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How To Clean A Brick Fireplace

Summer is the perfect time to give the bricks on your fireplace a clean. It’s great to get this job completed so you can enjoy your clean fireplace over Christmas and it will be ready and waiting for a crackling fire when the cool weather inevitably makes it’s presence felt in a few months time.

This method is environmentally friendly, simple and effective.

1. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray onto the bricks.

2. Scrub bricks with a stiff brush

3. Wipe off with a cloth soaked in white vinegar.


Clean Your Timber Chopping Board/Block

Cleaning your timber chopping board has never been easier or greener! Here’s another fab way to use lemons 🙂



1/2  a lemon

Sprinkle your chopping board with salt and rub the salt into the board with 1/2 a lemon. The salt acts as an abrasive and the lemon cuts through grease. Rinse with cold water and dry immediately.

Vintage Kitchenware - Oh Yeah! Image Courtesy of www.cherrymenlove.com

Essential Ingredients For Natural Cleaning

Basic ingredients for the fight against grime, climate change and a dirge of domestic disasters!

Indonesia – Image Courtesy of Greenpeace

If you’ve been following my natural cleaning tips, you may have noticed that there are a few ingredients which keep popping up. So I decided to make a shopping list of all the basic ingredients you need so you can get back to basics in your home and feel the lerv of simplicity, purity and more dollars in your purse. All the while making a small but significant contribution to saving the planet!

Have these simple ingredients at the ready for all your general cleaning needs and the occasional disaster.

Think globally – act locally! ( I love that line!)

Clean and Green Essentials

  • White vinegar – A mildly acidic cleaner. Go for basic white vinegar at the super market. Don’t be fooled by “Cleaning Vinegar” in with the household cleaners. It’s twice the price and exactly the same thing!
  • Bicarb Soda – Slightly salty and alkaline compound used in cooking and cleaning. Mildly abrasive, it can make great cleaning pastes when used with other ingredients. Do Not use on aluminium surfaces.
  • Borax – A salt used as a component in detergents and numerous other uses. Easily dissolved addition to cleaning pastes. Also can be made into an insecticide for ants, cockroaches and fleas.
  • Table Salt – A great abrasive for stubborn grime. Can be used with a combination of other ingredients or with lemon juice and a toothbrush for areas such as moldy grout in the shower etc.
  • Lemon Juice – Awesome naturally occurring mild acid. Great addition to cleansing pastes, can remove lime scale from taps and sinks – and smells delicious! It can help to neutralise the smell of vinegar.
  • Plant-Based Dishwash Liquid – Should NOT contain toxic petrochemicals, phosphates, nitrates, EDTA, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic dyes or perfumes. Much safer for you, your family and the planet!
  • Eucalyptus Oil – Fabulously versatile oil used for removing stains and grease marks, added to the wash to clean heavily soiled clothes, added to the wash for woollens, removing chewing gum (even from clothes and carpets!), removing tar from motor cars, and a wonderful inhalant in an oil burner or a couple of drops on your pillow if you are suffering from a cold. Smells amazing!
  • Tea Tree Oil – Wonderful natural disinfectant. Use full strength to assist in the management of scratches, minor cuts, minor wounds, minor skin infections, insect bites, stings, acne, pimples, ringworm and fungal infections. Use diluted 1:10 with boiled water to disinfect areas around the home. Smells great too.

Crystal Clear Shower Screens

Eliminate nasty chemical cleansers and save a fortune in cleaning products with this simple cleaning method for shower screens!

1. Rub the dry glass over with a dry nylon scouring pad to remove soap scum.

2. Wipe over with a soft cloth dipped in white vinegar.

3. Put feet up and sip celebratory cocktail with little umbrella.

It doesn’t get much simpler than this!


Lemon Fresh – Fresh And Shiny Refrigerator – Part 2

Yesterday I had a great suggestion in a comment from Cari – an awesome Montessori teacher you can check out on her Montessori Blog.

I just had to share this one so no one would miss it.

Cari suggested cutting a lemon in half and scooping out the flesh. Then filling the lemon half with bicarb soda. Pop that little baby into the back of one of your fridge shelves and not only does the fridge stay fresh but smells gorgeously citrusy!

Top Tip Cari – thanks so much!

If anyone else has a great tip they would like to share or a comment they’d like to make, please do so! I’d love to hear from you!

Megs 🙂

Lisbon Lemons (Photo: Marco del Grande)

Stove Top Tip

Clean and Green Stove Tops!

To clean grimy stove tops, make a paste of:

1/4 cup bicarb soda

squirt of eco-friendly dish-washing liquid

warm water – enough to make the ingredients into a paste

Use a wet sponge or wet nylon scourer (I use hot water) to rub paste onto the stove top. Wipe off with a damp cloth.

I find this mix works like a charm and use it every day to clean my stove top.

Love My Western Holly Stove!