Green Cleaning is now a thing and Here's How to Do it:
Being green is definitely a thing nowadays and this term keeps on expanding, overtaking every possible aspect of our lives – that green smoothie to start the day with, the food we eat, the clothes we wear and apparently the way we clean as well.
Natural cleaning is proven to be safer for your family, better for the environment, and even can come cheaper.
The green method of maintaining your home and/or your workplace brightly spotless refers to using only environmentally friendly products, which do not emit any pollutants. We seem to care about nature and the planet we inhabited more and more, so there’s no way you’ve missed being lectured about the environmental impact of cleaning agents and how their chemical compound is destroying the fragile state of the Earth.
Like everything which claims to be green, green cleaning tends to have a positive effect on our health as well or at least not causing any damage at all.
Cleaning agents can indeed be bioactive and the consequences of using them range from mild to severe.
According to the Committee on Science & Technology, approximately 95% of synthetic chemicals used in fragrances are directly derived from petroleum. Petroleum-based chemicals have been shown to alter hormones and cause health issues such as cancers, neurological disorders, weakening of the immune system, learning disabilities, allergies, infertility – just about everything – not to mention that they can be accidentally swallowed by your pet or even your little kid and cause severe harm.
In summary, by choosing Green Cleaning you:
- Reduce water pollution;
- Help in maintaining better air quality;
- Reduce exposure to allergy-causing substances and pollutants that may cause numerous diseases;
So basically, cut the chemicals and head straight to your kitchen to find something else to use instead.
We present you our list of proven in time DIY green cleaners:
The Baking soda is essential, when it comes to homemade cakes but there are dozens of ways to use it as an eco-friendly cleaner as well.
- Baking Soda
All you have to do in order to create your own natural cleaning detergent is to put a few tablespoons of baking soda in a container and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. You can sprinkle this mix onto any surface and give it a good wipe with a clean, damp cloth. The baking soda will do the rest by cutting through the grime and the essential oils will leave your preferable fresh scent.
Pro Tip: Use tea tree oil if you want not only to clean but disinfect surfaces as well. This kind of essential oil will kill the germs by giving your room long-term fresh scent (which will protect you from mosquitoes as well).
9 more ways to use baking soda as a cleaner:
- Remove stains from plastic food containers (if the spot is extremely tough to clean – soak it with warm water and a spoon of baking soda for at least five minutes and try to wipe it afterwards, use the same trick to deep-clean extra greasy dishes or pans).
- By rubbing baking soda you can refresh a foul-smelling fridge.
- It’s always better if you clean store-bought fruits and veggies before consuming them, to do so - mix baking soda with water. This will remove the dirt and the waxy coating that covers the products from the supermarket.
- You can get rid of the musty smell of your upholstery, that had spent some time in the basement, by sprinkling it with baking soda.
- Mildew in the bathroom – put some baking soda on it.
- The baking soda is one of the safest products to use when you need to clean the stovetops. Pour it directly onto a damp sponge and scrub until all food residue is gone.
- You know how new shoes come with these little packages, which absorb the nasty smell – well, use baking soda to achieve the same effect.
- Your silver jewellery needs some refreshment – soak them in baking soda and gently brush them with an old toothbrush – you’ll be amazed by the result.
- You can clean the toilet bowls by mixing a ¼ cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar - pour the solution into the basin, and scrub with a brush.
Pro Tip: You can mix baking soda with your face cleaner and create your own gentle face exfoliant, which does not contain microplastics (those are bad for the environment, you know). Don’t use it too often though (limit it to twice a week at max) and do not exfoliate your face if you have some skin irritations or infections, because you can make them even worse.
You can create a body scrub just as easy. Mix your body wash with dried coffee sediment and massage it onto your skin (have in mind that the coffee is claimed to fight cellulite - this is one hell of a good reason to give it a go).
And since we’ve mentioned vinegar – here’s a list of things that you can use this salad dressing for, which happens to be an all-purpose green cleaner as well:
- A few squirts of vinegar may do wonders when it comes to the stubborn mould and mildew in your bathroom. Just let it soak for a few hours (during the night while you dream a little dream of clean) and then scrub it away.
