Green Living, Green Thinking – 5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes
Cleaning is tough, but what make it even tougher are the chemicals involved. Why splurge ridiculous amounts of money on cleaning supplies when simple ingredients from the kitchen can do the job just fine, without leaving any chemical trails. Here are a few tried and tested remedies that will help you get the job done without nasty chemicals.
Here is a simple solution for all the stains that are impossible to remove. Pour hydrogen peroxide mixed with water directly on the stain and let the solution sit for a couple of minutes. Later, use dishwashing soap to scrub the stain clean. 9 out of 10 times this simple tip is known to work. If it does not work, you can always double up the potent quotient of the solution by adding a dash of lemon juice.
Vinegar – the one-stop solution for most persistent of cleaning problems. To get your mirror shining like a diamond, simply give it a thorough scrub down with a solution made of vinegar and water. To free your shower curtains of mildew, keep a spray bottle filled with white vinegar and water at the ready. When you are done taking a shower, spritz the solution along the curtains and wipe it clean with a paper towel; you will be surprised with the results. The same solution can also be used to keep your kitchen counter and cabinets sparkling clean.
When talking about green cleaning recipes, how can we forget lemon juice? To get your worn-out furniture to shine again, here is what you need to do. Mix equal quantity of lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Take a long linen-free cloth, roll it into a thick wad, dip in into the solution and apply it on the furniture in long even strokes. This is by far the cheapest way to polish furniture.
A quick way to deodorize any space, without splurging big on fancy room fresheners, is with essential oils. Grab a few cotton balls, sprinkle them with essential oils of your choice and stash them away in every nook and cranny of the house. You can also stash a few in your car if you want. We recommend peppermint oil as it will help you stay alert during tediously long drives.
Baking soda can come in quite handy when it comes to cleaning toilet bowls. Sprinkle some baking soda on the toilet brush and scrub the bowl clean. To disinfect the toilet, you can occasionally use borax powder instead of baking soda. The worst part about cleaning is neutralizing the stench of urine left by pets on the carpet. Here is a simple tip you can try: pour club soda on the spot and allow it to sit for a minute or two before scrubbing it clean with water and soap. Your carpet will look brand new in no time at all.
There are tons of other green cleaning recipes that can make your house sparkling clean in no time at all. If nothing works, you can always call in a professional.