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Green and clean right at home

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If you think cleaning with natural organic cleaners is expensive, you are mistaken. Most natural cleaning agents are available in your own kitchen cabinet.

One of the most widely used cleaning agents is baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which is also an excellent scouring agent as it cuts through grease by reacting with fatty acids. Its abrasive quality can be used to clean kitchen or tile surfaces. Add a pinch to your laundry to soften water, remove stains and whiten clothes.

Lemon juice has one of the strongest food acids – citric acid – which is very effective in killing most household bacteria. It can also inhibit the growth of molds and disinfect toilets. 

White vinegar is famous for its versatility in the household. The acetic acid content dissolves calcium build-up in dishwashers, coffee pots, kettles, sinks, shower screens and windows. It cuts through grease and soap debris. It evaporates to carry away foul odor with its fumes so it is very effective in bathrooms and sinks. 

Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is one of the oldest cleaning products, and is stronger than baking soda. It is used for very tough stains like grease or petrol stains on garage floors, etc. The high alkalinity of washing soda helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains, and unlike bleach, it does not leave marks.

Common table salt is mainly used as a gentle abrasive and disinfectant. It is useful for clearing drains and cleaning stained kitchen utensils. It cuts through grease when added to baking soda. It removes burn marks from the edges of dishes and stains from china ware. It can be used as a scrub to whiten discolored bread boards.

Handy Hints
• Some kitchen supplies can act as cleaning agents
• Baking soda is most widely used stain remover
• Lemon juice effective in killing household bacteria


Source: Zenifer Khaleel, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer