How To Clean A Ceramic Hob – Real Advice of a Professional Cleaner

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Cleaning your ceramic hob is not the easiest task in the world, but it doesn’t have to be hard! Every time you cook on your stovetop, grease and food particles get left behind. Left unchecked for a long period of time, these can cause a lot of different problems with your expensive appliance. In this blog post, we will discuss some easy ways to clean a ceramic hob that won’t take up too much of your valuable time!

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Things to consider before cleaning your hob

– make sure you’re using the right cleaning products for ceramic hobs. A good quality specialist cleaner will always be the best option.

Weiman Ceramic Glass Top Cooker Spray is fab.

Important note: This is for the glass top cooker spray, not the cream cleaner by Weiman. I dont recommend any cream or paste cleaners on ceramic hobs.

And the green cleaners weapon of choice for me is:

Skoosh Green Cleaning

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Skoosh is a green multi-purpose cleaner that I use around my house. 

It’s multipurpose because it comes in a concentrated bottle with 3 reusable spray bottles that make up the 3 levels of cleaning. 

At the most diluted level, we have the window and glass cleaner. 

The middle dilution level is your average multi surface cleaner. 

The highest concentrate is for burnt on, sticky, hard to remove grime. 

This is what I use to clean everything in my house these days.

If you’re making the switch to something environmentally friendly, then this is the guy for you.

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The right tools.

There are glass scraping tools on the market. Look on Amazon for a glass razor!

A wide and extendable one like this will make the job easier for you.

I’ve read many blog posts and watched many YouTube videos where they state to use bicarbonate of soda or a scourer to scratch away the residue. This is poorly researched advice and I suspect they’re all just copying off each other. Please don’t use these techniques if you like your hob shiny.

Never use anything abrasive like scourers or abrasive paste cleaners (including homemade), because these will leave micro-abrasions on the surface and dull the shine over time. They can leave bigger scratches on the surface too.

The Importance of Keeping Your Ceramic Hob Clean

It’s so important to keep ceramic hobs clean and to clean after every use. The reason behind this is because it is essentially a glass surface, the rings stay hot for longer, which causes any spills to be burned on and very difficult to remove. It’s not nice to look at and just looks plain ugly.

Another cause for concern with the build-up is that it could potentially cause a fire, as with any other cooker hob. So you wanna make sure you’re getting it as clean as humanly possible.

Ceramic hobs are meant to be shiny for a good reason. Not only does it look better on your kitchen counter, but the food you cook will also taste better because of its slick surface. A dirty ceramic hob is not just unattractive; it can actually ruin your culinary experience by preventing pans from sitting flat enough and touching the heating element properly and evenly.

How To Clean A Ceramic Hob

Daily Wipe Ups – Make sure all burners are turned off and unplugged. Wipe down with soapy water using a microfiber cloth. Rinse thoroughly after each burner has been cleaned. This will help prevent build-up from occurring in the future!

Crud Removing – To remove the built-up crud around the elements. You will need:

  1. A good quality ceramic hob cleaner
  2. A microfiber cloth
  3. A glass safety razor

The Process For Cleaning Ceramic Hobs Properly and Safely

  1. Remove any loose particles by simply wiping them away with a microfiber cloth.
  2. Spray liberally with the aforementioned ceramic hob cleaner.
  3. Let the cleaner sit on the surface for a few minutes to work its magic.
  4. Wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
  5. If you’re left with rings around the elements, spray again.
  6. Use your razor blade as flat to the surface as possible to slide the remaining residue off.
  7. Repeat on all four elements.
  8. Spray a little more cleaner.
  9. Polish in with a dry microfiber cloth.

How To Prevent Ceramic Hob Build-Up.

The best course of action is always going to be prevention. And I know, I keep saying this over and over in all my posts. BUT, if you can prevent a spill from happening then you won’t need to clean it up.

  1. Do you need to use an entire pot of water for your veggies? Not really, just fill the pan about one-quarter full and that’s enough. This way there won’t be any spills or overflows on the cooktop!
  2. If your water is getting too hot and boiling over onto your stovetop. The best way to avoid these types of spills as well make sure cooking goes smoothly – use a large enough pan for the contents so there are no overflow worries!
  3. Clean as you go. If you spilt something or it overflowed onto the stovetop, then clean it up when it happens. This will prevent a lot of burnt on crud later on.
  4. Leading on from the last point. Clean your hob every time you use it. Your ceramic hob and his fantastic shine will thank you for it.
  5. Use the right pots and pans for your hob. If you’re using an induction hob, then you need to buy induction hob pots and pans.

