Green Cleaning 101

Green Cleaning 101

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It’s officially Spring (although here in New England there is still snow on the ground!) and some of you may be thinking about doing a little Spring cleaning with the warmer weather on it’s way. If you are looking to ditch those store-bought, chemical laden cleaning products for greener options, here are some easy recipes for you to try out. Not only will you know EXACTLY what is in them, but it will save you money in the long run too! Bonus!

For Tough Stains in the Kitchen or Bathroom:

  • Baking Soda and Water: Baking soda works as a gentle abrasive. All you need to do is rub a paste of baking soda and water into the stain then scrub with a moist sponge or cloth. For tough stains, let the paste set for a while before washing off. This is great for tubs, stainless steel sinks, tupperware containers, stove tops and counter tops.
  • Lemon Juice or Vinegar: Problem with mold or mildew? Spray with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush. Vinegar also works as a replacement for the rinse aid in your dishwasher and to remove calcium and lime deposits on faucets and shower heads. Is there a not so great smell coming from your garbage disposal? Toss in half of a lemon, turn on the water and run the disposal.

To Clean Windows:

  • White Vinegar, Water and Newspaper: Forget Windex! Simply mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • Combine the following in a squirt bottle: 1 C filtered water, 1 tbsp unscented Castille soap and 10 drops of essential oil. Tip: Tea tree oil is a great disinfectant. Orange oil will help cut grease. Lavender oil is a wonderful calming all purpose oil.

Are there any other homemade cleaners that you use? Feel free to post them here or on my Facebook page!

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