GREEN CLEANING TIPS
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This green cleaning HOW-TO page is a work in progress.We’ve organized our tips into the following categories. There may be more than one solution offered for any given cleaning problem. Generally, we’ve tried to list the simplest, no fuss remedies first.
HOMEMADE GREEN CLEANING SUPPLIES
It’s time to do some enviro cleaning using natural products but you don’t know which products to trust. No problem, you can make your own cleaning solutions. It’s easy and you’ll save money.
Stuff you probably already have:
Other stuff you may need to get:
Oxygen (non-chlorine) bleach (see www.laundry-alternative.com/Oxygen_bleach_research.html or www.grassroots.com)
Borax (from your local supermarket)
Pure (castile) soap (see www.grassroots.com)
These are the main environmentally-friendly things you’ll need, although there are a few other items as you’ll see.
HOW TO MAKE A GREEN ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER(Top)
1 tsp borax, 2 tbsps vinegar, ¼ tsp.liquid castile soap, 2 cups very hot water. Shake this up in a spray bottle until everything is dissolved.
HOW TO MAKE A SOFT SCRUB CLEANER(Top)
Make a paste by adding water to equal amount of baking soda and salt.
HOW TO MAKE AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY GLASS CLEANER (Top)
¼ tsp liquid castile soap, 3 tbsp vinegar, 2 cups water. Shake this lightly in a spray bottle.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN NATURAL WOOD FURNITURE POLISH (Top)
1/8 cup vegetable oil, 1/8 cup vinegar. Shake it up in a jar. Use a soft cloth (preferably cotton or microfibre) and dip it in the
solution, then polish until the desired shine is achieved.
These 4 basic cleaners will cover most if not all of your cleaning needs!
HOW TO CLEAN/DEODORIZE DRAINS (Top)
Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar.
Let sit for half an hour.
Run hot water to flush out drain of debris.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN (Top)
Scrub the inside of the oven with a paste composed of baking soda and water.
Allow to dry.
Scrub off dried baking soda with dry scrub brush or pad and brush out of oven.
Rinse oven with water to remove any residue.
Note: You may have to do this a few times depending on how dirty your oven is. Yes, it requires a bit of elbow grease but it’s a better alternative to using caustic chemicals.
HOW TO GET RID OF COUNTER TOP STAINS (Top)
A paste made of baking soda and water, and a little elbow grease, will remove coffee and tea stains from your counter top.
HOW TO CLEAN A MICROWAVE OVEN (Top)
Place a mug of water in your microwave and nuke it on high for three minutes.
Do not remove from microwave for a couple more minutes, just let it sit.
Wipe the inside of the microwave with a clean cloth.
Note: To eliminate odours, add a lemon slice or a splash of vinegar to the water.
HOW TO GET STAINS OFF PORCELAIN (Top)
Rub with baking soda or cream of tartar and a damp sponge. Then wash as usual.
HOW TO MAKE STAINLESS STEEL SHINE AGAIN (Top)
Wipe down your stainless steel sink with vinegar or club soda. Then dry it with a clean cloth.
HOW TO UNCLOG A DRAIN (Top)
Pour 1/2 cup borax into the drain, then slowly pour in 2 cups boiling water.
Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water.
Repeat for stubborn clogs.
HOW TO GET RID OF HEAVY SINK STAINS (Top)
This works on stainless steel and porcelain sinks and toilets. Make a paste of 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice.
Use a cloth or sponge and rub it into the stain, then rinse with running water.
HOW TO CLEAN STOVE TOPS (Top)
Simply use vinegar. Vinegar will cut through and break down the grease and food splatters.
Note: For really nasty stove tops sprinkle on some baking soda and give it a good scrub first.
HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL (Top)
Just use a spray bottle with some undiluted vinegar.
Spray on stainless steel and rub with a soft cleaning cloth.
HOW TO CLEAN MARBLE COUNTER TOPS (Top)
In a spray bottle combine a tablespoon of borox to a couple cups of warm water.
Shake till borox is disolved in the water.
Spray on the marble surface and wipe with a soft cleaning cloth.
Note: DO NOT USE VINEGAR! Acidic solutions may react with the surface causing etching. In fact, juice and wine spills or anything acidic should be wiped up immediatly from marble surfaces.