Other Uses For This Method.

In our cleaning company for years now, we’ve been using this same method to clean ovens. The only difference being, that we use an oven cleaner instead of a hob cleaner.

You can use the glass razor to clean up your glass oven door window to look new.

You can also use the glass razor on other glass surfaces, just be sure to make the surface very wet and slippery and keep it as flat as possible, running parallel with the surface.

Can I use the pink stuff on my ceramic hob?

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In short, no. The pink stuff is a natural mild cleaning abrasive. The keyword here is abrasive. When you use an abrasive cleaner, no matter how gentle it is, on a shiny surface, like a ceramic hob. It etches into the surface and leaves tiny abrasions in the top layer of the surface. 

When you use an abrasive cleaner like the pink stuff over a long period of time. It makes the once shiny surface dull. 

These companies who make the abrasive cleaners do advertise that you CAN use their products on shiny surfaces, however, my expert, and first-hand experience with abrasive cleaners tells me that it is not a good idea. 

I’ve seen many glass top stoves, ceramic hobs, induction hobs and oven doors that are damaged enough to make them look cloudy and dull. This isn’t an attractive look so please don’t do it. 

I’ve scratched my hob, can it be fixed?

I’m sorry, no. Once your ceramic hob has been scratched you cant repair it. You can make it look less obvious with either the Weiman Cleaner or Skoosh Cleaner mentioned above but you’ll never be able to restore it fully. Time for a new hob I’m afraid.

Warning.

Do not use the blade upright, the blade must be parallel with the surface to prevent scratching.

The surface must be wet with the ceramic hob cleaner to prevent scratching. Using a glass razor on a dry surface will definitely scratch it.

Never use ammonia or bleach-based products to clean a ceramic hob, these will damage and discolour beyond repair.

Don’t use citrus-based products.

Don’t be tempted to chisel off burnt-on crud with a knife or any other kind of utensil.

Conclusion

If you take only one piece advice away from this blog post. Make it this one – Don’t use abrasive products on glass/ceramic or induction hobs. You don’t need them. You also don’t need them for any other household task providing you haven’t in the past.

Abrasive cleaners just grind down a surface and make it harder and harder to clean as time goes on.

How To Clean Granite Countertops

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How To Clean Granite: Expert Tips

If you have granite countertops, it is crucial to know how to clean them. It may seem like a simple task, but more goes into cleaning granite than meets the eye. This blog post will teach you all about how to properly care for your expensive stone and rid it of stains.

What is Granite?

Granite is a natural stone composed of many different minerals, which can all affect the colour. The most common type of granite contains 65% alkali feldspar and 20% quartz with mica for added sparkle. Depending on what mix you choose, your beautiful granite countertops might turn out pink or white!

Where Does Granite Come From?

As the oldest rock in existence, granite has seen a lot of changes over its long lifetime. The first one that ever formed was during an unknown point in time 300 million years ago. It is called “plutonic” because it forms deep underground and makes up what’s known as continental crusts today.

When you think of granite, do you immediately visualize a table or countertop? But did you know that the most exotic colours come from China, India and Brazil? Granite mining is an expensive process involving both capital and labour intensive work to extract blocks of rock by cutting or blasting them out for them to be transported around the world via rail.

How to Care for Granite Countertops

When you purchase a granite countertop, your kitchen likely comes with a layer of sealant. This prevents spills from getting into the tiny pores in natural stone and keeps water from penetrating them. It’s time to reseal these counters when they start becoming difficult to clean or if droplets of water are no longer beading up on their surface anymore – typically, every two-four years will suffice for most homeowners.

Gaining popularity for its durability and strength, homeowners are increasingly turning to granite countertops. But the stone mustn’t become damaged by too much heat or improper cleaning techniques! Watch out when using detergents on your new counters because many products can damage this surface material. Follow these simple steps to maximize the performance of your surfaces without compromising their integrity:

How to Clean Granite Countertops

Don’t try to clean granite countertops with harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners or abrasive scrubbing tools. Warm water and mild dish soap are best for this job! Vinegar can dull the surface of your beautiful stone top (though it has plenty of other uses in and around your house!). And don’t use any scrubbers that could scratch away at those gorgeous surfaces!

Proactive prevention is better than reactive waiting. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe up spills as soon as possible and avoid unsightly stains on your granite countertops with this simple precaution!

