Cleaning products that are simple, and green; that multi-task thereby reducing our carbon footprint, and won’t break the bank.
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The mainstays of green cleaning are plain white vinegar and baking soda.
My favorite multi-tasking products: liquid dishwasher detergent, and liquid dishwashing soaps. Dishwasher detergent also cleans kitchen sink and food stained surfaces, it shines, and gently removes stains like magic. It is also a great all purpose floor cleaner, if you like add the juice from a lemon for a really clean smell and extra grime breaker. The standard dishwashing soap is great for cleaning all fabrics, and as a stain treatment for laundry.
Sink and drain maintenance:
Clear clogged/slow sink, use half a cup of baking soda to one cup of vinegar, pour baking soda into drain, follow with the vinegar, and let bubble for fifteen minutes, run hot water.
Clean your showerhead by filling a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar, and tying it to the head; for tougher buildups soak a clean cloth with vinegar, pour on some baking soda, mild over fixture, cover with bag, secure it, leave overnight, and in the morning, scrub with a brush. This also works for buildup on and around sink faucets.
Get rid of toilet bowl blockages and odors by pouring in one cup of baking soda once a week.
Glass Surfaces :
Fill a new spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Spray mixture on the mirror. Clean with a dry cloth. Your mirror should shine like new. If there are any streaks, crumple newspaper and briskly rub over surface
Zote costs just $1.79 for a bar, all natural, gentle cleanser, find out all about it, http://www.zote.com.mx/english/about.htm . I have exzema and use nothing else to launder and soften my clothing, towels and sheets. It must be grated, just use the small grate of a food grater, and sprinkle it in as you would any powdered laundry detergent.
For cushions/chair seats, use warm water, small amount of grated zote, and a drop or two of lavender oil, if you wish, which can be purchased for as little as three dollars. Wipe cushions clean.
For soiled spots, dampen than rub with Zote. For food related remember to use dishwashing soap.
50/50 Beeswax and Turpentine, available at hardware stores.
- Use wide mouth jars or containers for storage so you can get your hand in easily.
- Apply finished furniture wax with a coarse cloth and buff.
- While melting the wax, do not leave stove unattended.
- The solvents are flammable; do not add them while wax is heating on the stove.
- Look for odorless turpentine or mineral spirits if the smell is too strong for you. They’re more expensive, but turn out an equally nice furniture wax.
- Recipes can be adjusted slightly for personal preference, if you desire a thicker wax, just add more beeswax or carnauba wax. If a paste is too hard, add more solvent.
I hope these are helpful; they are the techniques I use most often.