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Green Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring Cleaning Preparation

March 06, 2012

Spring is approaching, and many of us are getting ready to start our spring cleaning. For some people, this involves going out and purchasing cleaning products from the store.  But did you know that you can green clean your home using natural ingredients?

When it comes to cleaning, vinegar will be your best friend. Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, and clean your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.  Vinegar not only disinfects, but it also deodorizes. Use it to clean the bathtub, counters, toilet, sink, stovetop, and kitchen floor. You can also use it as a natural fabric softener.

Baking soda is another great cleaner. Use baking soda on any surface you would usually tackle with an abrasive cleaning product. Stick a box of baking soda in your fridge, freezer, closet or any other stinky area to help keep these areas smelling clean.  

While borax should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets, it's a great alternative to bleach. Use this natural mineral to kill mold and bacteria, as well as deodorize clothes and remove tough stains.  Try cleaning the garbage disposal by pouring three tablespoons of Borax down the garbage disposal.  Flush with hot water 30 minutes later.  

Lemons seem to be the scent of "freshness."  They are also great when it comes to cleaning.  Use lemons when cleaning the bathroomin, where they cut through soap scum and hard water deposits. By mixing one cup of olive oil and half a cup of lemon juice, you can make a polish for hardwood furniture. Stick some lemon peels in the garbage can to keep it smelling fresh.

Cleaning without using harmful chemicals is extremely easy. By doing so, you are saving money and taking care of the earth all at the same time.  Going green does not have to be difficult or expensive. It simply requires taking the time to become informed regarding various cleaning ideas and techniques. Some of them might surprise you, but all of them will be sure to work with you to keep your home sparkling clean.


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