Clean your granite kitchen worktops with only a couple of drops of dish soap and hot water: The best way to keep the countertops clean is by using two simple ingredients, warm water and some dish soap liquid. Combine these in an empty bottle or in the sink. Wipe away the stains carefully and buff with a soft, dry microfiber cloth for a sheeny shine.

Buy granite specific cleaning solutions from the grocery store or online. There are plenty to choose from, and they will undoubtedly help make your granite countertops last longer.

How To Clean Granite Countertop Stains: Last Resort! All Of These Require Resealing!

Oil stains

Oil stains are the most common stain in kitchen areas, and they usually come from spills or food preparation related to cooking oils. To lift an oil stain:

  1. Combine baking soda with acetone into a paste at pancake batter consistency and place it onto the stained countertop.
  2. Leave for 24 hours before removing and rinsing off with water.
  3. Repeat if necessary; some stains may require 2-3 attempts depending on the severity of dirt accumulation.
  4. Reseal the granite surface once finished cleaning up any messes leftover!

How To Clean Food Stains From granite Countertops

A great way to remove food stains from the surface of natural stone like granite is by soaking a paper towel, cotton ball or white terry cloth towels soaked in any liquid bleach brand and placing it on the stained area. Allow this solution to sit for 24 hours, then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary when dealing with more stubborn stains like mould, mildew, plant runoff dirt and soil caused by household pets such as urine use a soft nylon brush, rinse thoroughly and reseal the granite countertop.

Do Granite Countertops Rust?

It sure does. The granite composition is made up of minerals and elements, including iron, a granite worktop can sometimes rust. Please read below to find out how to treat it.

Rust stains

Rust is not only an eyesore but can also be harmful to the stone. To remove rust stains, pour or spray 3% hydrogen peroxide on and around the stained area using a safe-on-stone scrubbing pad or nylon brush for 24 hours before rinsing it off. Preferably get a professional in over the DIY fix.

I’d not attempt any of the above DIY fixes myself; always call a professional because I’m not a professional restorer for natural stone surfaces, and I could end up making things much, much worse.

Avoid Abrasive Products As Much As You Can

I know I just said above to use bleach, baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide. However, that was as a last resort, and I mean the last resort.

You should never really be using anything abrasive on natural stone.

Never use an acidic or alkaline cleaner on granite countertops.

Don’t use an abrasive sponge on granite.

Avoid using steel wool on your granite surfaces (there is a little known blog recommending this). Just don’t do it, please.

Do not use any cream cleaner or cleaning paste on natural stone worktops.

No ammonia, absolutely no ammonia.

The kind of damage these products cause will leave the surface needing resealed anyway, so you may as well call a professional in the first place.

Protect and Preserve Granite Countertops

Tips to get the most out of your granite countertops.

Never stand on granite worktops. One piece of debris caught on your foot, sock or shoe can deeply scratch a granite surface. Meaning the whole lot would have to be repolished and sealed.

Always use hot pan stands and trivets to protect your surface from extreme heat. Granite is hardwearing but not invincible.

Always, always clean up spills from your granite countertops immediately.

Dry and buff your granite immediately after cleaning; this will bring it up to a polished shine.

Invest in good quality Microfiber Cloths like the ones I talk about in this blog post. I use these at home, and they are also used in my cleaning company. Our clients are always astounded at their nipping shiny surfaces.

Use a chopping board. Not only will a chopping board protect your granite from scratches, but it will also prevent your knives from going blunt and prevents you from accidentally staining the granite while chopping food.

Use coasters. I know it’s an obvious one, and most people use coasters anyway, but I wanted to mention it to make it abundantly clear that you need to do the most to protect your grant work surfaces.

Dry your granite immediately. The most common place for granite corrosion is around the sink. Always dry off and buff the surface after you’ve washed the dishes. This will delay the corrosion process around the sink significantly.

Fun Fact Number 1

Did you know that granite is naturally antibacterial? Yep, that’s right, it is. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Granite is naturally resistant to bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious. Regularly sealing the stone helps resist liquids that can harbour germs and keep your granite looking as good as new!

Fun Fact Number 2

The world’s tallest buildings, such as Dubai Tower in the United Arab Emirates, are built from granite – it has been used for centuries to construct some of history’s greatest monuments like the Statue Of Liberty and other famous sites. It can be found on every continent with examples including Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia; Vermont Granite Quarry at Readsboro, which was started by a team led by Dr Edmund Hastings, who came up with an idea when he saw Manhattan Island during his visit there around 1802-3

‘then returned home determined that what New York needed were tall solid stone towers’; Yellowstone National Park features many natural wonders created over millennia using this material.

