How to clean with a lemon

It is true that there are a lot of cleaning detergents offered on the market, but some of them could be quite expensive and not as professional and efficient as we might think. As we all know the price is not always an indicator for quality. What makes the lemon such a powerful cleaning weapon? – The answer hides in the citric acid that the lemon juice contains. It has strong anti-bacterial qualities that can be effectively used in your home.

Here are some ideas how to make use of it, so you won’t have to spend a fortune on cleaning detergents:

– If your sink has one of those kitchen macerators for the waste, you know that some pieces of food can clog the pipe and this leads to some unpleasant smells. That is an opportunity to see what an effect lemons can have. Slice the lemon into small pieces and put it in the macerator. Then turn the macerator on and wait until you smell the fresh lemon scent coming from the sink.

Cleaning the utensils – regardless of whether it’s brass, copper, or chromium, there’s no ideal method in the world that can make your old, but favourite utensils shine like new. As we already mentioned, the citric acid the lemon contains can go quite deep and clean all dark areas of your utensils. You’ll be more than happy with the results.

– The pop corn, the pizza and any other food that you prepare in the microwave usually leaves a smell that takes several days to disappear. What you could do is just to take a bowl with hot water, put some lemon slices in it, place it in the microwave and “boil” for 1 minute. Thus, the citric acid will clean the bacteria from the microwave and the moist from the vaporised water will soften the sticky stains and pieces of food, so you’ll be able to easily remove them from the walls of the microwave.

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Saving energy in the kitchen

Saving energy in your kitchen is easy, useful and costs-saving as well. And cutting the costs is always welcome, because thus you are able to spend more on clothes, cosmetics or anything else that brings to your style, or you can buy something for your kids. Here are a few tips on how to escape the heartbreaking utility bills at the end of the month:

– When cooking always put the cover on the pot, so you can prevent the loss of heat.

– Don’t use too big pots that aren’t suitable for the amount of food you’ll be cooking. Thus, you won’t be heating a bigger surface unnecessarily.

– Turn off the oven or the hot plate before the dish is completely ready, because even when they are turned off they stay heated for some time which will be enough to have the dish completely ready.

– Cook all dishes for the day one after another, so you won’t have to turn on and off the hot plate again and again and wait for it to get heated every time.

– Don’t open the fridge before you have decided what you will need. After all you know what you have exactly in it and keeping the door open until you decide what to take will not help much.

– If you decide to buy a new kitchen appliance, go for the energy saving ones. When choosing an electrical appliance, pay attention to its energy efficiency showed on the label.

– Don’t use the cooker for everything, if you have a toaster, an electric kettle, or an electric steamer. Small electric appliances are aimed for the preparation of small amount of food relatively quickly. That’s why they consume less energy.

– And don’t forget to unplug the charge of your mobile phone when the battery is full, because the chargers can be real energy vampires.

These things could seem small and insignificant, but they most definitely work.

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Killing the microbes – Part 2

So, to finish the topic from yesterday, we already know how many bacteria there are in every home, and despite the numerous times we disinfect the rooms, the microbes will always find a place to hide.

The chopping board – according to some, the chopping board contains even more microbes that you can find on the toilet plate. Frightening, isn’t it? Here’s what you should do – use only plastic chopping boards, because they’re easier to be cleaned. Plus, they absorb less. Use a separate chopping board when you cut meat. When washing the chopping board, use some lemon juice as well.

Wet inner surface of the washing machine – You didn’t know that the washing powder doesn’t kill all of the microbes? Believe me – it doesn’t. What I would advise you is to clean your washing machine with hot water every time after you wash your clothes.

The bath – about 100,000 on every 2.5 cm². Use anti-bacterial detergent at least once a week.

The kitchen and the bathroom floors – clean regularly, even if you see just one small stain. It’s better to clean it on time rather than leave it until it gets sticky and turns into a small microbial island.

The bin – again, another heaven for the microbes. A dark, moist environment for different micro-organisms. The solution – buy a pedal bin, so you won’t have to touch it often when you throw away the waste. Even if you don’t like the idea of cleaning it and washing it, it should be done once in a week.

The toys – no matter what protections we use, the kids and the microbes just go hand by hand. Quite often the children take their toys when they’re playing outdoors and, thus, they bring many bacteria back to your house. What you need to do is to treat the toys as something that also has to be regularly cleaned. You can even wash some of them in the washing machine, or the plastic ones – in the dishwasher. The right thing is to teach your kids they should wash their hands every time they finish playing.

Most of all, don’t forget that hygiene is everything. And is a must in order to have a safe environment for you and your family.

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Killing the microbes – Part 1

What would happen, if we could put on glasses to show us all the microbes and bacteria at home? Maybe we would run away screaming… Micro-organisms can be found everywhere in our houses,  but not all of them hide threat to our health. Some of them even increase the efficiency of our immune system. Unfortunately, there are also those which can be quite harmful. What is worse is that the conventional methods for treatment (the bleach, for example) could be even more harmful for the health and the environment. I can give you some small tips that could be really helpful.

– Your sponges in the kitchen foster quite a lot of bacteria about 250,000 on every 2,5 cm2. Using the sponges to clean different surfaces, we actually spread the bacteria. The wet pores, which make the sponges so effective, are indeed a “cosy home” for many micro-organisms as well, which are quite difficult to get rid of.  You can do 3 simple things in order to solve the problem: you can either put the sponges in boiling water for 3 minutes, or wash them and put the in the microwave for 3 minutes, or wash them in the dishwasher along with the plates. We have the same issues with the kitchen cloths, but at least they don’t have so many pores. What you need to do is to dry them before using them, because the lack of moisture will kill most of the micro-organisms within a few hours.

Kitchen sink – you can’t imagine what amount of bacteria causing salmonella and so many other diseases can be found in the sink and especially around the drain and the taps which we touch very often. The solution – rub the sink and the area around the drain with salt and an old brush at least twice a week, it really helps. And also it is advisable to use an anti-bacterial detergent.

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A quick clean up for last minute guests

If your other half told you in the very last minute that he has invited friends over to watch the soccer game, and your home is a total mess, you don’t have to panic, if you still have 10 minutes before the guests come. 10 minutes is plenty of time and is surely enough to do a quick and good clean. Here’s what you need to do:

List your priorities – Decide which rooms are in need for a clean and which could be missed. If the guests will be coming in the evening, then clean the rooms which will be definitely used – the living room and the bathroom. Choosing just 1 or 2 rooms will save you time and stress.

Use help – Ask your kids or your other half to participate in the cleaning. This will lessen the amount of work that you have to do. Call end of tenancy cleaners Putney.

Wipe the windows from the inside and any other glass surfaces – it might seem pointless to be done within the time frame that you have, but you can be sure that any fingerprints left on them are your own confession that it’s been a mess in your home.

Dust the TV – 10 minutes might not be enough to clean the dust from everywhere, but the TV is a must as it is the first thing to be noticed when the guests enter the room. A clean TV monitor will show what a wonderful and irreplaceable housewife you are.

Remove any hairs left by your pets – The anti static cloths are the perfect way to remove the dust and any hairs from wooden floors, if you don’t have time for a vacuum cleaner.

Tidy up the bathroom – Quickly clean the mirrors and remove the toothpaste stains from the sink. Hide any cosmetics or toiletries below the sink or in the cabinet, or wherever else you decide. Don’t forget to change the towels in the bathroom and to clean the toilet as well.

Make your kitchen shine – Just mop the kitchen floors and wipe the surfaces.

Freshen the air – Light a few aroma candles or essential oils, so your home would smell nicely.

Aaaand that’s it!!! You’re done!

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