Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00
Written by Tonya Kay | Blog Entry
Beyond those noted in part 1 and part 2 of my natural home-cleaning series, here are a few more of the practical and Earth-friendly tips and tricks I've picked up over the years while investigating green home-cleaning solutions. If you have some eco-cleaning wisdom of your own that you think other readers might benefit from, please use the comments section below to share them.
- Light a match or burn a candle to eat up bad smells in the bathroom.
- Mix water, baking soda, salt and vinegar into your preferred consistency for an all-purpose cleaner.
- Place baking soda and tea-tree oil in toilets before scrubbing.
- Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 quart warm water for a streak-free window cleaner.
- Clean windows with crumpled-up newspaper and buff until shiny.
- For clogged drains, put on a pair of gloves and use a channel wrench to open up the easy-to-access plumbing under the sink; it's the only guaranteed solution.
- For clogged-drain wimps: pour baking soda down the drain/disposal, follow with vinegar and allow to foam for several minutes before flushing with boiling water.
- To clean porcelain, rub with cream of tartar sprinkled on a damp cloth.
- Cover hard-lime deposits around faucets with vinegar-soaked paper towels for one hour before cleaning to soften deposits.
- Prevent oven cleanup by placing a sheet of aluminum foil on the oven floor. Reuse the foil as many times as possible.
- Sprinkle salt on an oven spill while oven is still warm; scrape away the spill after oven is cooled and wipe clean.
- Clean cooking pans while still warm, before hard crusting.
- With burnt food in the pan, add more water and heat again to dissolve and soften burn residue before cleaning while still warm.
- Rub salt into copper pan stains with half a lemon.
- Add 1 cup of white vinegar to automatic dishwasher rinse.
- Grind lemon rinds and ice until pulverized in garbage disposal to disinfect and sharpen.
- Combine dish soap and hydrogen peroxide to lift red-wine stains like magic before your very eyes.
- Remove other stains on carpet and clothing with club soda.
- Remove heel marks on floors with a pencil eraser.
- Use toothpaste to clean your best silver.
- Clean chrome with undiluted vinegar.
- Clean stainless steel with a paste of baking soda and water.
- Clean brass with equal parts salt, flour and vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda in shoes to deodorize.
- Deter moths with Osage oranges, cedar chips, crumpled newspaper and lavender flowers.
Be sure to leave your environmental cleaning tips below!
Read Part 1: Environmentally Sound Methods of Cleaning Your House
Read Part 2: Think Like a Germ
Clearing the Air: Best Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality
My Body Is a Self-Cleaning Organism: Natural Body Cleansing Tips
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