There are two ways to make liquid hand soap. You can either make your own from scratch, or buy a few organic ingredients and mix them together yourself.

1. Do it from scratch

If you want to know exactly what’s going into your soap, you should try making your own. Here, wikiHow goes through the process step-by-step. The product of the tutorial, Castile liquid hand soap, is vegetable soap. Once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’ll have a scentless, colourless liquid that’s yours to customise!

If you decide that this is something that you want to try, do so, then move to step 2.

2. Customise your own

To customise your own liquid hand soap, you’ll need the following:

  • Castile hand soap
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oils

Here’s an online shop selling mild Castile soap, and here’s one selling organic essential oils. Read on to find out how to combine them for a delicious-smelling hand wash.

– These instructions are not by cleanli, they are by Lia Griffith, and can be found here –

  1. Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 1oz of Castile soap.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil for every cup of water.

Tip: As you might notice, this mixture is made up of a lot of liquids, meaning the result is going to be that way as well! To get the most out of your soap, purchase a foam soap pump. This will also make your mix last much, much longer.

Cleaning with lemon: 10 tips for your kitchen

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.

– Bette Midler

Did you know that lemon juice can be used to get rid of mould? How about that you can use a wedge of lemon to heal your body and clean your home?

Lemon is an amazing fruit. Its natural antimicrobial properties mean that it is an extremely effective household cleaner, and its lovely fresh scent means that you can use as much of it as you like without having to worry about a nasty chemical smell building up.

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Here are 10 ways that you can use lemon to get a clean, beautiful-smelling kitchen:

1. Fridge: get rid of lingering smells with ease. Wipe the walls of the fridge with a cloth covered in lemon juice to get rid of any stains or grease. Cut a lemon in half and leave in the bottom of the fridge overnight.

2. Creepy crawlies: for an easy homemade insect repellent, spray pure lemon juice around any places where bugs get in (windowsills, doors, any cracks etc.) .

3. Counters: for stubborn stains on your counters, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice directly onto the area and leave it for a few minutes. Wipe off, and voila!

4. Chopping boards: if you’ve been chopping garlic or onions or anything that smells, rub your fingers and the chopping board with lemon to get rid of any leftover odours after washing.

5. Dishwasher: as you know, these can get quite grimy after a while. To cut straight through dried-on food and lingering smells, simply cut a slice of lemon and rub over any nasty bits. Wipe the stains off with a damp cloth, then get rid of the extra bits with a dry cloth.

6. Oven top: mix lemon juice, water and baking soda until they’ve made a paste. Put the paste on top of the spills, and leave for 10-15 minutes, depending on how tough they are. Use a rough scourer to get the bits off, then rinse off any leftover paste with a wet sponge.

7. Microwave: it’s no secret that microwaves can start smelling a bit odd after a while. For a no-fuss smell-remover, simply chop up a lemon and put the slices in a microwaveable bowl of water. Microwave for 3 minutes, then wipe down the walls of the microwave with a lemon juice-covered cloth.

8. Wooden floor/hardwood furniture: mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup lemon juice. Clean hardwood features simply by using a cloth to gently rub in the mixture.

9. Sink: cut a lemon in half, and rub all over the sink. Rinse away and repeat as necessary.

10.  Bins/waste disposal: place a few slices of lemon at the bottom of your bin to eliminate any particularly nasty aromas.

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Bonus tips

If you’ve got any leftover lemons, try these out on yourself:

1. Natural highlights: squeeze a cut lemon over the parts of your hair that you want to highlight. Sit out in the sun (wearing sunscreen!) until you’re happy with how it looks. We’d recommend 2 hours in the sun. Wash your hair as normal afterwards.

2. Facial cleanser: mix a teaspoon of squeezed lemon juice with a teaspoon of sugar. You’ve got yourself a facial scrub! Use this on your pores then rinse off with cool water. If you’ve got dry skin, this might not be the face wash for you, as lemon can be drying to skin.

3. Whiten your nails: cut up a lemon, and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Hold your nails in the juice for 10 minutes, then wash off the juice and apply moisturiser.

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Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to put together this list:

– The chemical properties of lemon juice

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off

How to get rid of the bad smell in the fridge?

All-natural ways to clean your kitchen

Clean Your Stove Top Naturally With This Easy Solution

10 Ways to Clean the Kitchen with Lemon Juice

Clean Your Microwave With Lemon

Lemon Juice Can Clean Sinks, Cheese Graters and Chopping Blocks

How to Highlight Your Hair With Lemons

How to Make a Lemon Face Cleanser

Home Remedies for Whitening Yellow Fingernails