Natural tips & tricks for DIY Green Cleaning
Green Cleaning is EASIER than you may think!
Here are a handful of helpful tips and tricks to get you on the right track.
All-natural methods of green cleaning your home is safer, more
effective, and have actually been around much longer than all of the commercial
cleaners you see around today. It’s easier than it sounds and could not only
save your wallet from unnecessary expenses, but green cleaning saves your
family’s health by10 fold.
Metals and hard surfaces –
There are several all-purpose or multipurpose cleaners you can make at home
with affordable ingredients and using very little time and effort. Citrus
products are a must for cutting through some of the deep grease in the kitchen
like the oven and microwave, while vinegar and salt can be added to increase
the effectiveness of these cleaners. The types of cleaners that can do this
usually consist of some citrus fruit parts like lemon peeling or grapefruit.
They are then put in a solution of warm water and salt is added to draw the
active ingredient from the fruit in a process known as dissolution. When it is
active – 30 minutes or so – then white vinegar is added for effectiveness. The
mixture smells great and works wonders for all those tough scrubs around
Tiles, tables, counters, and kitchenware – You
can clean your whole kitchen and even wash dishes with the use of organic
products. Borax or natural castile soap can be infused with vinegar to clean
even the toughest spots like the oven. Extra greasy messes can be soaked in
this solution for a deep and thorough clean. There are also essential oils you
can use to make homemade disinfecting wipes. Oils like lemon or eucalyptus not
only give your cleaners a beautiful fragrance but also help in the way of
fighting those tough grease spots and stains as well. Essential oils are
natural and easy to buy. The internet is filled with recipes for natural wipes
free from harmful ingredients, and homemade dish soaps that won’t pollute or
leave a chemical residue.
Bathrooms, sinks, and tubs – There
is a mixture that will blow you away for naturally keeping your bathroom
spotless! It’s called natural oxy clean and it works
wonders for cleaning any sink, toilet, tile, or tub. It’s one cup water mixed
with half a cup of peroxide, and half a cup of baking soda. It is strong,
effective, and has way fewer chemicals than the store-bought bathroom cleaners.
You can use homemade oxy clean to get the stains off just about anything. Just
wash (we like to use the open side of a half lemon as the scrubber!),
scrub, and rinse. You’ll be able to see your reflection shine in it by the time
you are through!
Mirrors and windows – You must
be careful when it comes to all-natural glass cleaning. You shouldn’t clean
when the glass is hot (while the sun is shining on it) because the all-natural
cleaner will dry too quickly and streak. You must also mix lightly because too
strong of a solution could also leave you with a streaky mess. Mix 1-part
citrus peel or vinegar with about 10 or 15 parts water for this. It must be
light and should be wiped away quickly. If done effectively your mirrors and
windows will shine when the light hits them again and gleam with stunning
beauty and perfection.
Air fresheners, clothing, and furniture
cleaners – Ever get that choky feeling when you spray a commercial air
freshener from one of those aerosol cans? You’re not alone. To make natural air
fresheners, all you need are essential oils or dried flowers. Put them in a
spray bottle with a small amount of water and mist fabrics around your home
like curtains, sofas, and carpet. Ivory soap and borax can be combined to make
a perfect all-natural laundry detergent, and vegetable
glycerin can be combined with essential oils to make for the perfect organic fabric softener. These methods will
leave your clothing and fabrics smelling fresh and will free your sinuses from
all those unwanted germs and air pollutants.
Take these simple steps and you too can revitalize the way you
clean around your home. Save money, stay healthy, and live naturally – what
have you got to lose!? You can take the easy way out and just buy the
things you need to clean your home, or you can make it smell fresher, have less
harmful chemicals, and save cash just by trying these few simple techniques in
cleaning your house. It’s at least worth a try for yourself, your loved ones
and the planet, right?