Spring is upon us – finally! Not only does the snow melt away and warm temperatures arrive, but Spring gets us all thinking about cleaning. With kids in your home, you may be considering the switch to green cleaning methods to reduce toxins and possible poisons. Some cleaning products are quite harmful if ingested while others cause isolated indoor air pollution, making it hard to breath. Below are some ideas for green cleaning recipes to get you started on the route to a different kind of clean.
The most common natural cleaning ingredients are vinegar, lemon juice, salt and baking soda. These work horses are all easy to find, nontoxic and cheap.
Vinegar – White vinegar is often the base of toxin free cleaning. It cuts away grease and stains and combats hard water and soap scum like no other. It also has strong antibacterial properties and can break down mold.
Lemon – The acid in lemons gulps up dirt and stains plus leaves a fresh scent. Lemon juice concentrate, fresh squeezed juice or lemon essential oil are all great choices.
Baking Soda – You perhaps already have a box of baking soda in your fridge to banish stink. It’s a deodorizer hero and abrasive scrub, all in one. When mixed with vinegar, a lot of cleaning fizz happens!
Salt – Salt scours harder than baking soda since it’s usually more coarse.
Distilled Water – If you have hard water, you may want to use distilled or filtered water instead of tap water.
There are countless recipes online to combine these ingredients to clean your home.
Hardwood Floor Polish | mop with a 1:2 ratio of vinegar to water.
Appliance Cleaner | straight up vinegar – heat a cup of vinegar in your microwave to steam off yuck then scrub the appliance inside and out. Put a bowl of vinegar inside your otherwise empty dishwasher, run a hot cycle and then scrub down the inside with vinegar. Do the same (sans bowl) in your washer.
Stainless Steel Sink Scour | mix a paste of water and baking soda to sanitize your sink (not for stainless appliance faces)
Tub Stain Remover | use lemon juice and salt to clean out your tub. let lemon sit for a few minutes to get out stains (not over night!!! i have ruined the enamel of a tub. I know.)
General Bathroom Cleaner | sprinkle baking soda in your tub, toilet and/or sink. spray a half water/ half vinegar solution over soda, let fizz, then scrub.
Cutting Board Stain Remover | rub salt on your wood cutting board.
Brass Shiner | mix 1 tablespoon of salt with a cup of vinegar to shine brass or chrome.
Food Container Stain Remover | remove stains from your plastic containers with a paste of lemon juice and baking soda.
Hard Water Stain Remover | again, straight vinegar (is this really a recipe?). Let glassware, coffee carafe, shower heads and more soak in vinegar for an hour to remove hard water.
Counter Stain Remover | create a paste of baking soda and water, let it sit for five minutes and wipe clean.
Oven Cleaner | same as your sink: make a paste of water and baking soda but let it sit over night. Then spray with vinegar and wipe.
Find a printable and more green cleaning recipes at IHeart Organizing’s Monthly Cleaning Plan page.
So open up the windows to air out your home and get to work! What will you clean first?