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Friday, November 21, 2014


Domestic life, you can’t escape it. There are always pots to wash, floors to clean, carpets to vacuum, dust to wipe away. Nobody in their right mind likes the idea of living in an untidy, unclean and uncomfortable home, which means, despite it being a bit of a chore, we have to roll up our sleeves and get cleaning.

Now, cleaning is not only a nuisance, but it can be costly and there is always something peculiar about just how many chemicals it takes to do all sorts of jobs. Surely there has to be a more natural way of cleaning our pads?

Well, there really is. Thanks to the internet and its ability to spread an idea rather swiftly, the world, it appears, is going crazy for ‘food-inspired’ cleaning. While that sounds rather peculiar, if not absurd, you’d be surprised to learn that there’s a lot you can do with all sorts of goodies.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the journalist Amanda Cable decided to explore this new fad, putting ‘edible cleaners’ to the test. It was, to say the least, quite an enlightening experience.

Okay, so first thing she tested was grapefruits ability to get rid of grease. First you chop it in half and dip the fresh end in salt, after which you can scrub to your heart’s content. The fruit contains furocoumarins, which are said to attack bacteria. Ms Cable’s verdict is that it is a resounding success!

The next thing she tests is using white bread to dust paintings. This type of bread is exceptionally absorbent soaks up dust and dirt with no effort and what’s more, because it leaves no residue, you can be confident that no residue will be left. Again, she finds that this is very effective.

The third thing she tests out is onions, which are thought to leave windows looking dazzling. Chopped into four pieces and soaked in warm water for at least 30 minutes, Ms Cable gets to work.

Advocates say that organosulfur, which is found in onions, acts as a disinfectant. That may be the case, but the journalist finds that her windows are smeared with onion residue and the “stench is unbearable”.

Another thing she gives a go is ketchup. The condiment is rumoured to give pans a shiny new finish. Rub a modest amount on copper and stainless steel pans, leave for 30 minutes and wipe away.

Science says acetic acid in ketchup will react with the tarnish. The verdict? Amazing! Ms Cable finds that the ketchup has her pots and pans looking like they have just been purchased.

This fascinating article finds, for the most part, that there is real merit in ‘edible cleaners’. You save money, look after the planet and cut down on the number of chemicals in your home. What’s not to love?

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