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Did you know it is possible to have a “clean and green” kitchen?

One of the things I disliked about cleaning the kitchen and the bathroom is having to use strong, toxic chemicals and cleaners to get the job done.  But no more harsh chemicals for me!  Green cleaning is the way to go!  It not only healthier for my family, but for also for the environment.  Chhosing to make my own natural cleaning products from ingredients I have at home also saves me money.  

Try these green cleaning tips: 

Club Soda is a great cleaner for stainless steel sinks. Pour some on a cloth and wipe.  The club soda will remove stains created by food and soap scum.

Vinegar is mildly acidic so it works very well to clean grease, soap scum, mineral deposits, mildew and coffee stains.  Vinegar is also a great glass cleaner.  Use with old newspaper to get that spotless clean on glass doors and windows.

Toothpaste is a great cleaner for chrome because it removes rust and mineral build up. Use only plain toothpaste with no added whiteners or tarter control agents. Old toothbrushes with toothpaste on them work great when trying to get around shower heads and drains.

Lemon juice has antibacterial qualities as well as a fresh and invigorating smell. Lemons can be used to clean soap scum and hard water deposits and are also great to clean and shine copper and brass. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, sinks and stains on counters.  Mixing 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice makes a great furniture polish for your hardwood furniture.
Don’t forget to recycle your lemon peels and orange peels by putting them down your garbage disposal.  It freshens the drain much better than the very expensive gel tablets sold for the same purpose.

Baking soda can be used in place of abrasive cleansers. It also works as a great deodorizer and not just in the refrigerator and freezer – Try a box in the bathroom and the closets!

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