Chemical Free cleaning

The ONLY 3 Cleaning Products You Will Ever Need

baking-soda-768950_1920-1 vinegar-768948_1920 stocksnap_nd3s9zlkjeCleaning – Such a Chore

Cleaning is one of those necessary evils of life that you’re never gonna get away from, unless you have a maid/cleaning service.  Most of us don’t, but even those of you who do can gain some benefit from this post.

I started a cleaning business a little while back, and it was great fun.  I learned a lot about cleaning.  I learned a lot about myself too.  One of them was that – I didn’t enjoy cleaning. Waahaahaahaa! I know, please don’t judge me too harshly.  I tried it, I was good at it, but I didn’t love it. My business is still on the go, but I have a sub-contractor doing the cleaning and I manage the client relationships, orders, payments and business.  It’s that part I love…and I’m good at it.

Anyhoo…back to the cleaning products.

With the information I am about to share with you, there will no longer be any need to add “cleaning products” to your monthly/weekly shopping bill. You simply will no longer need them.  Another thing you will be doing that is beneficial to yourself and your family, is saving them from exposure to all those harmful chemicals.  Just saying.  You could be saving yourself $10 a week, $520 a year – awesome!

The products

In no particular order:

  1. White vinegar
  2. Malt vinegar
  3. Bicarbonate of soda

These three products and/or a combination of them, have the potential to serve all your household cleaning needs.

Malt Vinegar Uses:

Malt vinegar has grease cutting properties.

  1. Clean the microwave.  Using a microwave safe mug/cup, add 1/4 cup malt vinegar, fill cup with warm water.  Place cup in the microwave and put it on for 5 minutes.  Remove cup and wipe out.  The dirt, grime, grease will be super easy to wipe off.  If you have a particularly dirty microwave, do step 1 and then go again for another 5 minutes.  Your kitchen will smell for a little while, but open a window to let some fresh air through.  You will notice that even though the vinegar smell was strong while you had it in the microwave, it will clean it up and the smell will not remain in the microwave.
  2. Cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, toilet floor – In a spray bottle, mix half malt vinegar and half water.  Spray the floor and mop with a gentle microfibre cloth.  It will deodorise, degrease and clean your floor better than any commercially bought product.
  3. Cleaning plastic light shades – using the same mixture above, remove light shades safely, spray with mixture, wipe and dry.  Put your lightshades back up and they will look lovely.
  4. Clean the dishwasher – simply pour the malt vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher, or put in a spray bottle and spray a lot around the inside of the machine.  Then run it on a normal cycle.  You may find that it will clean the filter as well.

White vinegar uses:

White vinegar does not have as powerful  grease cutting properties as malt, but it is still a fantastic cleaner.

  1. Fluffy towels. Use a capful in a load of towels to strip old detergent or softeners from the towels.  Leaving you with fresh smelling, fluffy and super absorbent towels again.  In fact, it’s best to wash any newly bought towels with a capful of white vinegar along with your normal detergent before using to make them more absorbent.
  2. Cleaning Computer screen, tablet screen or TV Screens.  Mix half water, half white vinegar in a spray bottle.  Spray sparingly about 10cm (2-3 inches) away from the screen, then wipe with a good quality microfibre cloth.  You will notice the difference instantly!  No need for expensive screen wipes/cleaners.
  3. Conditioning hair rinse.  I’ve tried this and it works.  The smell does not hang around once you’ve rinsed out the vinegar rinse.  Use one part white vinegar, one part water.  Shampoo a
    chemical free

    After – Fridge door

    only 3 cleaning products

    Before – Fridge door

    nd rinse hair as normal and then pour your vinegar rinse through your hair.  Leave in for 2 to 4 minutes, then rinse out.

  4. Cleaning Stainless Steel, such as fridge/stove. Half ‘n half water and vinegar. Spray. Wipe. Done – actually, with stainless steel you do need to be a bit more fastidious than that and a good microfibre cloth is important.  Give the item a gentle buff after cleaning.

Combined uses:

  1. Clean ovenSpray liberally with white vinegar. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda all over, and allow to foam.  Leave in place for 45min – 1 hour.  You may find that you still have baked grease in some spots, if so repeat.  If your oven is particularly bad, half fill an ovenproof bowl with a mixture of half water, half vinegar.  Add two to three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda, and watch it foam, place the bowl in the oven and turn it on to 100 deg Celcuis. (212 Farenheit) for 45 minutes.  Remove the bowl, spray with white vinegar again, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, allow to foam and rinse/wipe out the residue after 45min – 1 hour.  You may need to use some elbow grease.  🙂
  2. Clean carpet stains – half vinegar, half water in a spray bottle.  Spray the stain, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda.  Allow to dry, then vacuum with the vacuum brush down to buff and so that the grains of bicarb are loosened.  I found that horrible red juice stains were removed!  Just brilliant! – TIP: test this on a small area of your carpet first.  
  3. Shower/bath cleaner.  Again the half vinegar, half water solution.  Spray all over your shower, and pay particular attention to areas where grim builds up, particularly corners and door hinges.  Sprinkle with the bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).  Leave it for a little while – 10 to 20 minutes.  Then use an old toothbrush to give a little scrub to those nasty areas.  You can either wipe the product of, or simply put the shower on and rinse off.  Sometimes I do this cleaning job before I’m about to get in the shower.  It’s completely chemical free and rinsing around while I’m showering is beautifully easy. I love to get two jobs done in the time it takes for 1! YES!

Do you have any cleaning tips?


  • Jane Russell November 23, 2016 at 7:16 am

    What helpful tips. I knew that you can use vinegar and bicarb to clean things (I use it on the sink and to remove coffee stains from cups). I didn’t know that you can use it to clean stainless steel (I hate cleaning stainless steel!!) or that it could go in the washing machine with towels! The microwave tip was also just in time as I made something explode in there earlier haha

    Keep up the good work!

    • claire winter November 24, 2016 at 9:35 am

      That’s awesome Jane! I love using vinegar and bicarb. It’s the best and my favourite part is that it’s free of all those yucky chemicals!


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