Many families that have made the decision to go green, are often unsure how to go green when it comes to cleaning and cleaning supplies. Green cleaning may seem impossible, however, there are a variety of ways to clean your home without the use of harsh chemicals. In fact, the natural, green solutions listed below are even safe for your children to use when they help with the cleaning chores, and no worries needed for those families with small children still crawling around.
4 Green Cleaning Products and Tips
Vinegar – Vinegar is a cleaning miracle and safe for everyone in the household to use (and don’t worry about the smell, it goes away after it dries). Here are some of the most common green cleaning uses for vinegar:
- Clean the mirror, windows or any glass
- A 40/60 solution of vinegar and hot water will clean your bathtub, sinks, and more.
- Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and water and spray on your shower curtain after each shower – this will stop mildew.
- Mop your kitchen and bathroom floors.
- Use to clean your stove (inside and out), as it is great on cutting grease.
- If you have hard water, use vinegar in your dishwasher to remove hard water stains.
- Clean your coffee pot weekly.
- Soften your clothes and brighten your whites by adding to your laundry rinse cycle.
Rubbing Alcohol – Another household staple, rubbing alcohol, is great for some general green cleaning as shown here:
- Add some rubbing alcohol to your baby wipes and use them for quick cleanups in the bathroom.
- Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and then wipe down your faucets – they will sparkle like new.
- Use a mixture of 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water to make your granite counter tops look like new again.
Lemon – For centuries, women have been using lemons to clean many surfaces in their home, here are some ways you can use lemon to green clean:
- The oil from a lemon will clean the hard water stains on your shower door and chrome.
- Rub a lemon rind on anything you have that is sticky – it will remove the sticky mess.
- Clean your pots and pans naturally – cut a lemon in half, spray the pan with water, sprinkle some salt and then scrub with the lemon.
Baking Soda – Most people are aware of the cleaning properties of baking soda, but here are some you may not know:
- Use to clean your bathtub, toilet, sinks, and shower.
- When you have grease on your stove, sprinkle some baking soda, let sit for a few minutes and then dust off – grease is gone with no smearing and no mess.
- Use to clean anything stainless steel.
As you can see, there are many ways to use green, everyday products already in your home to clean. No need to purchase those harsh chemicals.
Do you have any green cleaning tips you’d like to share? Comment below!