Green Cleaning 101

Cleaning is something we do in our daily lives, so the cleaning methods we use can add up pretty quickly. Commercial cleaning products can be expensive to so making some Clean Green mixtures will be easy on the environment and your pocketbook. The most common ingredients you will need for these green cleaning supplies are water, vinegar, salt, baking soda, and lemon juice.

Wood Polish—Mix 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice. Apply with a soft cloth.

Vinyl—Straight lemon juice rubbed on the stain.

Windows—4 tablespoons of lemon juice in a gallon of water. Some people say to use old newspapers but a lint-free rag or old cotton t-shirt will do.

Paint Odors—Small dishes of vinegar randomly placed in the area where you are painting will absorb the fuses.

Metal Cleaning—For copper or brass antiques make a paste of equal parts salt, vinegar, and flour. Rub on, let dry, rub off—it’s that easy! A slice of lemon dipped in salt then rubbed onto tarnished metal, and then rinsed and dried is another easy way.

Fireplaces—Soot stains on the exterior can be lifted away with a paste made of cream of tartar and water. Rub it on, let it dry, and rub it off! Throwing some salt in the burning fire will also help loosen soot and make maintenance cleanings easier.

Bare Floors—1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon warm water. If your vinyl or linoleum still needs a little shine boost straight club soda is the ticket for a little extra shine.

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