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Green Cleaners

Help for your wallet and the environment.

When my husband and I first moved in together, he joked that it looked like I was the one living in a bachelor pad. While he had items for a fully appointed kitchen, a living room set, and a full box of cleaning supplies, all my belongings fit in my car and all I had for cleaning was an old broom and a spray bottle filled with vinegar. My reasons weren't green at the time – I was just cheap and lazy.

Today we still have no commercial cleaning supplies on hand, but our reasons have changed. Frankly, we don't want a bunch of toxic chemicals coating everything and we definitely don't want the fumes. The increased saving of making out own cleaners is just a fringe benefit of selecting green cleaners.

 

For windows and general disinfecting, we use a spray bottle filled with one part water and one part vinegar. I sometimes use straight vinegar on kitchen counters. Vinegar also cuts through grease wonderfully. If the scent bothers you, you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the mixture.

 

For deep scrubbing I use baking soda. It works the same as scouring powder. Sprinkling baking soda in the toilet then adding a bit of vinegar bubbles away the rings in no time. Baking soda and vinegar also works to clean bathroom tiles and grout. Hard water spots no more!

 

For wood polish we combine ¼ cup vinegar with three or four drops of jojoba oil. Our wood furniture has a deep luster and shine. The vinegar cuts through grime and fingerprints perfectly.