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As the world of green cleaning grows, the shelves are being lined with products that claim to be natural and eco-friendly. Some companies are actually taking the time to research and utilize natural plant-derived ingredients and use recycled and bio-degradable bottles. For the rest, the term green-washing comes to mind as the best way to describe their new cleaning products. Just creating a beautiful label with wild flowers and leaves does not mean the product is natural. Just as with food and skin-care the best way to know if a product is green is to read the label. Watch for my next post on a list of cleaning products I am currently reviewing to see which are truly eco-friendly, safe-to-use and work!

If you want to be sure of what is in your household cleaning product, another option you have is to make it yourself. With a few key items you can find in your kitchen pantry, you can create a sparkling, clean and eco-friendly environment in your home. You may have already heard about the amazing cleaning properties of baking soda, vinegar and lemon. Here are a few trust tips and uses that you may not have heard of:

Keep Your Coffee Pot Clean Naturally

After weeks or months of a daily (organic) grind, your coffee pot may need a bit of freshening up. Your coffee will taste better when the coffee maker is clean, naturally.

  • Fill the water carafe with one part white distilled vinegar (organic if possible) to two parts water and turn on the machine
  • Once the cycle is complete, let the water/vinegar solution cool in the coffee pot.
  • Next, spill the water/vinegar and run 2 cycles with using water
  • Finally, rinse the coffee pot with warm water and soap
  • Enjoy an amazing cup of coffee once again

Clean That Cutting Board

Cutting boards tend to build up stains and smells over time. Especially for those of us who love adding garlic and onions to our cuisine, that cutting board can become a lovely array of odors. To get those smells gone, try this simple solution.

  • Cut a lemon in half
  • Rub the surface of the cutting board with the lemon (use it as a sponge)
  • Just rinse and wipe dry…sniff test…and voila, no more smell

Got A Clog?

Traditionally, a clogged drain means one of two things; either a call to a local plumber or reaching for a poisonous bottle of a drain cleaner. There is another option to try naturally before turning to the toxic solution. (If you have already used the commercial drain cleaner and it is still in the pipe, this is not a good option. It might be time to call in a professional).

  • Try to remove as much of the clog in the drain as you can reach
  • Mix 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt, ½ cup of white vinegar
  • Pour the solution down the clogged drain and wait 15-20 minutes
  • Pour a pitcher of boiling water down the drain

Clean Those Countertops

The store shelf filled with countless kitchen cleaning products will definitely get your countertops clean. But, so will baking soda. A quick easy way to get those countertops and porcelain sinks gleaming again is a simple paste made from baking soda and water.

  • Simply mix the two ingredients in a bowl until the consistency of a thick paste is reached
  • Use small amounts to rub the entire surface
  • Finish with a wash of warm water and enjoy!

The Toilet Bowl Blues

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear about eco-friendly cleaning is aimed at the toilet bowl – “Will natural cleaning options be good enough to really clean the toilet?” The answer is yes, you can turn to vinegar, baking soda and a bit of citrus oil to keep the toilet dazzling and clean. Here are a few key tips to implement without the use of harsh toxic commercial products:

  • Make a paste out of borax and lemon juice
  • Flush the toilet bowl then rub the paste in with a toilet brush
  • Let it stand for two hours, then scrub it off
  • Flush and enjoy!

OR

  • Once a month, pour in around ½ gallon of white vinegar and let it sit overnight
  • The next morning, flush and enjoy the clean!

OR

  • Pour in one cup of baking soda
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes
  • Flush and enjoy your odor free bowl
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13 Responses to “5 Green Ideas For A Naturally Clean Home”

  1. Julio says:

    Great tips, the only thing is if I mention them to my wife, I will be the one testing them out. :)

    We use baking soda a lot, but I’m not crazy about the vinegar. My mom used vinegar for many things from cleaning to remedies and I think I’ve developed a phobia to the smell.

  2. Carla says:

    I used to really dislike the smell of white vinegar, but I have gotten used to it. The good thing about vinegar is that once it dries, the smell dissipates.

  3. Suzie says:

    I run a vinegar and water solution through my coffee pot but instead of pouring it out, I will fill the tray under my dish drainer with it and after sitting for awhile (or until I get back to it) hard water stains scrub off easily. The mixture can be used on anything that gets hard water stains and here in New England, that is just about anything that holds water.

  4. Great tips. You can use baking soda and vinegar all over the house for nearly any cleaning needs. I like to mop the floors with strong mix of vinegar and water.

    I actually like the smell of vinegar. At least, I like it more than the toxic fumes wafting out of traditional cleaning agents.

  5. Money Funk says:

    Couldn’t you use Apple Cider Vinegar? Might smell better.

    I us a small amount of water and baking soda in the coffee pot. Rubs those coffee stains right off the carafe!

    Thanks for the tips.

  6. jaye says:

    I tried the baking soda paste thing on my stove a few weeks back. It was the biggest mess ever! I will never try that again. It took so long to clean up and it didn’t even clean the stove. I had to go in with 409 to finish the job.

    If you need to clean up pet “accidents” the best thing is borax and vinegar! Sprinkle the carpet with borax to absorb the smell and vacuum up then spray the area with vinegar and steam clean up. I know that there will be a vinegar smell for a few days but it goes away fast.

  7. Patrick says:

    Baking soda and Vinegar work wonders. They are so inexpensive, yet can be used in just about any cleaning application throughout our homes.

    The smell of vinegar is a little strong, but nowhere close to the smell of dangerous chemical cleaners.

  8. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the tips! I need to try the borax and lemon. While my toilet is clean I have stains I can’t seem to get rid of. Maybe this would work.

  9. For toilets, I keep a spray bottle of straight vinegar nearby and spray it in once or twice a week, then scrub with the brush as usual. If there’s a stain going on, I sprinkle baking soda in and then proceed. SO easy and safe – I often take care of it while the kids are in the bath, and I could never do that if I used conventional bleach-based cleaners. Great post!

  10. One of the best things about using items like baking soda and vinegar for cleaners is that my kids can now help. They love using the scrub brush and pretending they are Cinderella, at least for now, and I am happy to let them go at it.

  11. Great tips! I will definitely be trying some! :)

  12. Nice tips! I love lemon as a cleaner . . .


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