- You can make your own all-natural, all-purpose cleaner by mixing a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, ¾ cup of water and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake well and use directly onto any surface that needs to be cleaned.
- Make all the glass surfaces great again by spilling some vinegar on a recycled newspaper and polish the windows and mirrors in your home.
- If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative of the rinse agent you use for your dishwasher – put some vinegar in its dispenser instead.
- A mix of equal parts of vinegar and water will give you an all-purpose floor mopping green alternative.
- The annoying sweat stains which tend to ruin all of yours white T-Shirts can be removed if you soak the clothing in а solution, consisting of about 60 ml of white vinegar and enough water to cover the spot. Leave it overnight and then wash (with eco-friendly laundry soap, of course).
- If rust is what bothers you – soak the rusty tools in white vinegar for about 20 minutes and gently brush them afterwards.
- You can deodorize your toilet by pouring approximately 100-150 ml of white vinegar into the bowl and let it sit for 15 minutes – then flush and you’re done.
- The hard water deposits on your tub or glass shower doors are pretty irritating. If you want to get rid of them take a pot, pour about 250 ml of white vinegar and heat it (no need for boiling though). Spray it onto the surface and wait for 15 minutes then wipe and it should be just fine.
- In case you need a decent hardwood floor cleaning solution - mix 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of vinegar and 10 drops of peppermints essential oil.
- An equal solution of vinegar and water mixed with 15 drops of some kind of antiseptic essential oil (i.e lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, pine etc.) will help you in removing scuff marks. First, you should sprinkle them with baking soda and then spray the mixture over it. A few seconds of fizzing before scrubbing the floor should do the trick.
- 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water is the right recipe for the long postpone overall kitchen cleaning.
- Equal parts olive oil and vinegar are equal to the best DIY version of floor polish.
- You can clean the clogged drains by pouring vinegar down the drain. Let it sit for half an hour and flush it away with cold water.
- Mould on your bathroom tiles – spray it with vinegar and let it stay for 5 minutes, then rinse and enjoy the result.
- The mineral deposits on showerheads may vanish if you soak them in vinegar. Just pour it in a plastic bag, which you should secure with rubber bands. Let it soak like this overnight and rinse in the morning.
Equal parts of white vinegar and water may manage to handle even tough to clean carpet stains, so you can give this DIY mixture a go. Just spray it directly on the spot and let it sit for several minutes, then clean the affected area with a scrub brush or a sponge soaked in soapy water.
Pro Tip: If you’re a traditional kind of guy who uses vinegar only onto salads – don’t spill it in the ones that contain tomatoes – it’s just not that tasty (plus you know that tomato may not go well with vanilla ice cream but is still a fruit, right).
Lemons are quite refreshing, especially during the summer, and tend to make even water to taste somehow different in a good way but did you know that you can use this citrus in your green cleaning routine as well. So when life hands you lemons, you can make yourself not only lemonade but a green cleaner too.
- You can polish all metal surfaces with lemon juice and a bit of table salt. By doing so, you’ll manage to keep all chrome and stainless steel tools in your kitchen shiny and spotless.
- For a green alternative to furniture polish solutions, mix two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice. Rub the mixture into your wooden furniture with a clean cloth or kitchen paper and enjoy. Remember to put the solution on a small area first to assure that there are no signs of discolouration.
- You can make your own all-natural, all-purpose cleaner by mixing ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, a ¾ cup of water and 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Shake well and use directly onto any surface that needs to be cleaned.
- You can clean the stubborn spots in your microwave and aromatize it at the same time with the help of just one lemon.
Mix half a cup of water (in a bowl that’s ok to be put in the microwave) with the juice of one lemon and put the citrus halves in it. Then microwave for about 3 minutes and let it sit for 5 more minutes without opening the door - the steam is the key factor here. You can go from there – just rub inside and out and see the result.
- Use lemon and salt without involving tequila to clean your wooden cutting board. Sprinkle some salt onto it and then use one half of the citrus over it – let sit for a few minutes and scrub. Your board will not only be cleaned but will smell fresh as well. You can use the same trick onto your butcher block countertops.
