How to Use “Green” Products to Clean Your Home

We often rely on harsh chemicals to keep our homes spotless but in fact, most cleaning jobs can be done with simple, non-toxic products. Combining the right ingredients to make your own green cleaning solution often is more effective and inexpensive way to take care of a particular cleaning task than utilizing commercial cleaners. Read on to learn how you can use “green” products to clean your home.

  1. Instead of using store-bought scouring powder, use baking soda to scrub surfaces such as kitchen counters or bathtubs. The baking soda won’t scratch the surface, just sprinkle some on a sponge and scrub as you would with the scouring powder. Use water or vinegar to rinse the surface after cleaning.
  2. Use full-strength vinegar to remove any build-up and hard water stains that you may have in your bathroom or kitchen. Dilute the vinegar with warm water to clean stains from gentle surfaces.
  3. For an all-purpose green cleaner, mix ½ teaspoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of borax, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Use the mixture like any commercial all-purpose cleaner.
  4. Wipe tiles and mop linoleum floors with a solution of 3 gallons of hot water and 2 teaspoons of mild dish soap. Rinse out the solution with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 3 gallons of cold water.
  5. Combine equal parts vegetable oil and vinegar to polish wood floors.
  6. Club soda can be used to remove stains from carpets and upholstery. Pour club soda on fresh stains, let it sit for several minutes then blot until the stain is gone. Some carpet stains may require professional intervention to be removed. Look for a company that offer green carpet cleaning services, and hire them to get your carpet clean again.

Use green cleaning products even when you perform end of tenancy cleaning. Most landlords will appreciate it and even can close their eyes for certain small property damages.

October 6, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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