Cleaning without extra chemicals

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With cooking comes mess that requires cleaning up. Cleaning up doesn’t have to mean chemicals and extra products. We made a little mess when we made pizza sauce and buckwheat pizzas on the hob and bench. Don’t you love my sexy pink bench? I can’t wait till we redo the kitchen and i get wooden ones!   

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So instead of reaching for a cleaning product I simply wait until I’ve got a sink load of dishes and then use the hot soapy water and a cloth to clean away the mess. So easy and the hot water and dishwashing liquid just cuts through grease and mess. Once clean I give it another wipe over with the cloth and just hot water. All done.  

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Look all shiny and new and no mess or extra products used. Saving you time and money! Double like.

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Couldn’t be easier. There is no need to buy all those expensive chemical heavy sprays when hot soapy water is such a fantastic cleaner. I think it often gets over looked. So what do you use to clean your benches and oven top?

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9 thoughts on “Cleaning without extra chemicals

  1. November 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    microfibre cloths and elbow grease.

    1. November 16, 2013 at 2:03 am

      I have a few of those too. They are great especially for glass. Mx

  2. November 13, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I do exactly the same as you. Letting the icky bits soak for a while works better than any product I’ve ever bought.

    1. November 16, 2013 at 2:03 am

      I love soaking! Does all the hard work for you! Mx

  3. November 28, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Hi Madeleine,

    I have been a blog-stalker for a while now (hence the sudden appearance on Instagram), I should just join, huh!!!!

    Anyway – I make my own Citrus Cleaner for the kitchen and bathroom, it doesn’t do heavy-duty cleaning, but it is great for those wipe down and clean out moments, and the citrus leaves such a yummy smell… it is seriously just white vinegar and either orange or lemon rinds; if you’re interested you can find the link to the original post on my blog here:
    http://www.tofindasilverlining.co.nz/2013/09/two-things.html

    Enjoy reading your blog!

  4. December 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    And when it all gets really vile then a spot of vinegar and bicarb!

  5. December 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how truly simple things do the job as good as or better than the high priced products? What could be easier!

    I’m visiting all the blogs I follow because I’m very excited about my homesteading book being published! I want to tell the whole world! If you have a chance, please do stop by my blog to help me celebrate. 🙂

  6. farmer_liz
    December 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    So true M. I also find that vinegar is good for glass and stainless steel. My husband was slow to convert, so I made citrus vinegar by soaking lemon peels in white vinegar, smells like orange power, so he’s happy to use it now. He actually cleans more than I do!

    1. December 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Fantastic you married a good one there!!! I love vinegar for glass does an amazing job! I always out it in the dishwasher to get nice clean glasses. Mx

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