Cleaning Your Home With a Green Thumb

Cleaning Your Home With a Green Thumb

April 2013

by erika l.

Some commercial products are not only costly but also contribute to environmental pollution and health hazards (allergies, asthma, etc.) due to the fact that most in-home cleaning supplies are chemical-based. Homemade cleaning products are a better option as they are inexpensive and use natural products that are safe and not as harsh.

 

Here is a list of natural cleaning products that you can make at home!

Baking-Soda

 

GENERAL DISINFECTANT:  Mix 2 cups of water, a few drops of natural soap and 10-15 drops of lavender oil. You can spray this on all surfaces except for glass surfaces, as the oil may cause streaks.

 

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER:  Mix club soda, 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. It can be used on all surfaces including glass surfaces.

 

DRAIN CLEANER:  Mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda and pour it down the sink. However, it will not work for full clogs.

 

TOILET CLEANER:  Mix vinegar, lemon juice and sprinkle some baking soda. Leave it to sit for about 10 minutes. Scrub with the toilet brush. This can also be used to clean sinks.

 

DISHWASHER SOAP:  Mix equal quantities of borax and washing soda. If your water is hard, you will need to add extra washing soda.

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IDEAS FOR AIRFRESHENERS:

• Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odours
• Prevent cooking odours by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp per 1 cup of water) on the stove while cooking

• Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter
• Grind up a slice of lemon and house it in the garbage disposal so eliminate old odours
• Fresh flowers are a classic and great way to keep your home smelling fresh

 white-vinegar

 

CARPET STAINS:  Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray directly on the stain. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, scrub it using a sponge or brush with warm soapy water.

 

 

WOODEN FLOOR CLEANER:  Mix ¼cup of white vinegar in 3-4 cups of warm water. Put it in a spray bottle, spray it on a cotton cloth or towel until slightly damp and mop your floors until all the dirt is gone.

 

 

FABRIC SOFTENER: Mix ½ cup of white vinegar to a rinse cycle.

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