You don’t have to buy everything you use in order to clean your home. There are some natural means that you can make yourself easily without using any special detergents or toxic cleaning products.
When it comes to home cleaning and maintenance, everything is important – from the tools and materials you use in order to make your house or apartment clean and fresh again, to the decoration and aromas you use in your home in your daily routine. And if you want to go deeper, you will get sooner or later to your children’s upbringing and teaching them how to go ‘green’.
All of this usually means that even some slight changes in every single aspect of your life will be useful and will help you make your home more environmentally-friendly, practical, comfortable and healthy; to be proud of it and bring your children up in it.
When it comes to dish-washing, the word ‘detergents’ is usually the first thing that comes to our mind. However, you don’t have to focus only on the specialized cleaning products on the market in order to take a proper care of your dishwasher. There are some home-made products that are worth trying, not only because they are as equally efficient as the chemicals sold on the market, but because they will give you the opportunity to take care of your family’s and pets’ health and will surely increase your contribution for taking care of the environment.
Are there any ‘magical’ home-made detergents that you can use in order to clean your dishwasher?
There sure are. Baking soda, lemon, water and vinegar – all of these simple means will help you keep the dishwasher at home sparkling-clean and fresh, and will help you take care of the boring microorganisms and other bacteria. In addition, these substances and products are able not to clean your whole kitchen perfectly, but also deodorize your home and refresh it like nothing before.
If you want to not only clean, but also disinfect your dishwasher from inside, mix equal amounts of hot water and vinegar in a large bowl and then pour the liquid in a spray bottle and shake. You can spray everywhere you can actually reach in order to clean the dishwasher from the inside. Use a soft clean towel or a cotton cloth in order to wipe the water-and-vinegar solution from the sides of the dishwasher.
This home cleaning method is not only completely harmless, but also inexpensive. Remember that it is recommendable to first test the solution in a small part of the dishwasher’s surface in order to check if there won’t be any unwanted circumstances. And the good news is that when dry, the smell of vinegar disappears completely and leaves a feeling of cleanliness and total freshness.
If you mix it with some water, you can get a perfect substitute to some of the abrasive detergents sold on the market. Of course, you need to be careful when using some baking soda on the surfaces inside your dishwasher, because they are gentle and can be easily scratched.
However, if we have to leave this apart, baking soda is pretty efficient when it comes to absorbing some odours. Here is what you can do in order to get rid of some nasty smells in your dishwasher. Just put a small plastic container filled with baking soda somewhere inside the dishwasher when not using it, and you will soon notice that smells will decrease significantly.