Spring Cleaning Goes Green

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Did you know that you don’t need harsh chemicals to get your home to sparkle? A simple ingredient such as vinegar can be all you need for mopping! Aside from being harmful to the environment, many chemicals that can be found in cleaning products are harmful for you and your family to breathe in. So how can you make your spring cleaning (and year-round cleaning) routine a little more earth- and kid-friendly?

Next time you run out of your current household cleaner, seek a greener alternative, or better yet, make one!  Many of the ingredients are household staples you may already have. Here are a few easy-to-make recipes to get started:

All-purpose cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
  • 1/g gallon of water

or

  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda
  • 1 tsp liquid castille soap
  • 5-10 drops essential oil(s) (Natural oils extracted from plants) This is optional for scent and can be purchased at a natural food store, such as Sprout’s or Natural Foods Market.

Add 2 cups of warm water – distilled or boiled. Cover spray bottle and shake well.

Glass cleaner:

  • 1 1/2  cups of vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups  water in a spray bottle. (You can use less water, depending on your preference)

For the bathroom:

  • 3/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons salt (optional for extra scrubbing power)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional for scent)

This will create a paste, which you can use with a scrub brush or sponge to clean tubs, sinks and more!

Stainless steel appliances:

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water

If you don’t want to make your own cleaners, Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Method are a few eco-friendly brands that are available at local retailers such as Target.

Additional “green” things you can do are use old t-shirts as cleaning cloths, avoid using harsh air fresheners, and use baking soda to freshen up carpet and mattresses (let it sit for about an hour then vacuum it up). You may be surprised to find that you will also save money along the way! If you’d like us to share more green cleaning tips and recipes, let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

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