The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and a cool morning breeze fills your home. And then it hits you – all that morning sun is making it painfully obvious that your home could use a little TLC.
Whatever your “need to clean” motivation might be, please don’t reach for the window cleaner, furniture polish, tile and grout cleaner, and all the other commercial cleaning products that line most cupboards – at least not yet. Not until we first demonstrate how you can get your home spotless with just a few natural and inexpensive items you probably already have in your pantry.
Here are just a few to put to the test:
- Rub the cut side of half a lemon on chrome kitchen and bath fixtures to remove hard water stains and simply rinse with water.
- Place lemon peels in a jar or other air tight container and fill it with white vinegar. Let it sit for a week, then strain the mixture into a clean spray bottle for a lemon-infused all-purpose cleaner that you can dilute with water for cleaning windows and mirrors, or use full strength to tackle mold, mildew and grease.
- Skip the Pledge and add a little lemon juice to olive oil for an easy, natural, and fragrant way to polish wood furniture.
- Clean and deodorize your tub, shower, sinks and tile floors by sprinkling them with baking soda and scrubbing with a clean sponge or washcloth. Rinse and allow to dry.
- Make your own soft-scrub cleaner by mixing ½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of vinegar and a drop or two of dishwashing liquid.
- Deodorize toilets by adding ½ cup of baking soda into the bowl, swirling it around with a toilet brush, and letting it sit overnight.
- Clean the inside of a greasy oven by spraying the sides and bottom with water and generously sprinkling with baking soda. Let sit for several hours – or overnight – then wipe the gunk off with a sponge.
- Skip the bleach and clean tile grout by spraying with undiluted vinegar, let it soak, and scrub with a toothbrush.
- Remove water stains from wood furniture with equal parts white vinegar and olive oil and then wiping it away along the grain of the furniture.
- Use vinegar instead of bleach or anti-bacterial sprays to kill germs on hard surfaces. Spray undiluted vinegar on doorknobs and wipe dry, and fill a basin with a 50/50 water-vinegar solution to soak plastic toys.
If nothing else, using chemically-infused commercial cleaning products has probably become a habit. Well, try one or more of these green cleaning tips, and you’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll be come your new habits – a much more natural and affordable way to go.
And remember: you can always count on Connor Plumbing for green plumbing solutions to help take you and your family to a whole new level of natural resource conservation.