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Green Cleaning Tips: Use Stuff You Already Have at Home

Did you know that you can keep you home as clean as a whistle using stuff you already have at home?

That’s right! No need to purchase expensive cleaners that leave a chemical smell and a dent in your wallet. If you ever wanted to know how to make your own household cleaners, here’s your one stop shop! Let’s explore three of my favorite, cheap household cleaners that are non-toxic, natural and get the job done!

Cleaning With Vinegar – There are plenty of uses for vinegar. That’s right, good ol household white vinegar can replace plenty of expensive cleaners. It’s cheap, disinfects, non-toxic, free of harmful poisons and chemicals and can be used to clean almost anything in your household. Who loves the idea of killing bacteria and yucky germs? ME! In addition to cooking with vinegar, here are a few ways you can utilize the cleaning power of vinegar all over the house…

  • In the kitchen, clean surfaces with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. I have a spray bottle that I refill weekly and I use it on the counter tops, tile, cabinets, refrigerator, microwave, and any other wipe-able surface (see the Homemade Green Cleaning Recipe: Lemon Tree Natural Cleaner). It also keeps ants away, deodorizes the garbage disposal and disinfects cutting boards. You can run a water/vinegar mix through the coffee maker to clean it out, too. The vinegar/water solution works good as a glass cleaner, streak free!
  • In the bathroom, you can use vinegar to remove toilet bowl stains, bathtub rings, soap build up on shower walls, and shower heads. Spray or soak them in vinegar, then wash away. You can even try mixing vinegar with water and Dawn soap for glass shower doors and bathroom mirrors to remove the hard water build up and finger prints. Shiny!
  • In the laundry room, you can remove many stains be pre-treating them with vinegar before washing. You can also add some to your washer to keep clothes bright, remove smoke and other odors, and  clean the residue inside your washer.

The Naturally Clean Home Book: Featuring green cleaning recipes to freshen up your home using vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, herbs, borax and more. 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning every area of the home, excellent resource!

Baking Soda Uses for Cleaning – Baking soda is a cheap, non-toxic abrasive that has multiple uses for cleaning around the house. Use it in the in the tub or shower, in the toilet, in the washing machine for your laundry, in the kitchen and more. Here are a few uses for baking soda…

  • Put a box of baking soda in your refrigerator or freezer and it will absorb any odors.
  • Sprinkle a little baking soda on a hot wet cloth and scrub hard to clean surfaces. There is a great cook top cleaning tutorial that does a good job demonstrating. Cleans and polishes at the same time!
  • Grab those nasty trash odors be sprinkling a little baking soda at the bottom of your trash can or diaper pail before placing in the trash bag.
  • You can remove stubborn stains and be making a baking soda paste. Use 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, mix until it’s pasty, and apply to the affected area. Let it sit for a bit, then scrub away.
  • Mix baking soda into your cat’s liter box every time you change it.
  • Toss baking soda in the washer along with your regular detergent. It helps remove grease stains, freshens clothes and aids and enhances bleach, if you use it.
  • You can use baking soda on your carpets too. Sprinkle over your carpet before you vaccum to remove any odors, or use some of the baking soda paste above on stains.
Cleaning with Lemon – This gift from mother nature is delicious in food, smells divine and makes a great eco-friendly cleaner. Lemons are naturally acidic, and they are quite effective against most household bacterias. Clean with lemons, here’s how…
  • Naturally bleaches stains on clothing, counter tops, and copper. Squeeze lemon juice onto white clothes and let them dry in the sun. Let lemon juice sit on counter tops and copper to remove stains as well. If it needs a little scrub, add some salt to the lemon half and scrub
  • Put in a cup of lemon juice in the dishwasher’s rinse cycle to disinfect and shine dishes.
  • Rub a sliced lemon over your cutting boards to disinfect them. They have so many small cuts and spaces that bacteria is sure to lurk!
  • Mix lemon juice with your vinegar cleaners to neutralize the strong vinegar smell. Also, adds cleaning power!
  • Make a paste with salt and lemon juice to use as a mold and mildew cleaner on tile and other surfaces.
  • When you’re finished, place the lemon rinds in the garbage disposal and grind with hot water to freshen up your kitchen sink and drain.

Do you have any great non-toxic cleaning ideas? What has worked best in your home? Please leave a comment and share!

 

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