Spring Cleaning

Baking SodaMy mission this year is to be Green about how I clean the house. Looking for a few tips I came across Green America’s article Ten Simple Ways to Clean Green.  I learned that baking soda and vinegar make a perfect toilet bowl cleaner. I also learned that you should not premix these ingredients… remember making volcanos in elementary school? …Yes, same ingredients… the front of my dishwasher has never been so clean. I now just pour the baking soda and vinegar into the toilet, quick and simple and fun to watch the foaming action.

Here is an excerpt from the article.

The Basic Ten

Stock your cupboards with these ten products, and you can clean just about anything:

    1. White vinegar: An antifungal that also kills germs and bacteria.
    2. Baking soda: Eliminates odors and works as a gentle scouring powder.
    3. Borax: Borax, the common name for the natural mineral compound sodium borate, eliminates odors, removes dirt, and acts as an antifungal and possible disinfectant. Use with care around children and pets, as it can be toxic if swallowed.
    4. Hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration): A great nontoxic bleach and stain remover, as well as a proven disinfectant.
    5. Club soda (fresh): A stain remover and polisher.
    6. Lemon juice: A pleasant-smelling nontoxic bleach, grease-cutter, and stain remover.
    7. Liquid castile soap: An all-purpose cleaner, grease-cutter, and disinfectant. “Castile” means the soap is vegetable-based, not animal-fat-based.
    8. Corn meal: Great at picking up carpet spills.
    9. Olive oil: Makes a wonderful furniture polish.
    10. Pure essential oils: Adding all-natural, organic essential oils to your cleaning concoctions can add wonderful scents to your housekeeping endeavors. Some—such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and tea tree oils—also may have antibacterial, antifungal, or insect-repelling properties.