DIY: Clean your flat!
For those of you who choose to clean your flat (or the things in your flat), you can make many of your own cleaning products. Most of them simply use combinations of soap, an acid or a base to do the work. (Also, despite the smell of vinegar, it doesn’t actually hang around!) It helps if you have someone in your flat who likes baking, as that means you’ll have most of the ingredients already!
Glass cleaner: Simple mix white vinegar and warm water!
Crème cleaner (i.e. Jif™): Simply make a thin paste of baking soda and water!
Toilet cleaning: Put one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Leave for 15 mins, then scrub.
Floor cleaning: Add a squirt of liquid soap, a cup of vinegar and 10 drops of an essential oil (if you have some – lavender’s pretty dece) into 4 litres of hot water. Then use a mop.
Fridge: If your fridge smells of weeks-old leftovers someone forgot about, simply mix some vanilla extract, half a cup of hot water and 1tsp of baking soda – leave in the fridge for a day.
Scuff marks: Flat inspection coming up? Floor full of scuff marks? Tennis player in the flat? Simply rub a tennis ball over the scuff marks and BAM the dirt is gone.
Washing Machine: Did you know cleaning your washing machine occasionally results in cleaner clothes? Simply run the machine empty on a hot wash, but instead of using washing powder just throw in 2 cups of apple cider vinegar (or some other kind).
Adapted by George Moon
Thanks to Puck, Matt and the team at the UC Sustainability Office who developed the original ‘Eco my Flat’ content.
Check out the great work they do on campus at: http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/
Additionally, thanks to past CANTA contributor Sarah Turnbull for some of the cleaning tips.