The naked chef taught us a simpler way to cook, well this blog is about a much simpler way to clean. No chemicals, no great expense and no effort. Let’s start with the media and advertising hype about cleaning and germs. Germs are personified as green spikey little monsters who run round you toilet bowl as if they lurk there and will bite you. They won’t! There are few germs in our bathrooms that will harm us. They will stink a bit like a French public urinal after a few weeks, but even my only cleaned once a fortnight bathroom never smells too bad, so there really can’t be too many germs. I get the odd bit of mould where water gets trapped but if I wasn’t such a wanton sloven and wiped the bath/shower with a towel when I used it, then it wouldn’t get mould at all.
Above is said mould. Not enough to kill me. I don’t live in the damp and mould so the ‘spores’ won’t kill me either. They would take weeks to start smelling so I don’t clean the bathroom more than once a fortnight or if mum is coming round and I can assure you, there’s no pong hence no real ‘germs’ to worry about. All I used to clean the bathroom and kitchen is: bicarbonate of soda, my homemade soap and some vinegar. Any will do, I just happened to have malt. There is the faintest whiff of chip shop for the few minutes that I use it, then it’s gone.
So I get out of the shower, eh hem…………you get the image! Whilst the bathroom is still warm and steamy, it’s easier to clean, so that’s when I do it! I sprinkle bicarb over the bath, sink and shower screen, get Radio Cornwall on and have a good scrub round. I then give everything a rinse with the shower and I’m almost done.
I then take a damp cloth, the remnants of an ancient towel and splash it with vinegar and clean the window, the shower screen and the taps. It get any greasy residue off and makes it shiny, for a while.
Below is a luxurious assortment of my homemade soap, no rough edges once you’ve used it a couple of times.
Below is my grated and blitzed homemade soap with cleaning soda, it washes our clothes and all hard surfaces. I fill put as little water in the bucket to clean the floor as I can get away with and give the floor a mop.
After the floor has been washed, I don’t waste the hot soapy water but use it to give the loo a good scrub out. It’s amazing what a good job just hot soapy water will do. No harsh chemicals needed at all.