If you can mess it up, you can find a chemical product at your local store to clean it up. The shelves spill over with commercial products promising to shine up everything from your kitchen sink to your car’s undercarriage.
But just because you can buy a chemical cleaner for everything doesn’t mean you should. Many of these products are expensive, tough on the environment, and bad for the health of you and your family.
According to the EPA, indoor pollution caused by chemical housecleaners is three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor pollution.
Never fear, there are still ways get your house clean with green products that cost less and might not even require a special trip to the store.
House Cleaning Hacks Using Baking Soda
Below are four green cleaning hacks using common baking soda, an ingredient you probably already have in your cupboards
1. Difficult Upholstery Stains: Baking soda is just the trick for those really tough stains on your couch or other upholstered furniture: pet stains, vomit, and food.
Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the stain, and let dry at least eight hours, better overnight.
Vacuum the residue off. You may need to repeat once or twice for the smelliest spills.
The baking soda lifts the stain and deodorizes at the same time.
2. Showerheads: Baking soda is a great cleaner on its own but becomes a powerhouse when combined with plain white vinegar. That certainly is the case when it comes to cleaning your showerhead.
Remove the shower head and place it in a bowl or bag. Pour over it enough vinegar to cover the head then sprinkle baking soda in the vinegar. Let the showerhead soak in the fizzy mixture for two hours minimum.
Rinse and screw the showerhead back in place. Not only will it shine, but the vinegar will clear the gunk from the water holes and improve your water flow.
3. Mattresses: Not many people consider regular cleaning of their mattresses because of their size and bulk. But baking soda makes that task a breeze.
Simply mix a cup of baking soda with ten drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil. Those two oils are natural dust mite repellants. Spread the mixture evenly on your mattress, let it sit a couple of hours, then vacuum.
It’s a good idea to do this every time you change the sheets, especially if allergy sufferers are using that bed.
4. Stovetops: Sprinkle a ceramic stove top with baking soda, wet a large cloth or cloths (enough to cover the entire stovetop) in warm soapy water, and spread on top.
Leave for twenty minutes then remove and wipe to a new shine. If there are still streaks, spray with white vinegar and wipe again for an extra shot of cleaning power.
When sprinkling baking soda over a surface to clean, try using a flour sifter to spread it evenly without clumps.
And buy baking soda in bulk. You’ll want to have lots of this versatile, green, and inexpensive cleaner on hand.
House Cleaning Hacks Using Vinegar
For centuries, people around the world have used vinegar in all manner of ways: cooking, preserving, natural health remedies, and cleaning.
Today, more householders are rediscovering the power of vinegar as a green alternative to harsh chemical cleaners, which can be expensive as well as a threat to the health of humans and the environment.
Here are five creative ways to use vinegar to accomplish some persistent housekeeping challenges.
1. Dishwasher: Place a shallow cup or bowl of vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher and run a load through.
The vinegar cuts through the grease that hinders your dishwasher’s performance and disinfect the inside, killing many types of bacteria.
2. Glass surfaces including windows: Fill a spray bottle halfway with warm, soapy water and half with white vinegar. Use this to spray on any glass you want shiny.
3. Coffee maker: Run a couple of cups of white vinegar through your coffee machine on its regular brewing cycle. Dry and buff with crumpled newspapers to eliminate streaks.
Leave the hot vinegar sitting in the pot for up to 30 minutes. Pour it out, then run just water through the cycle again, repeating until there’s no smell or taste of vinegar in the final product.
4. Bathroom tile: Combined with salt and baking soda, vinegar creates a scrub for tiles that disinfects, deodorizes, and attacks tough mildew stains with a mild abrasive.
Combine one cup of baking soda, four tablespoons salt, one cup white vinegar, and four tablespoons liquid soap, preferably organic. Spray on tiles and wipe clean with a rag.
5. Washing machine: To ensure your clothes come out of your washing machine sparkling clean, you have to make sure you keep the washing machine’s tub pristine.
One way to do that is to add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 4 teaspoons of white vinegar to the tub, and then run it through a full warm cycle.
Do this once a month to keep your washing machine in top shape.
Vinegar is a powerful disinfectant and effective cleaner, safe for use on most surfaces.
It’s also safe, posing no threat to pet or human health. And it’s a natural substance that does not harm the environment.
Every time you incorporate baking soda and vinegar into your cleaning routine, you are doing your best for your house, your family, and the world.
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