Green and Clean: Home Remedies for Cleaning Solutions

Are you looking for environmentally-friendly, natural cleaning products? You can find safe, non-toxic products available commercially from companies like Ecover, Seventh Generation, Nellie’s All-Natural, and Green Works, or you can make your own cleaners from items already in your pantry.

Check out this short list of home remedies and the standard recipes for cleaning solutions below:

  • White vinegar: an excellent odor and mildew remover. Vinegar also cuts grease and waxy build-up. Be careful when using vinegar on tile grout because it can degrade the grout.
  • Baking soda: a good non-abrasive cleaner and deodorizer. (Lots of us already use an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresh.) Baking soda can also be used as a water softener.
  • Lemon juice: one of the strongest food acids. Lemon juice kills most household bacteria.
  • Soap (liquid, flake, powder, or bar): perhaps the most versatile cleanser. Do not use scented soap or one that contains petroleum distillates.

Follow these recipes for everyday cleaning tasks. Before you use one of the cleaning solutions, try it on a small, inconspicuous surface first, just to be safe.

  • All-purpose cleaner: Mix ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda into ½ gallon water.
  • Wall dirt and dinge remover: Rub spot gently with baking soda and a damp sponge. Rinse and wipe dry.
  • Window cleaner: Add two teaspoons of white vinegar to one quart of warm water. Wipe dry thoroughly to avoid streaks. (Don’t wash warm windows. They will streak.)
  • Dishwashing liquid: Add two or three tablespoons of vinegar to liquid soap.
  • Mold cleanser and deodorizer: Put straight vinegar or lemon juice on a soft sponge and rub the mold away. Since vinegar can damage tile grout, rinse immediately after using on tile surfaces.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Mix ¼ cup baking soda with one cup vinegar. Let sit for five minutes. Brush the bowl and rinse.
  • Bathtub cleanser: Put a small amount of baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub away grime and grit. For a tough job, wipe the spot in the tub with white vinegar first. Rinse immediately.

If you’d like more information on green cleaning, try Earth Easy. It’s a great site for sustainable living ideas and products like UV water filters, healthy cookware, composting equipment, greenhouses, and natural pest control.

By Paul Carboni

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