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Green Spring Cleaning Preparation

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 there are dozens of green, inexpensive ways of cleaning out one’s house, many of which can already be found in your kitchen?

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. The money you’ll save avoiding harsh chemicals is definitely worth looking into.

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. Warm water mixed with half a cup of borax will allow you to shine china, while pouring three tablespoons down the garbage disposal and running hot water half an hour later will clean out the disposal with ease.

Ever wonder why most cleaning products smell like lemons? Not only is the scent one of freshness, but lemon juice is also a great cleaning aid. It is most handy in the bathroom, where it cuts 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. Additionally, sticking lemon peels in the garbage can will help keep it smelling fresh.

As you can see, cleaning without using harsh chemicals is extremely easy. It also allows you to save your money, and take care of the earth all at once.  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 house sparkling clean.

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