Fun Fact Number 3

Many people mistake fissures as cracks when they are actually natural separations in the stone that don’t compromise its structural integrity.

3 Best Granite Cleaners For Countertops

And of course the one cleaner that beats them all is Skoosh, if you’re in Australia then I insist you try out the Skoosh products for yourself, they are un-frickin-believably good! As Ive mentoned in other posts I never thought Id convert from my dish soap but I have. I absolutely love my Skoosh!

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Of course Skoosh is a green cleaner, and thats what makes it even more amazing, saving money AND saving the planet!

Conclusion

A lot of what I’ve said about granite countertops were the same prevention measures I mentioned in my Quartz cleaning post earlier.

We need to be sensible when spending such large amounts of money on luxury additions to the house.

Preventing stains is easier than removing stains, so it will always be my first priority.

And as always, if in doubt, call in a professional.

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Clean Quartz Countertops Safely! The Ultimate Guide!

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This was posted in our Facebook Group a number of times last week. How to clean Quartz countertops. I gave my advice, my thoroughly researched, trained and good advice that we also use in the cleaning company.

But to my horror there were 20 or more extremely dangerous comments advising the member to use cream abrasives, vinegar, lemon, bathroom cleaners. I was actually ready to cry because some of these people were “professional cleaners” and some were just people going around ruining their own quartz countertops.

Buying Quartz Countertops

If you are in the market for a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent choice. Quartz is a durable and low-maintenance material that looks beautiful with any decorating style.

How to clean quartz is a great question to ask if you are thinking about investing in this beautiful engineered stone for your home. Whether you are seeking to buy quartz counters for your kitchen or your bathroom, it is a countertop material that you will be extremely happy with no matter what.

Quartz Countertops Are Easy To Care For And Clean

Quartz countertops are not so hard to care for, in fact, they are quite low maintenance. But proper care and maintenance are essential if you want those swanky new quartz countertops looking their very best! So please leave the bathroom cleaners and vinegar in the cupboard for this one.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops?

Here are a few essential and very very important tips for cleaning your quartz countertops:

  • Always wipe down the surface of your counters after you use them. This will help prevent any stains or fingerprints from building up over time and keep your kitchen looking its best!
  • Clean up messes from your quartz countertop immediately. And this applies to every other surface too, cleaning as you go is just good sense!
  • Use water and a microfiber cloth whenever possible, this reduces the risk of cleaning chemicals dulling the shine on your swanky new quartz countertops.
  • You can use a mild detergent like dish soap although not all manufacturers recomend this and hot water with a microfiber cloth is still very effective.
  • If you need to use a cleaning chemical, make sure it is natural and won’t leave any residue on your countertops. Take a wet microfiber cloth with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub the stain using the wet cloth. Next, you are going to want to wipe the counter again using just warm water. This will help with any tough stains that would not come off with a simple water and soap mix.
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pH-neutral Cleaners To Clean Quartz Countertops Are Best

Quartz countertops are beautiful, but they require special care when cleaning. You should always clean them with pH-neutral cleaners and avoid acidic or alkaline products to prevent staining the surface of your quartz. Unfortunately, hard water stains can still form no matter what you do! But using hot soapy water does remove them.

Where Do Quartz Countertops Come From?

Quartz is a type of rock that has been mined for centuries; its popularity in kitchens continues today as homeowners appreciate how it resists scratches from knives while also looking sleek and contemporary on their counters. However, when Quartz surfaces get dirty (it’s inevitable), we need to be careful because many commercial cleaning chemicals like vinegar will cause etching issues if used too often which could lead to discolouration over time due to acid exposure.

What Should I Avoid Using On Quartz Countertops and Surfaces When I Clean Them?

Lots of cleaning solutions and I’ve listed them below for you.

Mild Abrasives and Cream Cleaners

Never use mild abrasives like the pink stuff or cream cleaners because they will leave tiny scratches on the surface that will dull the shine. And the only way to come back from that is to have it repolished.

Vinegar or Any Other Kind of Acid

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Never use vinegar or any other kind of acid on your quartz countertops because quartz does not cope with the PH imbalance and will also dull the shine.

Alkaline Cleaners

The same goes for alkaline cleaners, like bleach and oven cleaners. They will literally strip your quartz countertops in minutes.

