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It’s Easy To Be Green

It’s Easy To Be Green

It is a great time to get organized, clean out and refresh your home. Getting rid of clutter, reorganizing and cleaning often helps us mentally prepare for the winter. Instead of mindlessly purchasing store-bought cleaners, think about what you can replace with”green” alternatives that are just as effective when it comes to cleaning. Using harsh cleaners can have a cumulative, toxic effect in your home.

Here a few ideas that are cost-effective and way better for your household and the environment:

Here are some basics to keep on hand that do a great cleaning job:

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Club Soda
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid detergent
  • Tea tree Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Spray bottles
  • Newspaper
  • Sponges
  • Vanilla, Rosemary

Sink: I used to buy SoftScrub but found it expensive. Here is a perfectly good way of cleaning the sink. Mix baking soda and drop some liquid detergent in until it’s a creamy consistency. Baking soda is also great for freshening the drain.

Clogged drain: Instead of toxic Drano, use ½ cup baking soda and 2 cups of boiling water, ½ cup of vinegar to unclog. It really bubbles!

Mirrors and Windows: Use ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 cups of water, put in a spray bottle and use a newspaper instead of a paper towel. The newspaper helps reduce streaking. Lemon juice or club soda can also be used.

Bathroom tile: Use baking soda with a moist sponge. Lemon juice or vinegar works on mildew. To disinfect, use 2 cups of water, a few tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 drops of tea tree oil.

Polishing silver: This is one of my favorite tips. Line your sink with aluminum foil and place your silver in the sink. Pour boiling water and a cup or two of baking soda and a small amount of salt. Let it sit for a few minutes and the tarnish will move from the silver to the foil. This really works!

Copper: Ketchup is the quick way to clean copper. Rub it with ketchup and a soft cloth.

Air fresheners: Instead of buying a chemical freshener, consider a mixture of water, lemon juice, vanilla and rosemary on your stove. You won’t ever buy an air freshener again!

Because all of these ingredients are healthier, you may want to clean more! Please let me know what “green” cleaners you use.

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