Staying Clean While Going Green

Mon, May 18, 2015 at 10:10AM

You may have already jumped onto the green, eco-friendly bandwagon—but have you made the switch over to green cleaning supplies as well? Natural alternatives to your everyday supplies are good for more than their obvious help to the environment… they can be better for you, more effective and cheaper as well! Keep reading today’s blog to find our best natural cleaning solutions.

We’ll show you the household issue or mess, then follow it with our natural way to take care of it.

Mold and mildew: Apply full-strength lemon juice or white vinegar and scrub away!

Oily spots: We’re all familiar with the dreaded spots vehicle oil can leave on freshly-cleaned garage floors. You can use baking soda to scrub these stains away.

Rust: Maybe you live in an older home with rusty sink hardware, or you’re experiencing problems related to rust buildup on pipes, playground surfaces or other household items. You can take care of this buildup by sprinkling on a little bit of salt, then applying lime juice until the area is soaked. After two to three hours, you can scrub away the solution with a sponge or, if you really want to conserve materials, your lime’s leftover rind.

Toilet bowl: A messy, neglected toilet bowl is one of the most dreaded bathroom messes… and one of the most unpleasant to clean up! The ammonia in your store-bought toilet bowl cleaner can be a major irritant to skin, and the smell of it can cause headaches. For a more natural alternative, try mixing ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar… apply, let it sit and then scrub away like you would a regular toilet bowl cleaner. You’ll see all of the benefits of a strong bowl cleaner without the nasty aftereffects.

Dirty windows: Are your windows streaky and covered in fingerprints? Take care of this common household problem by mixing 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter of warm water (too much vinegar can build up and cloud your windows, so be careful not to overdo it!). Use a clean cotton towel to apply to windows. Make sure not to do this when the sun is directly on the window or else you might see streaks reappear upon finishing.

Odors: If there’s an area of your home that you find gets smelly very easily, you can use baking soda in these areas as a preventative measure. Before vacuuming your carpets, sprinkle baking soda on them for a fresh scent that will stick around.

Streaky furniture: For streaky furniture covered in grime or fingerprints, there’s a simple alternative to orange-scented cleaner. Mix a ½ cup of water with a few drops of lemon juice in place of store-bought cleaner and that should do the trick.

Miscellaneous messes: Are you in serious need of a strong all-purpose cleaner that’s easy on the senses? Mix a ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of backing soda into a ½ gallon of water. This solution can take care of water deposit stains and other small, sticky spots as you find them.


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