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Go Green With Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Freshen Up Your Home the Natural, Non-Toxic Way

 

By Robert Nickell

Spring 2014 is here! Do you want to ensure that your spring cleaning efforts are both effective and earth-friendly? Then say no to all of the toxic, chemical-filled cleaning agents on the market this season. Instead, use these natural cleaning agents and methods to help get your home fresh and clean this spring while protecting the environment:

Natural Cleaning Agents:

Baking Soda
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural and inexpensive way to regulate the pH levels of either an acidic or alkaline substance. In layman’s terms, it works great for both cleaning household surfaces and keeping odors at bay. In fact, you probably have a box in your freezer right now! But did you know that its uses don’t stop there? Here are just a few tips for keeping your home sparkling using this age-old, economical and eco-friendly product:

*Make your own “soft scrub:  Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub bathtubs, sinks, and tiles the same as you would with the commercial brands. It’s great on greasy, stubborn pots and pans too!

*Polish silverware: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water and rub gently on the surface with a clean, dry cloth. Rinse thoroughly and let dry for a brilliant shine.

*Clean shower curtains:  Sprinkle directly on a damp sponge and scrub gently until the shower curtain comes clean. The baking soda neutralizes any odors here too!

*Give your liquid laundry detergent a boost: Just add ½ cup or so to your eco-friendly laundry detergent to make it work even harder. Baking soda will help to get your clothes cleaner, brighter, and fresher by balancing the pH levels.

*Get rid of grease and oil stains: Sprinkle baking soda on oil and grease spills on your garage floor and then scrub with a wet brush.

White Vinegar
Vinegar is a form of acetic acid that stems from the fermentation process of sugars and starches. Because it is derived naturally, it cannot harm humans, pets or the environment! It literally has 100’s of uses, but here are just a few tips for using it for household cleaning purposes:

*All purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and use as you would any commercial glass cleaner.

*Remove stickers and other ‘gummy substances’: Moisten the surface with vinegar and let stand for 10 minutes.

*Carpet spills: Pour the half and half mixture directly on the carpet stain, let sit for 5 minutes, then blot with a damp sponge and repeat as needed.

*Remove stubborn, corroded stains on shower heads and other fixtures: To do this, simply remove the fixtures and let them soak in vinegar overnight. Rinse them off in the morning and they are will sparkle!

*Remove strong odor from hands: After chopping onions or garlic, wipe your hands with vinegar. It works on stains from fruit juice too!

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