Eco Friendly Cleaning Tips

If you have taken the time and effort to remodel or redecorate your home and going green, then it is important to remember that you have to maintain that greenness afterwards as well.

Cleaning green is an excellent way to honor your going green choices. Many individuals think that going green is something new; however, if you speak to some elders you will see that being green has been around for quite some time ñ at least in the cleaning department.

Our grandmothers probably used things like lemon juice for laundry stains and baking soda to clean out the refrigerator. Sometimes something old is something new again.

Paper Products

It really is not necessary to go through a case of paper towels every month for the sake of cleaning your home. Saving paper by avoiding disposable paper towels is a top-notch way to save trees. When you save trees, you save the environment.

  • You can use newspaper and a vinegar and water solution for sparkling clean windows.
  • Use washcloths for wiping down countertops and tables instead of disposable sponges.
  • Use old clothing cut into squares for polishing furniture and throw them occasionally into the washing machine.
  • Use cloth baby diapers for cleaning your car and throw them into the washing machine along with your other rags.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has long since been used for cleaning in a variety of ways around the house.

  • Lemon juice can remove tough stains such as cosmetics from your bathroom countertop. (Of course, spot test a small area and speak to the manufacturer before applying.)
  • Instead of using bleach, try a half cup of lemon juice in the rinse cycle for brighter whites.
  • Water, vinegar, and lemon juice will tackle the inside of your refrigerator and leave it smelling, well ñ lemony fresh.
  • A little squeeze of lemon mixed with your dish detergent will help when you scrub pots and pans.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has many uses around the home, some that you may never have tried.

  • Put some baking soda on a damp sponge with a little kosher salt and watch your bathroom sparkle.
  • Baking soda is an excellent cleanser for your refrigerator mixed with water and some lemon juice. The lemon juice gives your refrigerator a nice, clean scent.
  • Baking soda added into your rinse cycle of your wash will create a soft, clean feel to your clothing.

Common things found in your home such as baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar go a long way in green cleaning.

You can also learn tips and tricks for creating your own laundry detergent and soap. All-natural essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil are excellent additives to a homemade laundry detergent or a homemade furniture polish.

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