Green Cleaning Tips that Save Money

Green Cleaning Tips that Save MoneyYou can keep the porcelain and tile in your bathrooms and kitchens spotless and hygienic with easy to find, everyday, natural cleansers. Try sprinkling baking soda on the soiled area and then moisten a sponge or cloth to scrub the dirt away. If you have tougher dirt and grime, you can sprinkle on some kosher salt, apply some pressure and the dirt is gone.

Lemon juice or vinegar will remove stains, mildew and grease streaks. Spray or pour the lemon juice or vinegar on the porcelain or tile area, let stand a few minutes and scrub off with a stiff brush. If you would like to disinfect your kitchen or bathroom and do not wish to use bleach, there is an alternative. You can make your own disinfect by combining two cups of water, three tablespoons of liquid soap with twenty or thirty drops of tea tree oil. It’s easy, it works and it will save you money on expensive brand name disinfectants.

Kitchen counters, where food is prepared, stored and enjoyed requires careful cleaning. Spills, splatters and crumbs can build up and collect in places that are not easily noticed. This could encourage harmful bacteria to grow. A great, simple cleaner for your food preparation area is baking soda and water. Sprinkle the soda on your counters and wipe up with a wet cloth or sponge. For stubborn stains, you can make a paste of baking soda and water to soak the stain away. This same paste can be used on stainless steel sinks, food containers, cutting boards and appliances.

Advertising is bombarded with antibacterial this and antibacterial that. Studies have shown that these antibacterial products and hand cleaners do not work any better than plain old soap and water. Antibacterial products can actually increase the risk of spreading bacteria.

There are so many green, money saving products you already have in your home. Here is a tip for cleaning windows without using the window cleaning products you purchase at the store. Try mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Lemon juice or club soda can be substituted for vinegar. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy use. Spray the mixture onto windows and wipe dry with a newspaper. If you don’t like getting newsprint on your hands, you can use packing paper. It is newspaper without the ink and can be purchased inexpensively at storage facilities or moving companies.

Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clean almost anything. Mix either item with a little warm water to make an all-purpose cleaner. With the green scene becoming more and more popular, companies are coming up with products you can purchase instead of making your own at home. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources that do not use petroleum. Whether you mix your own or purchase green products, you will still be using cleaning products without chemicals or toxins.

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