Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you face the prospect of the occasional full-scale cleaning process that hits all the nooks and crannies you usually ignore. The problem with cleaning your home from top to bottom is that the usual assortment of off the shelf-cleaners can contain harsh and sometimes dangerous chemicals like ammonia, bleach, and hydrochloric acid.
Exposing yourself, your family, and pets to all those chemicals all at the same probably doesn’t make your to-do list. Still, you may wonder, what else can do you?
Keep reading and we’ll give you some green cleaning tips that call for fewer harsh, dangerous chemicals.
1. White Vinegar and Baking Soda for Shower Heads
Your shower head will accumulate soap scum and even get clogged with mineral deposits if you have hard water. One solution for those problems is white vinegar and baking soda.
Mix a bit of both in a bag and secure the bag over the shower head. Slowly add hot water into the bag until the water covers the whole shower head and let it sit for a little while. For especially clogged or dirty shower heads, remove the head and soak it the same mixture overnight.
2. Microwave Sponges
It’s easy for anyone to grab a sponge and wipe up basic spills in the kitchen. Unfortunately, rinsing it off doesn’t really clean the sponge off. That makes it an ideal spot for bacterial growth.
Fortunately, throwing a wet sponge into the microwave at full power for a couple of minutes kills virtually all bacteria.
3. Vinegar and Water for Windows
You can take a pass on the ammonia-based window cleaners. All you need is some white vinegar, water, and a spray bottle.
Mix warm water and the white vinegar in a 50/50 mixture, spray it on and wipe off. You can use the same mixture on mirrors as well.
4. Vinegar and Oil for Wood
Believe it or not, a teaspoon or two of olive oil mixed with a cup of white vinegar makes an incredibly effective wood furniture cleaner. The vinegar dislodges dirt and grime, while the oil protects the wood and its finish.
5. Reuse Your Dryer Sheets
A used dryer sheet isn’t just trash, but an opportunity for a cleaner, better-smelling space. Dryer sheets do a great job of trapping dust along baseboards, moldings, and computer monitors.
You can also toss a used dryer sheet into the bottom of your kitchen or bathroom trash can. It helps reduce some of the smell.
Parting Thoughts on Green Cleaning Tips
Deploying the green cleaning tips above can help you minimize the total amount of harsh, dangerous chemicals you expose yourself or family to over time. Use less toxic alternatives, like white vinegar and baking soda, is the real core of green cleaning. They generally produce similar results without the downsides.
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