I found a really cool article in my newspaper a little over a week ago. It was all about spring cleaning…the green way.
The thing is, I’ve always been into chemical-free cleaners, even before the whole “green” movement began. I grew up in a home where my mom used Melaleuca, which is a company that makes chemical-free stuff. Everything from cleaners to makeup to personal care products. Soooo, it’s always been something I enjoyed.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned company is just like every other company out there (in my cheapskate opinion): overpriced. When I can make “green” cleaners for less than half the price, I’m gonna do it. That’s why I loved this article. It shared a lot of cleaning ideas that I already knew, but a few new ones as well. I especially love this all purpose cleaner recipe:
- Citrus peels
Fill a quart sized glass jar with citrus peels. This doesn’t need to be done all at once. Whenever you eat a citrus, just put the peel in the jar. When it is sufficiently full, pour vinegar over the peels to cover. Let the mixture sit for at least two and a half weeks. The vinegar will take on an orange/golden hue and smell powerfully of citrus. Fill half a spray bottle with citrus-vinegar, straining as you pour. Fill the rest with water. Use with a rag to clean, well, anything! It works well on sinks, mirrors, windows, floors, wooden chairs, and counters. Best of all, this is made with the citrus peels you’d otherwise be throwing out! (recipe from Penniless Parenting, MCT)
Here are the basic recipes and techniques to get you started with your green cleaning, which I’m telling you, will save you some major green!!
Glass cleaner -
Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or old newspaper
Countertops and bathroom tile -
Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.
Mix 4 cups white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for scent. After damp mopping the floors, the vinegar smell will dissipate quickly.
Wood furniture -
Mix equal parts lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth and rub onto the furniture.
Mold and mildew -
Wipe with straight vinegar