An amazing DIY recipe for a granite cleaner you can try out today!

Natural stones like granite are a little tricky to clean since, unfortunately, you cannot use an all-purpose cleaner on them. It will damage the stone which is definitely something you do not want to do, right?

The countertops in my home are indeed made from natural granite which is why I have been searching for a DIY recipe for a cleaner over the past couple of months and finally, I found one that is worth trying!

The ingredients are all-natural which I am certain you can already find in your home – this is why I like this recipe so much! It’s easy, safe to use on granite, and will save you money.

Here are the ingredients you need!

Prepare yourself – you need four ingredients: rubbing alcohol, castile soap, water, and your favourite essential oil!

Doesn’t it sound great? All of those ingredients you have in your home, and even if you don’t – they are inexpensive and you can easily find them in the store!

You would also need a spray bottle! Now, mix all of the ingredients in the bottle – 1/4 cup of the rubbing alcohol, 2 cups of water, a tablespoon of the castile soap, and around 10 drops of any essential oil. You can also add more than one essential oil – I usually use lemon and orange (5 drops from each).

How to use? Spray directly on the granite, grab a microfiber cloth, and wipe the surface – and just like that, your countertops are spotless!

Want a clean shower? Follow these steps!

Having a clean shower is very important for the hygiene of your home. Are you wondering what is the easiest way to clean it without wasting too much time? Well, I am about to spill all of my secrets!

A general shower cleaning

Before I tell you how I clean my shower I need to get a few things out of the way. One of the easiest ways you can avoid soap scum and hard water stains is to simply dry your shower after every use. This has really helped me with general cleaning.

Now, once I have decided it is time to deep clean the shower here is what I usually do:

I fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and dish soap (equal parts of them!).

Then I spray the shower walls with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Once the time has passed I wipe and scrub the shower walls with a sponge.

If any parts of the shower are really dirty I sprinkle some baking soda on the sponge and then I scrub the area with it.

Once I am done I rinse the shower with the showerhead so that the vinegar, soap, and baking soda are completely removed.

How I clean the shower fixtures?

As I previously mentioned I wipe the shower after every use. I pay extra attention to shower fixtures since they are the ones that accumulate hard water stains the easiest.

This is why I don’t need to do much when I am deep cleaning the shower. I usually grab a cloth and a glass cleaner which are enough to get the job done.

But if your fixtures aren’t that clean and you need to get rid of all types of stains then I recommend you mix vinegar and water in a bowl. Dip a cloth in the solution and start wiping all the shower fixtures with it. Once you are done – rinse everything and dry it with a clean towel.

How to deal with rust stains?

If you have rust stains anywhere in your shower then I have a simple solution for you – lemon juice!

Just pour some fresh lemon juice on the affected area and sprinkle salt on it. Let that sit for a few hours then grab a cloth, scrub the area, and rinse.

A recipe for the best DIY toilet bowl cleaner

There are so many DIY cleaning recipes out there. I am a huge fan of the DIY all-purpose cleaners and I swear by them. Not only do I save a ton of money when I don’t buy the commercial ones but I am also aware of the ingredients. Some commercial cleaners are very harsh and contain ingredients that are toxic. I definitely do not want to use such things so I decided the best option out there is to DIY them and use natural ingredients.

But the all-purpose cleaner is not the only thing I DIY. I have an amazing recipe for a toilet bowl cleaner which you definitely should try out.

It removes stains, bad odors, and even germs. Don’t think that you can pour the mixture in the toilet bowl and it will magically do everything for you. Of course, you still need to use your toilet brush and scrub a little, however, it loosens the stains and makes the cleaning process a lot easier.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Disinfecting Essential Oil (for example, tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)
  • White Vinegar
  • Citric Acid (powdered)

Grab a glass mixing bowl and pour two cups of baking soda in it then add 1/2 cup citric acid.

Then add the essential oil – a couple of drops. Stir well with a wooden spoon after every drop so that you can manage to mix everything.

Pour the mixture in a glass jar.

What about the vinegar?

Yes, vinegar was one of the ingredients, however, you shouldn’t add it straight into the mixture you just made. You need to store it into a separate jar and add it directly to the toilet bowl when it’s time to clean it.

Here are some homemade carpet cleaner recipes

Maintaining your carpet clean can be challenging but what if I told you that I have the perfect recipes for a cleaner that you can make at home using natural ingredients. That’s right – you will save money because we all know how expensive commercial cleaning solutions can get plus you will know for sure that there are no toxic and harsh chemicals in your cleaner. Are you ready?

You need four things

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide

If there is an old stain on your carpet that is annoying you then you want to mix both the white vinegar and the baking soda in order to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the affected area with an old toothbrush or a soft brush. Make sure you let the paste dry completely before you vacuum up the baking soda.

If the stain is really stubborn then you should use hydrogen peroxide. Apply it on the stain and leave it on for a while. Then, of course, make sure you don’t forget to bad the stain with a damp cloth to remove the residue.

Do you have a steam cleaner?

