How to “Go Green” When You Clean

Friday Sep 29th, 2017


Are you spending money on household cleaners when you may be able to do the job with items you already have at home and/or are less expensive than what you’re currently using?

Using just a few of these ideas can help you save money on cleaning products – and be kinder to the environment, as well.  A note of caution:  Before using a homemade cleaning formula, test it in a small, hidden area if possible.  Also, always keep your homemade formulas well-labeled and out of the reach of children.

Carpet stains:  Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray directly on the stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

Food containers:  To remove odors from plastic food containers, put a crumpled piece of newspaper in the container, seal, and let it sit overnight.

Windows:  Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar and one quart warm water, pour into a spray bottle or apply with a sponge, and wipe dry with crumpled newspaper.

Kitchen smells:  To get kitchen smells like fish and onion off cutting boards and utensils, wipe them with white vinegar and wash in soapy water.

Kitchen surfaces:  Apply baking soda directly with a damp sponge to stove exterior, refrigerator, and similar surfaces.

Marks on walls and painted surfaces:  Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using baking soda applied to a damp sponge; rub gently, then wipe and rinse.

Silver:  Wash items, then place them on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot; combine one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt and one quart of hot water, then pour over items and let sit for a few seconds.

Toilet:  Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and one cup white vinegar, pour into basin and let it sit for a few minutes; scrub with a brush and rinse.

If “homemade” isn’t your thing, check out the growing number of commercial non-toxic household items – from bathroom cleaners to laundry soap to pest control products – that can help you “go green,” as well.


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