5 Easy Ways to Clean Green
Your home is a castle, and to keep it looking its best you must maintain cleanliness. Yet, too many cleaning products contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to the environment and to your health. This is why many consumers are turning to more natural “green” cleaning options for keeping their homes clean and sparkly, without all the harmful residue and fumes left behind by store bought cleaning products.
Green cleaning is something that you can do to protect your family by reducing irritants in the air and surfaces that lead to allergies and discomfort. Plus, you’ll be able to save money on cleaning products. Many natural alternative cleaning solutions offer the same if not better results as compared to name brand cleaning products. You probably have some of these items around your home already.
Get Ready to Clean Your Home the Green Way
So, if you are ready to take steps to a safer, and cleaner home, here are five easy ways to clean green:
- Green Cleaning in the Kitchen – Your kitchen is probably the dirtiest spot in the house because of all the traffic it gets in an ordinary week. From handprints and spills on surfaces to smelly sink drains, your kitchen can get a boost with some green cleaning methods. Start out by locating a clean spray bottle. Fill halfway with water and then add ¼ cup of vinegar and a half of lemon squeezed. Spritz surfaces with this natural disinfectant to remove dirt and germs. Use this for mopping floors and for wiping down tabletops and door frames. Put the lemon rind into the garbage disposal and grind to remove sink odors.
- Get Your Bathrooms Clean Naturally – Next to the kitchen, a bathroom can be the harborer of tons of germs like e-coli and strep that cause illness. Get your bathroom in tip top shape with green cleaning methods. Grab your baking soda and use this as a paste to clean up hard water stains around the sink, tub, and toilet. Use a gentle scrubbing motion with a wet rag. Leave a nice shine on bathroom chrome and mirrors with a spritz of your vinegar and lemon green cleaning solution.
- Laundry Woes Say Goodbye – The laundry room can be a source of dirt, smells and stains on piled up clothes and bedding. To bust this grime in very little time, use natural cleaning elements in with your regular routine. First, ditch the perfumed laundry soap and opt for unscented and dye free formulas. To add fragrance, simply add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil. Use baking soda to get out stains. Re-use old toothbrushes for treating stains.
- Windows and Appliances Shine – The hallmark of a clean home is one that has clean streak-free windows and sparking appliances. Use your vinegar and lemon cleaner on all these surfaces. For windows that are clean without the build-up, use old newspapers to wipe them down.
- Green Cleaning Outdoors – While the inside of your home is starting to shape up, the outside could use a little green cleaning as well. Try removing exterior stains, mildew and rust with a cleaning solution of water and lemon juice. For tough cleaning power on decks, patios, and lawn furniture, try sprinkling with a combination of sea salt and baking powder, scrubbing then rinsing clean. The sun will naturally do the rest.
Keeping your home clean the green way can be a benefit to your family’s health and home’s value. Try the above methods and see how good your home can look in just minutes.
About the Author: Karen Miller has been a leading expert on everything green for over 15 years. When she isn’t writing, you can find her spending time with her family at home or covering freelance stories for Terminix Pest Control Services.