Protect Your Quartz Countertops

Use a chopping board.

Don’t ever be tempted to chop or cut food on your quartz countertops. While it is scratch resistant it is not scratch proof. Always use a chopping board when cutting food. You’ll not only damage your quartz but your knives too.

Protect From Extreme Heat

Use trivets and hot pan stands when cooking. Never place a hot pan on quartz.

Dont stand On Quartz Countertops

And it goes without saying but don’t stand on your quartz countertops, if you need to be up at a high cupboard use a suitable step ladder. Anything caught on your feet, in your socks or on your shoes will absolutely scratch the quartz surface and then we’re back to getting it repolished.

If any of the cleaning methods above aren’t suitable for you. Then buy a special cleaner, made especially for quartz countertops. There are loads on the market. Always patch test in an inconspicuous place before going the whole haul and cleaning the lot.

Some suggestions for Quartz safe cleaners are below:

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Propre Skoosh PH Neutral Multi-Surface

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Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine

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More Stone & Quartz Cleaner PH Neutral

My favourite is the Propre Skoosh Multi, its a fab all-rounder and really tough on stains but gentle on our more delicate surfaces like quartz and stainless steel. I love it so much I imported some from Australia to try for myself and the results have been blowing me away every day since.

I know I harp on about how good dish soap is, and it is. But this stuff cleans my windows, my hob, my oven, my quartz and my bathroom with hardly any effort.

Ive even cleaned old foundation stains off my wood dresser with it and cleaned the sticky residue off a cupboard from vinyl sticky back plastic, it just slid right off.

The bad news though, it’s only available in Australia right now, I’ll be importing a pallet to distribute some time in the future so watch this space.

Conclusion

To recap in short. Don’t use alkaline or acidic cleaners. Don’t use mild abrasives or even harsh abrasives (but I know you wouldn’t anyway). Get a chopping board. Clean up spills immediately. Never stand on the quartz countertop. If you need something stronger use a natural cleaner like rubbing alcohol BUT very quickly and very sparingly!

The first thing to do when you notice your quartz countertops have a stain is take care of it as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading and ill see you in the next one.

Sarah x

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Hydrogen Peroxide, How and Where To Clean: Tips to Rid Your Home of Germs

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We all know that we should clean our homes often but sometimes there’s not enough time. That is, until now! If you’re looking for a way to make your cleaning routine more efficient and effective, then hydrogen peroxide may be the solution for you. This chemical has been used as an antibacterial agent since the late 1800s when it was first made by French chemist Louis Nicolas Clément.

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French Chemist Making Hydrogen peroxide

Where Does Hydrogen Peroxide Come From?

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide might sound like some new science fiction movie from an action-adventure franchise but it’s actually a naturally occurring chemical that comes to us courtesy of the sun. When ultraviolet rays and moisture combine, they cause oxygen atoms to bond together into H2O2 rather than regular water – which is nice because we all know how much better our clothes will smell when they’re not being bleached!

It turns out this one has been around for centuries though nobody knew what was going on until recently; scientists first noted its existence back in 1774 thanks to English clergyman John Waller who discovered small bubbles coming off his glass after he left it outside overnight during a full moon.

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Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectant

So, Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant that will kill bacteria like staph and viruses. But it can also be used to make your own all-purpose cleaner. To get the most from this product, look for 3-6% hydrogen peroxide solution. These are best at killing those pesky germs!

The potency of hydrogen peroxide will reduce as it is exposed to light. For optimal use, the CDC recommends storing your bottle in a dark container or keeping its contents under wraps with an opaque wrapper so that its concentration stays stable and effective at killing germs.

Never Mix Hydrogen Peroxide With Other Cleaners

With hydrogen peroxide being safe to use alone, it’s easy for you to clean without any worries of a chemical reaction. However, this doesn’t mean that mixing other household cleaning agents with hydrogen peroxide is a good idea. They can react and create toxic fumes or even blow up!

It is a great way to get rid of those pesky germs, but there’s an easy process you need to follow.

The CDC recommends that before disinfecting with hydrogen peroxide, first use soap and water then pour or spray your solution on the surface for 10-15 seconds.

You can either wipe it off using paper towels or sponges or just let it dry naturally. If left untouched by people (it should take about ten minutes).

Don’t Mix With Metals

Although, Hydrogen Peroxide’s biodegradability is one of its many charms. It can be dangerous, though! For example, concentrations over 30% should not be mixed with metals like copper and iron because explosions may occur.