- Freshen the garbage disposal and kick away the funky smell by throwing in some ice cubes, a handful of kosher salt, and a few lemon peels. Turn it on, grind it up and enjoy the freshness.
Have you ever imagined to properly clean your blender without taking it apart? Well, the lemon comes to save the day. Fill the blender halfway with warm water, a drop of environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid, and one coarsely chopped lemon. Blend it for about a minute or two and voilà - it’s done.
Pro Tip: If you enjoy lemons, in general, you can use them to down your temperature when you’ve caught some terrible flu. Just mix 2 spoons of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink it. If more than an hour has passed and there’s still no effect, you’d better call your doctor.
Salt – the spice which used to be measured as gold – can nowadays be found in each and every kitchen around the world and can be used as a natural cleaner as well.
- Table salt may work wonders, when it comes to greasy stains on your clothes. If you’ve just ruined your shirt by spilling something oily on it – no matter if it is vegetable or animal fat – just sprinkle some table salt onto it (the sooner you do this, the better) and let the spot dry. The stain may not vanish immediately but at least it will become much less visible and will surely be washed away.
- The trick mentioned above will do, if you’re dealing with wine spills as well. Remember – you should act as fast as you can. This trick can even save your carpet (and in case it doesn’t, you can always count on us and our professional cleaners instead).
- If some of your meal has spilled in your still-warm oven, pour some salt on it and let it soak the spill up. Enjoy your dinner and when the oven cools off, wipe the spot with a damp sponge.
- Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink once a week to deodorize and keep grease from building up and clogging up the drains.
- The annoying rings left by beverage glasses and hot dishes, which leave stains on wooden tables, are the reason why some people have dozens of various sized pads, but when the damage is already done, you can gently rub a thin paste of salt and vegetable oil on the white marks and deal with them once and for all.
- Your glass coffee pod needs a good clean – well take this from a waitress and put some salt and ice cubes in it, swirl around, and rinse.
- If you have to hang your laundry outdoors during winter, you know that the clothes start to look like icicles. To prevent them from freezing, just add salt in the final laundry rinse.
- While we’re on the topic of winter, you can use salt to de-ice sidewalks and driveways. This is probably the oldest trick in the book but we just couldn't stop ourselves from mentioning it. Don’t overdo it though, because too much salt can do the same damage to plants and paws.
- When ants find your home rather attractive to settle down, sprinkle some salt at the doorways, window sills and any other place used by ants to sneak into your house – they really don’t like to walk on salt, so that’s one more problem solved by salt.
- A dash of salt added to the water in your vase will keep the cut flowers fresh much longer. (a tablet of aspirin or a dash of sugar is claimed to have the same effect).
Pro Tip: Salt can be used when you’ve got cold as well. According to a study, published by
NY Times nose drops and gargling salt water were shown to reduce the average length of the virus by up to two days.
By now your home should be bright and clean as never before but there’s still a little something that’s missing. We’re talking about the sweet aroma. which makes your place feels like home. So here’s some advice on how to:
Make your own natural eco-friendly air freshener
You can reduce the chemicals in your home by using aromatic stovetop potpourri instead of an air freshener.
The best part is that you can experiment with just about everything, which gives you the thrills. Apples, citrus fruits, cinnamon sticks, cloves, rose petals, essential oils, herbs or spices – the options are countless and your imagination is the limit.
All you have to do is take a pot and half fill it with water, then cut your favourite fruit into large chunks, add a handful of whole spices, turn the hop and keep it simmering on the stove to release its aroma.
Here’s some cozy potpourri blends you can try:
- Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves
- Lemon, Rosemary, Vanilla beans
- Orange, Ginger, Cinnamon sticks, Cloves
- Cinnamon sticks, Ginger, Cloves, Nutmeg (if you want something unusual, you can add black pepper, and dried chilli pepper to this mix)
- Lemon verbena, Rosemary, Peppermint
- Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Basil
- Pink rose petals, Pink carnation petals, Orris root powder
- Cinnamon stick, Cloves, Rose essential oil (or dry rose petals), Carnation petals
- Peony, Rosebud, Jasmine
- Green tea, Jasmine, Rose petals
- Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rosemary
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