Here are some “Green Cleaning” tips from posts I’ve written:
You can seriously make non-toxic versions of all your cleaning products with these simple ingredients:
- baking soda
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- plain old soap
- tea tree oil
- hydrogen peroxide
Here’s a recipe for an household all-purpose cleaner using Borax.
Here are ideas for how to mix and use the above in different rooms of your house:
Bathrooms (and Kitchens)
Baking Soda and Water: Dust surfaces with baking soda, then scrub with a moist sponge or cloth. If you have tougher grime, sprinkle on some kosher salt, and work up some elbow grease.
Lemon Juice or Vinegar: For stains, mildew or grease streaks spray or douse with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.
Disinfectant: Instead of bleach, make your own disinfectant by mixing 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. It’s easy!
Baking Soda and Water: Reclaim counters by sprinkling with baking soda, then scrubbing with a damp cloth or sponge. If you have stains, knead the baking soda and water into a paste and let set for a while before you remove. This method also works great for stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, refrigerators, oven tops and more.
Natural Disinfectant: To knock out germs without strong products, mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray or rub on countertops and other kitchen surfaces.
Windows and Mirrors
Instead of those harsh-smelling sprays, try this highly effective, simple solution for windows and mirrors:
White Vinegar, Water and Newspaper: Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking. If you’re out of vinegar or don’t like its smell, you can substitute undiluted lemon juice or club soda.
Beat Those Rugs: Take any removable rugs outside and beat the dust and hair out with a broom.
Club Soda: For stains, lift off any solids, then liberally pour on club soda. Blot with an old rag.
Cornmeal: For big spills, dump cornmeal on the mess, wait 5 to 15 minutes, and vacuum up the gunk.
To Deodorize: Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet or rug, using about 1 cup per medium-sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Vinegar: To restore natural glow mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water. Put in a recycled spray bottle, then spray on a cotton rag or towel until lightly damp. Then mop your floors, scrubbing away any grime.
Conventional oven cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxic ingredients, including ethers, ethylene glycol, lye (sodium and potassium hydroxide), methylene chloride and petroleum distillates. The products are harmful to skin and eyes, and the fumes are unhealthy.
Baking Soda and Water: Coat the inside of your dirty appliance with a paste made from water and baking soda. Let stand overnight. Then, don gloves and scour off that grime. Make spotless with a moist cloth.
Baking Soda and Boiling Water: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the problem drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. If that isn’t doing it for you, chase the baking soda with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the vigorous fizzing of the chemical reaction to break up the gunk. Then flush that with one gallon of boiling water.
Sunlight: (Don’t do this too often with fragile pieces, because they can start to break down). Simply lay your old lace, curtains and other fine linens on the grass in the sun for a few hours. Dirtier pieces can be dampened first.
Boiling: Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil on your stovetop. Drop in linens and let steep until stains lift.
Detergent and Borax: Mix dishwasher detergent and borax together until you get a thick rubbing paste. Rub into soiled linens, then rinse clean.
Peroxide: If you have stubborn stains, try spraying them with peroxide, then rinsing with water.
Or check out Lita’s Stain Spray Recipe.
Aluminum Foil, Boiling Water, Baking Soda and Salt: Line your sink or a bucket with aluminum foil and drop in tarnished silver. Pour in boiling water, a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt. Let sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil.
Toothpaste: If you can’t immerse your items or are otherwise inclined to polish by hand, rub tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth. Rinse with warm water and dry. Instead of toothpaste you can substitute a concoction made of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.
Ketchup: To keep your copper pots, pans and accents looking bright and shiny, try rubbing with ketchup.
Other recipes available at these websites:
My all-time favorite cleaning product is good ol’ baking soda!!
Truly, this stuff is amazing. Click the following link, then pick a room and learn about all the cleaning and deodorizing this simple product can help you with Cleaning with Baking Soda.
You can even add it your shampoo and it will help remove buildup and improve the manageability of your hair. For other solutions click this link Baking soda for you hair.
Also, from The Daily Green here’s some more great information on “Green Cleaning”
If you’re not interested in mixing your own recipes, relax, there are earth-friendly and non-toxic options available in almost any store. Brands like Method, Seventh Generation, Ecover and Earth Friendly Products to name a few.
|Here are a few of my personal favorites:|
|I’m addicted to this stuff. It has so many uses. From adding it to laundry, cleaning cookware, to even removing carpet stains and so much more. Available at almost any store: Safeway, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.|
|I, personally, love any cleaning product, like this dish soap, with a natural citrus scent – it’s my weakness. This product I purchased at Target.|
|I use this spray for wiping down the counters, kitchen sink, stove, etc. Again, notice the citrus scent. Again, I purchased this product at Target.|
|Oh, and I love lavender scent too like in this laundry soap – it’s just heavenly. I also love that the containers for these products are recyclable. Again I purchased this at Target.|
|Here are two of my favorites from Melaleuca.com:|
|Use this on any non-porous surface to clean, reduce odor and bacteria.|
|Ecosense Tub & Tile – that pretty much covers what it cleans.|
Have any other products or recipes you tried and love – Please SHARE!
Be Happy, Be Green,