Eco sustainable cleaning and maintenance – shower, freezer and floors
House cleaning, though boring, are unfortunately indispensable both for hygiene and maintenance reasons. There are some measures that can facilitate what is considered for most a rather boring task. Know that there are many products on the market that contain substances to avoid as harmful both to the environment and to our health. The advice of the graduate handyman is to always choose natural remedies that are not only effective but are even much cheaper.
Here are some simple tips to clean the shower, the Freezer and the floors.
The first enemy to be defeated inside the shower box is always the limestone: do you remember those halos in the form of water droplets that settle on the surfaces and just do not want to go? The answer of the handyman graduate is only one self-prepared detergent made at home using lemon, white vinegar and bicarbonate and rub this solution on the shower tray with an abrasive sponge. Leave for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Whether your shower cubicle has glass or plastic walls makes no difference. Pour two parts of white vinegar and a part of lukewarm water, use a sprayer and pass the liquid on all the walls of the shower box, helping with a sponge. The plastic parts that line your shower can be affected by soap deposits, which can be eliminated by using a solution made of denatured alcohol, white vinegar, and hot water.
Also the shower head needs a deep cleaning, so immerse it in a solution of hot water and vinegar for about an hour and rinse thoroughly. This procedure should help free the clogged holes. If you have a glass shower cubicle, to disinfect well you should help yourself with a sponge and a soft bristled brush and a solution of white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. However, the best solution would be to use a steam mop.
In short, remember that what matters most is prevention, for this reason, the advice of the graduate handyman is to always dry immediately using a cloth the droplets of water that are deposited so you avoid the formation of limestone and halos.
The cleaning of the freezer is an essential and important operation to be carried out, both for the correct freezing of food and also for a hygienic issue and must be defrosted and cleaned at least once a year. Here are some precious and simple tips of the graduate handyman to clean the freezer in a completely natural way.
First of all, you have to empty the freezer from everything that contains then you can proceed to defrost the freezer. Once the food has been removed, unplug it and melt all the ice, unless your freezer is equipped with the auto-defrost system. To speed up the defrosting operation, you can help yourself with a plastic spatula, or the hot blow-dryer blow to speed up the melting process.
Once the ice has melted, you can dry the excess water (put rags on the floor to avoid wetting the whole floor) and start cleaning all the inside walls with the aid of a soft cloth soaked in a solution created with white vinegar, bicarbonate and warm water.
When you have finished cleaning it will be important to rinse the freezer immediately with water and dry carefully with a clean and dry cloth to avoid mold growth.
Leave the freezer to air for at least a couple of hours then you can re-plug the power plug, wait an hour to reposition the food.
Vinegar is an excellent anti-scale, a good detergent, a disinfectant and above all a fantastic natural de-greaser. You can use it to clean the floors of the house mixed with water with a few drops of lemon. Or you can try this mixture that according to the graduate handyman is really portentous: four tablespoons of alcohol, a drop of detergent for dishes, fifteen drops of fragrant oil and finally four tablespoons of apple vinegar. This solution in addition to not pollute cleans thoroughly, smells and de-greases. Attention because it is only suitable for those with tile floors. Absolutely not to be used for parquet or marble.
Marble and granite
If your marble and granite floor seems a bit ‘off or deteriorated, create for him a kind of mask with plaster and wet it with a little’ water to create a “cream” liquid enough to be passed on the floors. Leave it to rest for half an hour, and then dust the marble to remove excess chalk. Finally wash away everything with Marseilles soap and rinse.
Ceramic and terracotta floor
Ceramics and terracotta are the most difficult floors to clean due to their particular porosity. For this reason, a slightly more aggressive natural detergent is needed. Pour into a bucket three liters of hot water almost boiling, a quarter of a glass of white vinegar, five tablespoons of alcohol, some flakes of Marseilles soap and if the smell is not to your liking you can add a few drops of essential oil.
Note that before treating a delicate surface, it is strongly advised to first make a test on a small portion and possibly not in sight.