Eco-friendly house cleaning
Being green while trying to clean stubborn stains can be one of the most challenging parts of any cleaning task. Green cleaning choices are usually non-harmful ingredients that are biodegradable in less than a month.
Fortunately, there are natural eco-friendly products that you either have in your kitchen or you can find at the grocery store.
Hope is not lost. Bare with me and you’ll learn which of your kitchen products make the best eco-friendly cleaning buddies and how to combine them for optimum results.
From your kitchen
To gather all the ingredients, you’ll have to take a trip to your kitchen, dig into your cabinets and pull out the following:
- baking soda
- citrus solvent
I told you, it wasn’t so hard, was it?
Now, there is a trick! The way you combine these ingredients, will give you different cleaning products good for different cleaning tasks around your house.
For example, to remove mold or mildew just mix half part vinegar with half part water and spray it on to the moldy surfaces. Then use a sponge to rub and then rinse thoroughly. At the end make sure the area dries completely to prevent further mold growth.
To unclog your your drain, you’ll need one part vinegar, half part baking soda and four parts boiling water. Sprinkle the baking soda down the drain; pour the vinegar down the drain and watch it fizz for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour the hot water to wash away any remains of melted grease.
To clean your toilet, combine a 50:50 mixture of borax and washing soda. Stir and then sprinkle into toilet, scrub and rinse.
To polish your furniture, add a few drops of lemon oil into 1/2 cup of warm water, spray onto a soft cotton cloth, then wipe your furniture with it. To finish, wipe one more time using a dry soft cotton cloth.
If you have dry oil stains on your stove, use citrus solvent. Apply a thin layer on the stained area and leave it in for 5 minutes, then scrub with a sponge and rinse with a lot of water.
To clean your windows, mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 litre of warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to wipe the windows. Make sure you follow the recipe, because using too much vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it. The best time to clean the windows is when they are in the shade.
To clean your tiles, spray a thin layer of white vinegar, let it stay for a few minutes and then wipe it with a damp cloth. If there are any persistent stains, you can rub some baking soda until they disappear.