A hydrogen peroxide explosion sounds like a blast from an atomic bomb – but only if it’s elevated to 30% concentration. For the most part, concentrations of 3-10%, which are common in our homes and offices for household cleaning purposes such as bleaching stains off clothes or killing bacteria on countertops, have no adverse effects other than some minor skin irritation after prolonged contact with these chemicals at high levels.

Hydrogen Peroxide is Non-Toxic

You know those people who are all like, “I can’t believe I just put hydrogen peroxide on my skin!” Yeah, me too. And yet here we both are.

Truth is, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about hydrogen peroxide and its uses in the home. It’s time to set some things straight because you deserve to know that this stuff is awesome for more than just your teeth!

Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide has several advantages. The most important one is that it’s safe to clean with. It’s a non-toxic substance which won’t hurt the environment, cause pollution. While still being an effective disinfectant and cleaner! Therefore you can use H2O2 to effectively clean your child’s clothes (or their toys) as well as a dog’s bed. They’re just getting cleaned – not exposed to chemicals or germs.

How Long Should Hydrogen Peroxide Dwell?

After you’ve used hydrogen peroxide, make sure to leave it on the surface for at least one minute before drying. It’ll give enough time in order to kill all of those nasty pathogens and bacteria that might be lurking around!

What Can You Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide

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Pet Mess

Clean up your pet’s messes with peroxide.

Your pets can leave a strong odour when they’ve gone potty indoors, use peroxide to make it smell fresh and clean.

Stain Remover

Remove stains from carpets by spraying the area with a mixture of 1 part water and 3 parts hydrogen peroxide, then scrubbing away the dirt 

Grout Cleaner

Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning hard-to-reach places like between tiles or in grout lines on floors or countertops 

Clean The Bath

Pour some into your bathtub before you shower to kill bacteria that may be lurking there (just make sure you rinse it out!) 

Clean Fruit

Spray some onto fruit and vegetables before eating them to remove any chemicals they may have been sprayed with at the grocery store, always rinse well!

Clean Clothes

Remove stains from clothes.

If using peroxide to clean your clothes, make sure that you use only white clothing that is colorfast because bleach can damage colors in fabrics.

Toilet

Clean your toilet bowl 

You can clean your toilet with peroxide to eliminate germs.

For cleaning your toilet bowl:

Spray some of the mixture onto a cloth towel and scrub at stubborn dirt spots until they’re gone. For really tough jobs like rust rings around toilets, mix 1 part peroxide and 3 parts water in a spray bottle . Spray the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Then scrub with an old toothbrush or sponge until you don’t see any rust left on the surface of the bowl.

Disinfect

Disinfect a kitchen sponge or dishcloth.

To disinfect a kitchen sponge or dishcloth, soak it overnight in peroxide.

The Fridge

Clean out the fridge and freezer with peroxide to kill bacteria, mold, and other germs that can grow in those places.

Window Cleaner

Make a window cleaner by mixing water with peroxide in a spray bottle. 

Treat Mildew

Get rid of mildew on shower curtains, tile grout, and more with hydrogen peroxide solution (equal parts water and 3% hydrogen peroxide).

Hydrogen Peroxide All Purpose Cleaner

Use it as an all-purpose cleaner for counters, sinks, stovetops, refrigerator shelves – really anywhere you need to clean!

Just mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with nine parts water into a spray bottle and get cleaning!

This is also great for disinfecting cutting boards before using them again after they’ve been used to cut raw meat or poultry products 

Treat Pongy Shoes

Put some inside your shoes overnight to kill odor-causing bacteria like staphylococcus epidermidis, pseudomonas aeruginosa, and proteus vulgaris.

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Cautions for Hydrogen Peroxide

The only caution that you’ll need to take with hydrogen peroxide on hard surfaces is your countertops. If they are made of marble or granite, using hydrogen peroxide once in a while is okay but not for continual use. This is because it can break down the finish which makes cleaning difficult and dulls their shine over time. Additionally, bleaching agents contained within this product may cause discoloring depending on the surface type so make sure to test first if colored counters are present!

Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Recipe

Mix up your own natural and organic cleaners to give surfaces a refreshing scent.

Mixing hydrogen peroxide with other household items is an easy way to also clean them, while adding in some fragrance for the finishing touch. To make lemony fresh cleaners you would just follow this recipe:

  1. Mix 1 cup of peroxide and 2 cups of distilled water in a spray bottle.
  2. Add 5 drops of lemon grass essential oil and 5 drops of citronella, or 2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  3. Give it a little shake to mix.
  4. Clean as usual.

