You Can Keep Your Home Green And Still Be Clean

We live in a world obsessed with cleanliness. Our cleaning products must be industrial strength. It seems that everything is better if it’s labeled anti-bacterial. And we cannot pronounce something clean until it smells of artificial lemon, orange, or pine.

In our quests for hygienic homes, we unleash gallons of toxic chemicals down our drains and release harmful vapors into the air that we breathe. There must be a safer and more environmentally sound way to disinfect our domains.

You Can Keep Your Home Green And Still Be Clean

They may look innocent, but these bottles contain sinister toxic substances.

There is. By using some common sense and a few items from your pantry, you can be green and clean.

1. Embrace the power of vinegar, baking soda, or a mixture of both.

White vinegar and everyday baking soda both possess excellent cleaning capabilities. In some cases you will use them alone and, at other times, you can use them in tandem. Here’s how.

White Vinegar. Not only delicious on French Fries, this condiment is also a green cleaning miracle worker. With its natural anti-fungal and disinfecting properties, it is also great for stifling nasty odors.

• Windows: Using a 1/4 cup vinegar for every two cups of water, you will be able to remove grime from windows and restore their brilliant shine. Kiss ammonia good-bye.

• Wood surfaces: 4 cups of vinegar in a gallon of warm water will keep hardwood floors spic and span. For wooden furniture, try 1 cup of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Adios Pledge.

• Deodorizer: Put 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup vinegar in a spray bottle. Add a 12 drops of essential oil and–voila–you have a homemade fragrant room spray. Farewell Febreeze.

• Mold and Mildew: Wipe with pure white vinegar. You can let some sit on the mold or mildew spots for a few minutes before wiping it off.

• Soap scum and lime deposits: Vinegar is slightly acidic, making it a perfect foe for soap scum and lime deposits. Undiluted vinegar will work best for these stubborn stains. Take a hike, Vim.

Baking Soda. This baker’s must-have can do double time as an all-purpose cleaner. As a gentle abrasive that can also eliminate odors, it is a non-toxic alternative to the harsh liquid cleansers found in stores.

• Oven: When battling stubborn spills in your oven, simply sprinkle baking soda on the spot, spray with water, and let it soak overnight. In the morning, use a scouring pad to remove it.

• Porcelain: Create a paste using baking soda and water to tackle tubs, sinks, and showers. Baking soda’s ability to scrub porcelain without scratching will have you kissing Mr. Clean a bon voyage.

• Fridge: Who wants toxic chemicals coming in contact with their food? Hopefully, no one. Your water and baking soda paste is a perfectly safe concoction for cleaning out your refrigerator.

Both. Vinegar and Baking Soda make a highly effective team. There are several great ways to use them together and reap the benefits that they each have to offer.

• Clogged drains: Pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and, then, a 1/2 cup of vinegar will help unclog drains. This combination causes a foaming action that loosens stubborn blockages. Be sure to flush with water after it has done its job.

• Toilet Bowls: Apply some baking soda to the toilet bowl. Add some vinegar, give it a scrub with your toilet brush, and your toilet will be officially clean. Bid adieu to bathroom cleansers like Comet.

• Tile: Add 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda to 4 parts water and you have a great tile cleaner.

2. Make friends with your clothes line.

Why pay for fabric softening sheets that smell like the great outdoors, when you can capture the authentic scent naturally? And for free. Whether you opt for a permanent clothesline or a retractable model, hanging your clothing to dry makes both economical and environmental sense.

3. Breathe in some fresh air.

Room deodorizers are expensive and, oftentimes, over-powering. The best way to combat odors is by keeping a clean house and opening your windows. Nothing smells “fresher” than fresh air. If you must add a fragrance to your home, try baking cookies, fresh bread, or boiling cinnamon sticks.

These are a few inexpensive and simple ways to make your home a greener, cleaner, and safer place for everyone who lives there. Grab some condiments and get cleaning.

What common pantry items have you incorporated into your cleaning routine?

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Kimberley Laws
I am a freelance writer, avid blogger, illustrator, and aspiring novelist who thinks the world is a terribly funny place filled with bizarre things to observe--and, of course, comment on.
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