Let’s face it; the vast majority of us spend at least 33.3% of our day at work. The last thing we want to do is clean the house all the time or smell the harsh chemicals associated with this task. What we have compiled for you is our list of helpful hints/tips that are ecofriendly to make the rest of your day as easy as can be.
Many stores now have a green cleaning section that you can pick up supplies. These can range from glass cleaners to toilet bowl cleaners. Most of these products do tend to be expensive due to the convenience factor. Another option is to make your own cleaners. We personally do this in our household. Most of the cleaners you need you can make at home yourself with basic supplies you have on hand and warm water.
Make your own furniture polish by combining ½ teaspoon of olive oil and ¼ cup of lemon juice in a squeeze bottle. Shake well and apply a small amount onto a cloth and use on your wooden surfaces.
Pouring a cup of baking soda down any drain or toilet is not only good for freshening but helps avoid clogs. If you already have a minor clog pour 1 cup of baking soda down the dry drain. Chase the baking soda with a pot of boiling water and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Run cool water down drain to flush. For tough stubborn clogs use ½ cups of baking soda and follow with ½ cup of vinegar. Cover the drain cover tightly with and allow to bubble for 15 minutes. Follow this up with flushing the drain with one gallon of boiling water.
Best window cleaner that is ecofriendly hands down is a solution of vinegar and water. In a spray bottle combine 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, shake bottle, spray and wipe windows to a clean streak free finish.
Help get rid of carpet stains by spraying with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. Let stand for about 2 minutes and then blot. Repeat if necessary.
Soak shower heads in vinegar overnight to remove corrosion or chemical buildup. You can also spray the vinegar in places where mildew is likely to appear to help with prevention. If mildew is already present, use a paste of equal parts kosher salt and vinegar to scrub on the affected areas.
Coat your oven surface in a paste mixture of baking soda and water. Allow to sit overnight, and then scrub off with warm water and a sponge. To bring back the “shine” use equal parts mixture of vinegar and water to spray and wipe clean.
Use 2 parts hot water, 1 part baking soda, and 1 part hydrogen peroxide to treat most non waxy stains. Spot treat the stains and allow to soak overnight. Never dry the clothing until you have removed the stain to your liking as it will cause the stain to set.
For waxy stains use plain dial soap, water, and an old toothbrush. This works wonders when your two year old leaves crayons in their pockets!! Wet the bar of soap and use the toothbrush to apply to waxy area, scrub with toothbrush gently until stain lifts. Once again do not dry clothes until stain is removed to your liking.