Why is Green Cleaning Important?
Well, three wonderful reasons:
(1) It’s better for the environment–no nasty chemicals heading down your drain and (eventually) into your drinking water.
(2) It’s better for you–no danger from chemical burns, no toxic smells in your house, no worry that your child will break open the cabinet lock and find your stash of bleach and ammonia, and decide that it’s science fair time.
(3) Budget, baby! It’s much cheaper to buy a big container of white vinegar and a box of baking soda than it is to invest in the 50 million different cleaning products you need just to keep your kitchen sink clean.
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- liquid soap (dish-wash soap, to be used sparingly, as a little goes a long way!)
- Scouring pad
- Cotton washcloth or a sponge
- Cotton rag without much lint
- 16 oz. spray bottle
And then go to town trying out these Green cleaning recipes:
- Tub and sink cleaner: Baking soda, liquid soap
Sprinkle baking soda on fixtures and rub with wet rag. Add a little liquid soap. Rinse well to avoid leaving a hazy film.
- Window and mirror cleaner: White vinegar, water
Put 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the spray bottle and fill to the top with water. Spray on the surface. Rub with a lint-free rag. For outdoor windows, use a sponge and wash with warm water with a few drops of liquid soap in it. Rinse well and squeegee dry.
- Linoleum floor cleaner: White vinegar, water
Mop with a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar in a bucket (pail) of warm water. The vinegar odor will go away shortly after the floor dries. This works with those ever-popular Swiffer-style mops too. Instead of buying the throw-away mopping pads, simply take a washcloth, dunk in the vinegar water, squeeze out excess, attach to Swiffer, and mop away! Rinse and repeat as needed.
- Toilet bowl cleaner: Baking soda, liquid soap
Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl as you would any scouring powder. Add a couple drops of soap in also. Scrub with a toilet bowl brush and finish outside surfaces with a rag sprinkled with baking soda.
- Oven cleaner: Baking soda, water
Mix 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to oven surfaces and let stand a little while. Use the scouring pad for scrubbing most surfaces. A spatula or a bread knife is effective to get under large food deposits. This recipe will require more scrubbing effort, but it is not toxic to you or your child. Commercial oven cleaners are severe irritants. NOTE: Do not use this cleaner recipe on self-cleaning ovens.
- Drain cleaner: Baking soda, white vinegar, boiling water
This recipe will free minor clogs and helps to prevent future clogs, so don’t wait until the sink is stopped up–do this weekly! Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain first, then 1/2 cup vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes. Then pour down a teakettle full of boiling water.