Conclusion

In summary cleaning with peroxide leaves your home smelling fresh and clean, kills bacteria that can make you sick, and it’s cheap!

Now go enjoy your home without the yucky germs.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below in the comment section.

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Baking Soda Cleaning, What Can You Clean With It?

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Attention: Do you want to know how to clean your house with baking soda? Did you know baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are the same thing?

Its chemical formula is HNaO – NaHCO, and it has many uses in the kitchen as well as around the house.

Baking soda is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used for scrubbing, deodorizing, and more. It’s eco-friendly and super cheap! 

The best part about baking soda cleaning is that it doesn’t leave behind any residue or film on surfaces like other cleaners do. You can use it in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room—anywhere you need a little extra help getting things clean. 

It also has some great natural odor-fighting properties so if you have smelly clothes or shoes this might be just what you need! 

Baking soda is one of those items that always seems to come in handy when I least expect it. If I ever find myself without my usual arsenal of cleaning products at home, I know I can count on this simple ingredient to get me through the day.

So how does baking soda work?

The chemical name of baking soda is NaHCO3. As the name suggests, it is in actual fact a chemical, however, a natural chemical found in mining. The chemical is burned and then combined with carbon dioxide to create a chemical ash called sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as most Americans know it.

Clean Cooker Hood Filters with baking Soda

The number one way I use baking soda for is cleaning cooker hood filters. I remove the filters, place in the sink, pour over a generous covering of baking soda and then pour over white distilled vinegar. It’s so satisfying to watch. The grease literally just weeps out of the filter, then all you do is rinse, dry and replace the filters. 

Scrub The Sink With Baking Soda

The second way I use baking soda is for sink scrubbing. Simply sprinkle the baking soda into the sink and rub with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth. Baking soda works as a mild abrasive so won’t scratch your surfaces. Do not use an abrasive sponge on any surface that could scratch. These include stainless steel and glass. 

Baking Soda For Cleaning The Oven

The third thing I can clean with baking soda are ovens. Again, sprinkle some baking soda into the oven. Pour in some vinegar until it starts to bubble and rub into the floor and walls of the oven. You can mix this solution prior to adding to the oven but I find it’s more effective to let the bubble happen inside the oven. Then use an abrasive sponge or scourer to scrape away the debris.

Cooking With Baking Soda

I’d like to say that I use this wonderful naturally found chemical in all my cooking but the truth is I don’t cook or bake so no comment on that front.

However, there are still many ways you can incorporate baking soda into your life.

Use As A Deodorant

Now if you’re going all natural, baking soda is a really brilliant alternative to deodorant. The natural odour fighting properties in baking soda will leave smelling and feeling freaky freaky fresh. Just rub some into your underarms after a shower or bath. This isn’t something i’ve personally tried but i hear good things so give it a go if you’re brave enough.

Pet Odours

And following on from the above statement, it can help eliminate pet odours. I have seen many clients use baking soda in pet litter trays. Do your own due diligence on the safety of this though.

Clean the Dishwasher with baking Soda

cleaning the dishwasher with baking soda

For the toughest and most long-standing dishwasher stains, you can’t use anything but baking soda. It doesn’t just cut through even the toughest grease, it also has bleaching properties to help get rid of any tough marks from your stainless steel interior.

Simply sprinkle a good layer of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher and literally throw in around 3-4 cups of white distilled vinegar and watch the fireworks. Well, maybe not quite fireworks but it is definitely a cool volcano experiment.

the vinegar and baking soda fizzing up

Conclusion

So this was my roundup on baking soda cleaning, I don’t personally use it for absolutely everything because I like to keep things fast and practical. However, these are the things I do clean with baking soda quite regular because store bought products just don’t have the same effectiveness. 

5 Green Home Cleaners that are cheap or free

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GREEN HOME CLEANERS

You know that using toxic chemicals in your home is bad for you and the environment, but it’s hard to find a good green home cleaners alternative.

So many household chemicals are toxic, and some of them have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems. 

I suffer from dermatitis, I have to use gloves whenever I clean, even if it’s just water so imagine what the chemicals do to your skin!

The Problem With Off The Shelf Green Cleaning Brands

However, the problem with most green home cleaners on the market today is that they don’t work. They are either too expensive or ineffective. I know people rave about the Method brand of cleaners and although they all smell amazing, I find they do not clean as well as chemical brands.

