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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 …


Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning

I thought about writing this as a belated Valentine’s Day message to vinegar but it is St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s just too late and I really don’t know Patrick’s feelings about the subject.For the past 12 years I have been an elementary school teacher.  Early in my teaching career when one of my students got sick or had lice, I would go home and bleach everything in my house.

Bleach and harsh chemical cleaners were always stocked and full in my house.  The chemical smell left me feeling satisfied that my house was clean- in hindsight I could have just been dizzy from the toxicity. (food for thought)

Even after my son was born in 2004, I was vigilant, scrubbing every surface within an inch of its life.  It wasn’t until he was crawling that I paused, I  read about the floor cleaner I used being dangerous for small pets and babies, chemicals leaching into the skin through pads on feet and little hands.

Since we could not live in squalor,  I researched alternative ways to clean, that’s when I learned about duh, duh, duh, duh VINEGAR!
We now use
baking soda,
olive oil
and very little else to clean our house
We have even gone so hog wild as to give up paper towels and paper napkins.  (It was hard at first – I missed them dearly) I will include recipes in my next blog on green cleaning.
The point of this one is my latest acquisition, a new book all about VINEGAR! I read about it on the site a look
I can’t wait to dive into this one!
All for Now
Happy St. Pat’s!
Be green!

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