Green Cleaning Tips
You don’t have to worry that you’re not doing enough to save the earth from all the side effects of modern human lifestyles. Just adopt these eco-friendly practices for house cleaning!
These house cleaning tips will not only have your just as clean and spic and span than if you were using commercial cleaning agents, but you will also have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your actions will go a long way towards helping the earth heal from all the toxic waste that we dump on it. These ingredients are easily available in most supermarkets in Auckland. So, ready to have an eco-friendlier home? Here are some home cleaning tips that are as green as they get!
These DIY home cleaning recipes have been sourced from professional cleaners in the house cleaning industry. Pick and choose what works best for you and your home for the greenest and cleanest home cleaning that will make you proud of yourself.
- Make your own super-efficient toilet bowl cleaner by using borax to scrub, followed by simple vinegar to clean the outside. Sprinkling the brush with baking soda is itself enough to keep your toilet sparkling clean.
- For cleaning out grout in your bathroom tiles, first spray with a solution of vinegar and water in a 1:1 proportion (fill it in a spray bottle for ease of use). Follow up by brushing with a grout brush and rinsing with warm water. Then make a paste using baking soda and water and apply this on the grout lines using a toothbrush. Follow up with the vinegar-water solution. Rinse with warm water. See your grout lines disappear!
- For cleaning your floors, use 4 cups of white vinegar in about 2-3 liters of water (or 1 gallon). Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils that act both as a disinfectant and a perfume (such as peppermint oil or lemongrass oil). Mopping your floors with this solution gives a great smell and cleaner surfaces.
- To clean kitchen surfaces, while you can make solutions for specific needs, this all-purpose cleaner can do a good job on any kind of surface. Have a spray bottle handy and add vinegar (2 tablespoons), baking soda (1 teaspoon) and dish soap (1 teaspoon). After shaking the bottle well and letting it rest for a minute, fill it with warm water. Use as needed. Again, if you like your kitchen to smell extra nice (who doesn’t?) add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (orange blossom is particularly freshening for kitchens).
- To clean your carpets, first vacuum all the dust, pet hair, and other unwanted things out of your carpet. Mix a paste of vinegar, borax and salt in equal quantities (1/4 cup will be sufficient of each). Apply this to all the stains on your carpet. Follow up with a vacuum cleaning and then a steam cleaning. You don’t need any expensive and toxic carpet shampoos anymore!