The Problem With Household Cleaning Chemicals

Then we worry about the damage to the environment too, plastic waste has been making headlines recently but not a lot of people talk about marine life damage by chemicals. Sure, that bleach cleaned the toilet really well. But what happens to it after the flush? 

Well eventually it ends up in our natural water habitats. 

As part of my role running a cleaning company, it is my job to run risk assessments for the chemicals we use, part of the risk assessment is reading Safety Data Sheets. A safety data sheet looks like this: 

an image of fairy liquid reflecting on why you should switch to grenn cleaners

Now, the part I want you to pay particular attention to is this:

hazard warning to marine life SDS sheet for fairy liquid

The hazard label, this label is on every single chemical we use. Some are worse than others, for example the safety data sheet for bleach is actually terrifying.

But see Warning H412 – Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. This blows my mind, we’re allowed to use these chemicals and just wash them down the drain. 

I read a study, just now, a quick one, by The Foundation For Water Research. The research they have completed demonstrates the risks to aquatic life and even human life after domestic sewage waste has been treated. 

This means that while we’re innocently disposing of household chemicals down the drain and even after the water has been treated, the risk is still there.

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 1 billion pounds of cleaning chemicals are used every year? 

1 billion pounds of chemicals potentially released into the environment. Staggering, and that’s just 1 country. 

Make Your Own Green Home Cleaners

The great news is that you can make your own for pennies! And the even better news is, you don’t need more than a couple of ingredients.

Although you can choose from a vast array of eco green cleaners, like the ones I’ve listed below.

Eco All Purpose Cleaner Number 1

Castile soap –  Castile soap is an effective eco cleaner and it’s widely available, I like to buy it in its liquid format but it is also available in a bar if you prefer, now it is a bit expensive initially but a little goes a long way.  

Just as I’ve explained in other posts about how I use dish soap cleaning sprays, Castile soap works on the same principle. Just add half a teaspoon to a spray bottle full of water and off you go. 

Quick side note on Castile Soap, if you do choose to use the bar, there are certain surfaces you can’t clean with it, any shiny surface will leave a residue and the same goes for polished granite and marble. 

However, hot water and a microfiber towel are effective on these surfaces and will leave them sparkling!.

Eco All Purpose Cleaner Number 2

Sage Spray – Just as the name suggests, Sage Spray is an eco green cleaner (literally) made from whole stems of sage, you can add some essential oils if you don’t like the smell of sage. 

Now, I’m not into measuring cups much, I just don’t have the time. But as a general rule, place 2-3 stems of sage into a spray bottle and fill with warm water. For an even more effective clean, you can add a splash of distilled white vinegar.

Eco All Purpose Cleaner number 3

a picture of lemon juice in a spray bottle to be used as an all purpose cleaner

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Lemon and Vinegar – Using lemon and vinegar combined gives you a powerful green cleaning disinfectant. Both lemon and vinegar have natural disinfecting properties.Use about half a cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of vinegar. This eco cleaner will also tackle grease on cookers and cooker hoods. 

Green Home Cleaner Scrub

Baking soda – Baking soda is talked about so much on the internet, you can use this for just about anything. But I use it for scrubbing and deodorising sink stains and smells. Simply sprinkle some in the sink, and using a damp non-abrasive sponge, scrub those pesky stains away. At the same time you’re deodorising the sink drain so it’s a win win situation.

The Penultimate Green Cleaner 

a tap demonstrating how water is enough to clean with when using microfiber cloths

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And it’s FREE!!! 

Hot water. Yes. Hot water is the ultimate in green home cleaners! I’ve talked about the power of hot water on my microfiber cleaning posts and videos. Sometimes a bit of water is all you need. 

Hot water breaks down solidified dirt, so think, bean juice, tomato ketchup, anything that will become sticky and hard to clean off. Just soak in hot water and wipe away with a good quality microfiber cloth

Hot water works really well on dried on soap scum too. If you think about it, that’s how the soap scum got there in the first place. All we’re doing is reverse engineering the process and wiping the dirt away.

Conclusion

Using green home cleaners is better for your health and it’s also better for the environment. Green cleaning products use natural ingredients like lemon or vinegar to clean away dirt without harming our planet.

Green cleaning products we make at home are more effective, like I’ve demonstrated earlier. All we need to do is reverse the dirt accumulating process and we can clean for FREE!!