How to use fruit and veg to clean the house – from lemon for shiny surfaces to cucumber for crayon marks

TIKTOK is not just clips of teenagers dancing – you can find a host of handy cleaning hacks there too.

A video of a woman cleaning her bath with grapefruit and sugar went viral recently. She halved the fruit, dusted the cut side with sugar then scrubbed . . . to reveal a sparkling tub.

Cleaning expert and herbalist Pamela Spence says: “It might seem strange in these days of chemical power-cleaners but fruit and veg can make even better disinfectants and lovely sprays, too.”

Pamela shows Yasmin Harisha how to use your fruit and vegetables – with the help of a few other unexpected items – to clean up around the house.

ONIONS: To tackle burn marks on your oven, very gently heat it and rub with the cut side of an onion. You can spear the onion with a fork to reach further into the cooker. The onion contains enzymes that react with oxygen in the air to create an acid that will help dissolve grease and grime.

LEMON: Its citric acid cuts through grease to leave bathroom and kitchen surfaces shining. It is a mild bleach too and you can make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice to scour surfaces.

CUCUMBER: Remove crayon marks from walls by rubbing the skin on them. And try cleaning your bathroom mirror with cucumber juice – it won’t fog up next time you have a shower.

WALNUTS: These make an excellent polish. The oils in the nut bring the wood to a great shine. Simply run the walnut all over your wood, concentrating on any nicks, then buff.

GRAPEFRUIT: It contains citrus acid and is great for cleaning larger surfaces where a lemon would struggle. Just take half a grapefruit and add sugar, which creates a reaction. Run it around the bath before rinsing off. The fresh, clean scent also makes your bathroom smell delicious.

RHUBARB: If your old pans look rusty or dull, leave some rhubarb to simmer in them. Rhubarb contains oxalic acid, which will leach into the water and leave your pans shiny and clean.

BANANA: The inside of banana skin is a great polish, too. Try it on the leaves of house plants. As well as shifting dust, it moisturises the leaves and makes them shine. Use on large, tough leaves from yuccas, orchids and cheese plants.

THYME: A great disinfectant, you can use thyme in any spray bottle to create a multi-purpose anti-bacterial cleaner. Add several sprigs to a bottle, top up with vodka and leave to infuse. Add lemon peel and antibacterial herbs such as rosemary and lavender to create a scent.

LIME: Slice a lime and drop the pieces into a bowl of water that has been mixed with a dash of vinegar. Put the bowl into your microwave and heat for five minutes, then carefully remove it. Germs and grime in the microwave will have been loosened and should wipe away easily, giving you a clean oven.

PEPPERMINT: Deter spiders and other pests with a spray of peppermint – which they hate. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a small spray-cap bottle. Fill to the brim with vodka and shake well before spraying. Avoid wooden surfaces.

POTATO SKIN: Remove rust on old silverware with the humble potato. The oxalic acid in them is a natural alternative to harsh chemicals found in many cleaning products. Use with baking soda to dissolve rust by loosening the hydrated iron oxides.

ORANGE: The peel makes a delicious scented cleaner. Simply add it to a jar of apple cider vinegar, leave for two weeks then strain the liquid into a spray bottle. Use as an all-purpose kitchen spray. The vinegar will help shine your surfaces.

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