HOW TO KEEP MOLD AND MILDEW AWAY (Top)
Just fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray on areas mold and mildew builds. No need to rinse or wipe off, just let it dry naturally.
Do this a couple times a week. In time you should notice a vast improvement.
HOW TO GET RID OF SHOWER SCUM (Top)
Equal parts Epsom salts and liquid dish detergent. Use to scour tiles.
HOW TO PREVENT SHOWER MOLD AND MILDEW (Top)
Keep a squeegee in the shower and squeegee tiles after each shower.
HOW TO GET RID OF MILDEW AROUND THE TUB(Top)
Spray oxygen bleach on paper towels and leave them on affected areas overnight.
In the morning, just rinse with water.
HOW TO GET RID OF MILDEW ON TILES AND GROUT (Top)
Mix ¾ cup oxygen bleach with 1 gallon of water.
Wipe on tiles and grout and when the stains fade away, rinse with water.
HOW TO PREVENT MILDEW ON SHOWER CURTAINS (Top)
Before you hang new shower curtains, dip them in salt water. Mildew hates it.
HOW TO GET RID OF MILDEW ON SHOWER CURTAINS (Top)
To clean mildew off shower curtains put them in your washing machine with an old towel and 1/2 cup baking soda or ½ cup of oxygen bleach.
HOW TO PREVENT SOAP SCUM ON SHOWER DOORS (Top)
After cleaning, wipe down your shower doors with baby oil. It will prevent buildup of scum and hard water deposits.
HOW TO GET RID OF BATHTUB RINGS (Top)
Rub the ring with a sponge saturated with baking soda.
HOW TO PREVENT TOILET BOWL RINGS (Top)
To keep toilet rings away, pour ½ gallon of vinegar into the toilet before you go to bed.
When you get up just flush. Et voila—no ring!
Do this about once a week.
Note: For really stubborn toilet bowl stains try this.
Make a paste out of borax and lemon juice.
Make sure the toilet is wet. Then rub the paste into the ring. Let stand for two hours and scrub it off.
HOW TO GET RID OF MINERAL DEPOSITS ON YOUR TAPS (Top)
Apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar to the faucets.
Cover with a damp washcloth and let stand for an hour.
HOW TO CLEAN WINDOW BLINDS (Top)
Vacuum or dust off blinds to remove as much dust/dirt as possible.
Dampen a clean cloth with vinegar and Wipe blinds.
HOW TO GET STAINS OUT OF A CARPET (Top)
(1)Combine some baking soda and vinegar to form a paste.
Rub into spot with an old toothbrush.
Let it dry and vacuum.
Note: You may have to do this a couple times to completely remove the stain.
(2)Remove stubborn stains from carpets. Before you try this, test it on an inconspicuous area.
Thoroughly dampen the area, then rub in some borax.
Let the area dry, then vacuum.
Repeat if necessary.
HOW TO CLEAN CARPETS USING A STEAM CARPET CLEANER (Top)
Fill carpet cleaner with equal amounts of water and vinegar.
This will clean and deodorize the carpet at the same time.
HOW TO CLEAN UP MOUSE DROPPINGS SAFELY (Top)
Mouse droppings are potentially toxic. Spray them down with oxygen bleach.
Put on a mask and gloves and wipe up the droppings with a wet cloth.
Clean the area well and re-spray with oxygen bleach.
Note: Never vacuum mouse droppings! It will just send the toxins into the air.
HOW TO REMOVE CRAYON MARKS FROM WALLS (Top)
Scrub with vinegar and an old toothbrush.
The vinegar will break down the wax and the marks should disappear.
HOW TO KEEP MOTHS AWAY FROM CLOTHING (Top)
To keep moths out of your clothes, sprinkle bay leaves around in your dresser drawers.
HOW TO CLEAN FRUITS AND VEGTABLES (Top)
All you need is a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
For hard skinned fruits and veggies just spray it on and rub a bit with a clean cloth. Rinse it off with water.
For soft skin fruits and veggies fill a bowl with vinegar solution from above and allow to sit for a couple minutes. Rinse off with water.
HOW TO REMOVE STAINS FROM CLOTHING (Top)
Simply soak the stain in vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Wash as usual.
Note: If the stain isn’t completely gone more drastic steps may be needed.
Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and rub into the stain.
Wash as usual.