Simple Recipes for Green Cleaning

Do you know what is in your cleaning products? Harmful chemicals, ammonia and acids, some cleaners even contain pesticides. Chemicals like this can actually make bacteria stronger, and more resistant to antibacterial drugs. Here are some “at-home” solutions to safely clean around your humble-abode.

Tile and Porcelain:

  1. Baking soda and water: dust surfaces with baking soda, the scrub with a moist sponge. If you have some really tough grime, add kosher salt and some elbow grease.
  2. Lemon juice or vinegar: Stains, mildew or grease? Spray or soak with lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub off.

Windows and Mirrors:

  1. White vinegar, water and newspaper: mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, add to a spray bottle and squirt away! Scrub with a newspaper, paper towels leave streaks.

Carpets and Rugs:

  1. Beat any removable rug with a broom to get dust out.
  2. Club soda: actually works well on carpet stains, but you need to act fast. Pour club soda on the stain immediately and blot with a rag.
  3. Cornmeal: for big spills dump cornmeal on the mess and wait for about 5 to 15 minutes and vacuum up the gunk.

Wood Floors:

  1. Mix a solution of ¼ cup of white vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water, put in a spray bottle and then spray a rag or towel lightly damp. Then mop your floors while scrubbing the grime.

Too busy to be a scientist and create all these mixtures? Read: 10 Green Cleaning Products by Real Simple magazine.