Green Cleaning

Tomorrow is Saturday and in my house Saturday is cleaning day (or attempt to clean day or feel guilty about not cleaning/ living in squalor day) so I thought I would pass along a few green cleaning ideas that we use around our house.

For Kitchen Countertops, Tub and Tile:

  • 1/2 Lemon – I just broke down and bought a lemon tree because I use lemons for everything
  • Baking Soda or Borax – I use baking soda

Dip the face of the lemon half in baking soda to create a scrubber for dirty areas.  Rinse and dry when finished – Easy peasy lemon squeezy! On my counters, I spray with vinegar and water to rinse.

Wood Floors:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water

Furniture Polish:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Mix very well and apply with a clean rag.  NOTE: Do NOT apply to floor, I stupidly tried this once and floors were like a skating rink – 6.5 year old slipped and slid all over the house – he thought it was funny but I worry about future educational achievement.

Stainless Steel:

  • Baking Soda – small amount ( I put a sprinkling in a small bowl)
  • White Vinegar – I keep mine in a spray bottle

Apply baking soda with a damp clean cloth, rub in a circular motion and follow up with vinegar to remove any spots.

Glass Cleaner:

  • 1/4 cup Vinegar or 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 cups water

I keep mine in a spray bottle -my one of  many – I just wish they were all glass.

Oven Cleaner:

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

Sprinkle baking soda on surfaces, spray water, then let it soak several hours or overnight ( Laziness allows me to leave it overnight) Rinse with water.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1 gallon tap hot water
  • mix together in a pail

for smaller amounts

  • 1/8 cup borax
  • 1 quart hot water
  • mix in spray bottle

I keep all of the recipes/potions  (I do get that satisfying mad scientist feel when mixing all the ingredients together) posted on my cellar door for quick reference.

I hope you won’t spend all day cleaning- if you do at least you know you will be healthy and so will your space

All for now …


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