Try a little “green” cleaning!
Make a few changes and clean a little “greener”!
I am a self proclaimed clean freak…I like a clean house. It has been a challenge for me over the years to balance my need for clean and four kids, and I have learned how to “not sweat the small stuff” a little better over the years. There was a time that I had a closet full of cleaning supplies, and many of them were harsh cleaners. Over the years, my cleaning supplies have changed for several reasons, and I have found that some of the more “green” or natural cleaners work very well, are less expensive, and easier on my hands, the environment, and our children. Our skin and lungs absorb many chemicals very easily, and our indoor air can actually become “polluted” with chemical residue and this can be hard on all of us, especially anyone with respiratory problems. So you have a few choices when trying to clean your home using less toxic cleaners.
- I like many of the Method brand cleaners. They work well and I love their scents. My favorite is the hardwood floor cleaner…almond!
- 7th Generation also has great products that work well and are non-toxic.
- The most economical however are cleaners that are simple to make yourself…the basics of those are baking soda, vinegar, Castile soap, and rubbing alcohol. Be sure that you always label your bottles.
- Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Keep a bottle of vinegar and water in the shower and spray your shower and shower curtain after each use. It will cut down on the soap and hard water deposits, disinfect and help prevent mold.
- Vinegar and baking soda will clean any stubborn bathtub ring, greasy kitchen stove or other surface.
- Wipe down your shower doors with lemon oil, it will keep hard water and soap scum from forming.
- Rubbing alcohol will leave your mirrors, glass table tops, and chrome fixtures shiny and streak free. Make sure that you use alcohol in a well ventilated area…and it is out of reach of your child. Rubbing alcohol is a great disinfectant; wipe down light switches, door knobs, phones, and computer keyboards.
- Equal parts of vinegar and water and a couple teaspoons of liquid Castile soap makes a great window cleaner or any other hard surface cleaner.
- Vinegar and water will wash your floors, remove hard water stains and disinfect bathroom sinks, and remove the smell of urine around toilets (think little boys and potty training!)
- Sprinkle baking soda and vinegar in your toilet bowl. Let it sit several hours and scrub it out. If you have a stubborn stain a little borax will also work.
- Vinegar in a bowl heated in the microwave will deodorize and remove cooked on food. Lemon juice will work in the same way.
- Baking soda, vinegar and ice cubes ground up in the garbage disposal will deodorize and clean it!
- Lemon oil or olive oil will clean your wood surfaces well.
- Boil cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and/or other spices to freshen your air. I also heard that baking vanilla bean in your oven smells wonderful too!
- Vinegar smell will dissipate quickly, but you can always add a few drops of essential oil into your cleaners (like lavender).
- Try to use old towels, t-shirts, cloth diapers or other fabrics as your cleaning rags…cut down on paper towels.
- I love my steam mop too. It is a bit of an investment, but cleaning and disinfecting with water is always safe!!
Share your tips…what green cleaners are your favorites???
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.
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