When we clean our house we like it to be nice, shiny and neat. Especially, when spring cleaning comes around.
What’s The Cost Of Our Cleaning?
Are we doing more damage with the chemicals we use, than the dirt that they are meant to get rid of?
A lot of people suffer from allergies. I’m one of them. The prettier the flowers get, the worse I feel. Most people don’t realize that using a lot of cleaners in the house are making it worse. We’re breathing in all that junk which attacks our already overworked lungs.
Turn Your Cleaning Green
Do it with Eco-friendly products, natural items and reusable materials.
The three best all natural cleaners to start with you probably already have in your pantry.
Lemon Juice Or Lemons
This citrus juice will have a microwave sparkling and smelling great in less than 20 minutes, no scrubbing required. Put a microwave safe cup that’s 2/3 full with water and a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Microwave 5-7 minutes, or until boiling. Leave it closed for 10 minutes or so,and wipe it out with a rag.
Lemons will also get out most household stains. Just rub it into stained cutting boards, plastic bowls, or counter tops and leave for a while or over night. Rinse it and dry well.
Adding a few teaspoons to your dishwasher will fight grease.
Instead of buying air freshener packets for smelly trash, just pour in some baking soda before putting in the trash bag for an instant and long-lasting odor neutralizer.
Baking soda is also an abrasive cleaner, you can sprinkle some on counter tops, or stove tops with just a little water and rub it out with a rag.
As a booster you can sprinkle it in the dishwasher before starting the cycle. It will get rid of more of the stuck on spots.
Vinegar draws out almost any smell, even that moldy smell that clothes get if you forget to put them in the dryer fast enough (again). Run a complete cycle with 3/4 cup of white vinegar to get the smell out.
Surface cleaner: Mix equal parts vinegar and water and put into a spray bottle. This handy mix does mirrors, windows and porcelain surfaces. Just use lint free fabric or two week old newspapers so your fingers don’t turn black.
Your House Is Full Of Natural Cleaners
Salt added to the above cleaning mixtures will help it be even more effective on tough spots.
Olive oil can be used in place of a product like WD-40 to stop that creaky door.
Ketchup is a great copper cleaner. Just rub onto the surface, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse off. It’s that easy!
Don’t Use Disposable Wipes Or Paper Towels
Instead use cut up old t-shirts or towels as rags.
Old newspapers can be used to clean up spills or wipe away lint.
Reusable dusters are great, and cut down on waste.
If you just love the disposable wipes, make your own: Take the cardboard out of a roll of good paper towels, put them in a large zip top bag with your cleaner of choice. Voila, cleaning wipes that will dissolve easier and clean better that the store bought ones.
Greening up your spring cleaning is just that simple to get started. Look around your house, get creative and use up what you have to get green clean.
What’s your favorite green cleaning tip?