Save some Green when you Clean

The household cleaning market is being flooded with the newest “green” cleaning technologies and products, but you can be environmentally conscious and save a little cash at the same time with these easy cleaning solutions made from common household items:


All-Purpose Household Cleaner

2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. borax
1/4 cup liquid Castile soap

Pour the white vinegar and borax into an empty spray bottle. Fill about 3/4 of the way to the top with very hot water, shake to mix. After this step, add the castile soap. Since vinegar tends to have a very distinct smell (that is not very pleasant for some), you can scent your cleaner with about a dozen drops of any essential oil (such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, or lemongrass). For an even quicker fix, nix all the extra ingredients and simply wipe down surfaces with two cups of club soda in a spray bottle.

Tile Cleaner

Turn grime into shine with two simple ingredients: Baking Soda and H20. Sprinkle some baking soda on the area to be cleaned, then scrub with a wet sponge. For a grout solution, add some lemon juice and make a paste. Apply to the grout and scrub away with a toothbrush (Just make sure not to leave the toothbrush in the bathroom!)

Streakless Window Cleaner

Mix 3 cups white vinegar with 6 cups very hot water in a spray bottle and use with newspaper (not paper towels, that’s how you get streaks!). Again, for those who will just never get used to that vinegar smell, substitute undiluted lemon juice or club soda.

Carpets and Rugs

I’m sure you grew up with the knowledge that if you spill something on the rug, someone better come running with the Club soda. Club soda does in fact work wonders on carpets, but you have to attack the stain immediately- before the stain sinks into the fibers. The carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda help to stop staining. Pour on a liberal amount and blot with a rag until the stain is lifted. For large spills, pour cornmeal to cover the stain. Wait about 20 minutes, then vacuum everything right up. The cornmeal absorbs the moisture, and the stain with it. For a simple carpet refresher, sprinkle baking soda all over and vacuum up after half an hour.

Worried About the Germs?

Try this all-natural disinfectant: Combine 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Either put in a bottle and spray directly on household surfaces, or rub with a soft sponge or cleaning cloth.

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