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Handy recipes for better cleaning results around the home

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The Electrolux Inspiro EOC35000X oven has a self-cleaning function that reduces to ash any organic food left in the oven after cooking. The ash is then easily cleaned from the oven.The Flexio II wet and dry vacuum has a blower function that can be used to help clear stubborn drain blockages.

Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and salt are just some of the natural cleaners one can use to substitute for chemical solutions, which can be toxic over time. There are materials or stubborn stains, however, that no one ingredient can effectively clean.

That doesn’t mean you’ll have to run out to the shop for a commercial cleaner, however, as the answer may be as simple as combining several different natural ingredients to make your own industrial-strength, all-natural cleanser. Here are some common solutions.

Oven Cleaner

The oven is one of the most beloved cooking appliances in the kitchen. Over time, however, one might find the oven severely tarnished by years of loving use. Residue build up from particles, spills and fallen bits of food can not only dirty the oven, but leave rancid smells that spoil all future culinary efforts.

To combat these stains, mix baking soda with lemon juice in a bowl until you get a paste, then smear it over the surfaces you wish to clean. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so before wiping it off with a damp rag.

If mixing up ingredients and scrubbing is not your thing, try the Electrolux EOC35000X, which features Pyrolytic cleaning. This allows the oven to clean itself using high heat, turning any organic leftovers into ash for easy cleaning and removal.

Pyrolytic cleaning

The Electrolux Inspiro EOC35000X oven has a self-cleaning function that reduces to ash any organic food left in the oven after cooking. The ash is then easily cleaned from the oven.

Drain Cleaner

Is your drain clogged or unable to siphon away water as quickly as it used to? Instead of using caustic drain cleaner, which can burn skin, try this much safer natural alternative.

Pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 2 cups of hot boiling water. This should dissolve and loosen some of the sludge and gunk in the pipe. After a few minutes, pour another cup of baking soda down the drain, then a 1 cup of white vinegar. This combination reacts to form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate, forming bubbles that scrub the inside of the drain. Add more hot boiling water down the drain afterwards for a final rinse.

If a bit more of a push is needed, try using the blower function on a wet and dry vacuum cleaner like the Flexio II. Position the mouth of the tube over the mouth of the drain as far down as it’ll go, and turn on the blower function to blow off the remaining blockages.

Flexio II

The Flexio II wet and dry vacuum has a blower function that can be used to help clear stubborn drain blockages.

Silverware cleaners

Do you have silverware that needs to be cleaned and polished? Try lining the sink or bucket with aluminum foil. Drop in the silver to be cleaned. Pour boiling water over the silverware, add a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt. Let it soak for a few minutes, and the tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil.

If you prefer to do it by hand, rub the silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth, or mix three parts baking soda to one part water for the same result.

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