As you know this is a great way to deep clean your carpet. Many cleaning companies like Carpet Cleaning Liverpool apply this cleaning method because it is proven to be very efficient. The steam is able to penetrate deep into the carpet and lift off any impurity that is stuck.

I have a trick for you – fill your clean cleaning machine with warm water and white vinegar.

Clean your bathroom effortlessly: the guide

Cleaning your bathroom can be time-consuming and pretty unpleasant. There are some very useful hacks for cleaning and disinfecting it that won’t waste your time.

– Stop your mirrors from getting foggy

All you need is shaving foam. Apply it to the mirror then remove it with kitchen paper. This hack will stop your mirrors from fogging when you are showering.

– Clean your windows and leave them shiny

Make a mixture of vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol. You can use this to clean windows, and mirrors while you leave them shiny.

– Clean your toilet

You need two ingredients – baking soda and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the toilet (equal parts of the baking soda and vinegar), and grab the toiler brush to wipe.

– Make your shower head sparkle again

So as time passes by your shower head is going to start getting dirty covered in limescale. You can clean it by removing it and putting it in a bowl that is full of vinegar and baking soda. This will both clean the showerhead as well as leave it sparkling.

– Make your taps sparkle again

Rub the taps with lemon, leave for a couple of minutes, then rinse. Another hack I have is to pour some baking soda on a toothbrush and scrub the taps.

– Clean the bath

Make a mixture of grapefruit and salt, then use it to scrub your bath with it. When done, rinse it with water.

Why are truffles so expensive?


We all know that truffles are expensive. Everything on a menu that includes truffles like pasta is pricey. But why are they so expensive?

Let me start by explaining what truffles are exactly. They are extremely rare and very hard to find fungi. Yes, fungi are kind of like mushrooms but there is a small difference – mushrooms grow outside of the ground and truffles grow underground which makes them very hard to find.

There are different truffle species

  • Winter White
  • Winter black
  • Muscat Black
  • Musky Black
  • Himalayan Black
  • Chinese Black
  • Autumn Black
  • Summer Black
  • White truffles

Of course, there are more but not all of them taste good and some of them don’t have a taste at all.

The reason they are expensive

The first reason why truffles are so expensive is that they can’t be planted or farmed. They are wild and they prefer to grow in places where there’s moisture on warm days and nights that are cool. They also grow on trees like oak, pine, hazel trees.

Some of the most popular places for truffles are the Italian and the French countryside. Of course, some grow in Australia or the Pacific Northwest.

They grow very slow (four to six years for some types) and don’t last long when they are out of the ground.

The hardest step is finding them. The people that are searching for truffles use animals with great senses to help them find them. Some rely on swine which is very risky since the animal might eat the truffle.

Some train dogs as well. Once the ‘‘hunters’’ find the truffle, they carefully dig the truffles up.

So to answer your question on why truffles are so expensive – the whole process of finding them is very hard, long, and they are very rare.

The most expensive truffle is the white one – they are the rarest, have a short season, and they can’t be frozen. They are around $3,600 for a pound.

How to clean and sanitize kitchen tools and utensils

Cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen tools and utensils are quite important for your health. It prevents all the germs and bacteria from spreading – something you don’t want to happen in the environment you cook in. Cleaning and sanitizing are two different things though.

Cleaning

Cleaning removes dirt from your kitchen tools and utensils. It removes the things you can see. Right after you use your kitchen tools you wash them by scraping any food debris. Then using a clean sponge or a brush you scrub each item using dish soap. Then you rinse the detergent and you let them air dry.

Sanitizing

Sanitizing is quite different from cleaning. By sanitizing your tools you remove things you can’t see like bacteria and germs. It is known that some germs cause illness like Salmonella, Norovirus and many more so it’s quite healthy to sanitize your kitchen.

How?

Well, quite easy. You spray the surface with a sanitizer of your choice. You leave it on for some time so it can kill the bacteria and germs. Then you allow it to air dry or you clean it with a paper towel.

There are some household products you can use as a sanitizer – chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or white distilled vinegar.

Chlorine Bleach

It’s very effective. You only need a small amount – 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach to 1 quart of water. Don’t buy a fragranced one. Also, buy what you will use within 3 months, as it breaks down with time.

The water used in the mixture needs to be at room temperature –hot water will make the chlorine dissipate. Leave it on for about a minute. Then allow it to air dry or dry it off with a clean paper towel.

Hydrogen Peroxide/ White Distilled Vinegar

  1. Heat ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to 150° F. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and immediately spray the desired surfaces with it. Leave for 1 minute and wipe with a clean paper towel. This method does a great job at removing Listeria monocytogenes, E-coli and Salmonella.
  2. Use ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide or white distilled vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle. It should be room temperature. Spray the surface you will sanitize and leave it for 10 minutes before wiping it with a clean paper towel. This removes mainly E-coli and Salmonella.

Do not mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together.

Regardless of how you decide to sanitize your kitchen tools and utensils, you need to clean them first otherwise the sanitization won’t be effective.

Provided by: Carpet Cleaning Manchester