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May 23

5 Green Cleaning Tips

When it comes to cleaning your home most people opt for a cabinet full of chemicals. What most people don’t know is that a few simple natural ingredients can replace the lot saving you money, your health and reducing your environmental impact.

Top Ingredients:

Vinegar: Vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent. It is a weak acetic acid which cleans, killing mold, bacteria and germs. White distilled vinegar is best.

Baking Soda: Non toxic and inexpensive, baking soda is a very useful cleaner.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is acidic and smells great.

Tips

1. Unblock Your Plughole Naturally

If your sink or shower is blocked try pouring boiling water down and if this doesn’t work try a plunger. If it really is blocked and you don’t fancy removing the U bend try vinegar and baking soda. Use 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 3/4 cup of white vinegar, leave to act then pour down boiling water to clear.

2. Use Natural Polish

Forget Mr Sheen, natural polishes are just as good or better. Bees wax is probably the best alternative, lemon juice with baby oil is an option and there are many commercially available 100% natural polishes.

3. Clean Tough Bathroom Stains Naturally

I don’t know about you but I find cleaning the bathroom tiles quite a chore! The grout can become full of mildew and even the sealant becomes discoloured. Mix some lemon juice and baking soda on a plate and use a toothbrush to clean the grout. Tiles can be wiped over with lemon juice and if you want to get rid of tough mildew stains leave lemon juice on the area for a while to act.

4. Easily Replace Glass Cleaner

Vinegar and water makes just as good a glass cleaner as those commercially available. Even water will do the trick if there are no tough stains. Simply mix 2 tsps with a gallon of water, dispense into a bottle and away you go! Lemon juice can be substitutes for vinegar if preferred.

5. Clean Stains With Baking Soda

I don’t know if you have seen the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry uses club soda to clean a wine stain. Unlike a lot of what Larry tries, this actually worked for him, and it can work for you too. If you spill something on your carpet or upholstery, liberally pour on some baking soda and water. The salts in the baking soda act to prevent staining.

I hope you enjoyed these tips, be sure to check out the other articles.

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