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House clean-ups the natural way

Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds, gulfnews.comImage Credit: Supplied

Today's chemical-filled detergents and solutions are not only pricey but chock-full of dangerous chemicals that can be toxic to your family and the environment in the long run. Instead, opt for natural products from your cupboard to help keep your kitchen squeaky clean.

For pesky stains on your kitchen counter and sink, squeeze the juice of one lemon and let it sit on the stains for 30 minutes then scrub the area with one teaspoon of baking soda. To clean windows and mirrors, make a solution of half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle, and use as you would a window spray cleaner.

Borax can be used as a simple dishwashing detergent. Combine two tablespoons of borax and baking powder for one load of dishes. Table salt is another product that can be safely combined with vinegar or lemon juice for a power-packed all-purpose cleaner. Oven and stove spills can be covered with salt. Let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Add a little water, if necessary, then wipe up; the salt will absorb the liquid and is also good at absorbing grease.

Baking soda is a perfect deodorizer. Place the open can towards the back of your fridge to remove odors. To clean counter tops, dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda into one liter of hot water; pour this into a spray bottle to clean hard cooked-on food.

Cornstarch also has a unique ability to remove grease stains. To clean a greasy stove top and counter top, create a paste of three parts cornstarch and one part water, and use it like a store-bought cream-based cleaning product.

Handy Hints:

• Baking soda can also be used to unclog drains

• Salt can be a good dishwashing liquid substitute

• Cornstarch is great for removing grease and stains

Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds,

The writer is a freelancer