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

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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

Hello!

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.

– Nancie J. Carmody

Welcome to cleanli! Here you’ll find eco-friendly, natural cleaning tips for use all over your home.

We’re here to provide you with safe, easy methods for keeping your home sparkly-clean and smelling fresh. And with our step-by-step guides and pointers, you’ll be a natural cleaning pro before you know it.