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March 2018

Spring! It’s Time To Clean!

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It makes complete sense that cleaning the environment should start in the environment you live in; your home. Through my journey into a greener way of living I have run across key products that are a staple in this lifestyle. I hope you either are doing this already, or interested in starting. All these products are great, inexpensive and freshen the place you live.

Distilled White Vinegar

Use distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces, prevent or remove hard-water scale from the coffee pot, tub and toilet, as a window cleaner, and to remove labels from products or stickers from walls. A couple of tablespoons of ordinary olive oil in a cup of vinegar works well to dust and polish wood furniture.

 

Baking Soda

Especially in combination with salt, baking soda works well for scouring sinks and tubs, wiping down and deodorizing the refrigerator, removing smells and stains from carpets and upholstery Rub in, leave for an hour, shake or vacuum out.

Lemon Juice

Sprayed or rubbed on, lemon juice removes stains from countertops. Clean toilets with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Half a cut lemon left on a shelf will deodorize the fridge. Sprayed or rubbed on, straight lemon juice will remove mold and mildew from many surfaces.

Table Salt

One part table salt mixed with four parts each of borax and baking soda makes a good scouring powder for tubs, sinks and toilets. Adding a little vinegar to a teaspoon of salt makes a good scrub for removing coffee or tea stains from mugs and cups.

Borax

Borax helps clean the tub, remove tough stains in laundry. I add it to baking soda and salt to make a general purpose scouring powder.

Wood Ash

In a paste with a little water; wood ash cleans glass! Sprinkled on and scrubbed into pavement, bricks, and stone, it will help remove oil stains.

 

When you come up against challenging cleaning or deodorizing tasks, try one or more in combination and you’ll probably find something that will do the trick. There really isn’t a wrong way to go.

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Hardwood Isn’t HARD To Clean

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My family and I purchased a new home, and goodbye carpets. We ended up with great hardwood floors. The trick is how to clean them with an eco-friendly mind. Thank you internet. With a little patience and a lot of research we came up with some good solutions.

 

Now, you can easily mix up your own cleaning solutions with water and distilled white vinegar (great for eliminating build-up) or Castcile Soap (great for general floor cleaning), or try one of the ready-made, floor cleaners described below. All of them easily biodegrade and do a great job cleaning without any toxic ingredients, petroleum solvents, or “hidden” ingredients, such as Triclosan.

 

There are some great eco products that also do the trick. I’ve listed some that should help:


#1 Give your wood and water-safe floors some attitude and show ’em who’s boss with this eco-friendly, vegan floor cleaner certified by EcoLogo, an Environment Canada Program. It’s fresh, natural tea tree and lime scent will help zap any bacteria that may be lurking on your floors and its gentle formula won’t leave any streaking. Plus, Attitude makes it’s products “carbon neutral,” meaning no carbon footprint is left behind!

#2 Simply Floored. Get floored with this all-natural, gentle floor cleaner with an uplifting, light citrus-mint scent! It can be used on every type of floor, including of course your beloved hardwood. With no solvents, alcohols, or ethers, it won’t eat slowly away at your floor finish like some other cleaners might. It’s also available in large, industrial sizes!

 

#3 Biokleen.. Harness the biology of natural enzyme cultures, citrus extracts, and plant-based surfactants to clean and deodorize sealed and water-safe floors, such as hardwood, laminate, marble, and ceramic tile. Simply spray this cleaner on floor surfaces to combat dirt, grease, grime, and food particles, then watch with green envy as they’re easily wiped or mopped up!

Well, I hope that helps. All of the above is pretty top notch. Hope this helps!

This Is Crazy! How Often Should I Clean?

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Time to clean! But it’s easy! Sounds like a lot, but in one day your are done. Check it out!

 

Bedding

Don’t you want the space where you sleep to be as clean and serene as your best dreams? Regular cleaning will help cut down on the dust mites, sweat, debris, allergens and even  fungi that can build up from the constant contact with slumbering bodies.

 

Sheets

It makes sense that the items closest to your sleeping self would need cleaning the most often. Make sure to wash sheets once a week in hot water and dry on a hot cycle.

 

Pillows

Even though they’re protected by pillowcases, you’ll still want to clean your pillows a few times a year about every three to six months – to prevent the build-up of things we’d rather not think about while trying to sleep. Throw them one (if king-sized) or two (if regular-sized) at a time into the washer on the gentle cycle with liquid detergent, run the rinse cycle twice, and dry on low with two clean tennis balls.

 

Mattress

This big item doesn’t have to be a big job, especially when you only need to do it every six months. Simply vacuum the top, using an upholstery attachment, and remove any stains with a cold, lightly-dampened cloth, using a little upholstery shampoo if you want. Rotate it head-to-toe for even wear, and you’re all set! Also remember that a quality mattress cover or pad can protect it from dust mites and other allergens.

Appliances

We use them every day without thinking too much about them, but the appliances in our lives need and deserve regular cleaning, especially the ones that come into contact with our food or that we trust to clean everything else in our homes!

 

Oven

We love a good self-cleaning oven, but not all of them have that setting. If yours doesn’t, you’ll want to schedule a cleanse every six months. Take out the oven racks and soak in hot water and liquid detergent, and spray the oven – both the inside and the door – with oven cleaner. Put some newspapers under the door to catch any drips, and let everything sit overnight. Meanwhile, run any removable knobs through the dishwasher. The next morning, wipe everything clean with warm water and a rag, and scrub any non-removable knobs with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Voila! Make sure to wait a few days before cooking a big meal, as the smells of chemicals and food can combine rather unpleasantly.

 

Dishwasher

Don’t you want the appliance that cleans your dishes to be spotless? Luckily, it’s an easy once-a-month task. Just put an upright cup of vinegar in the empty top rack and run a full cycle on hot.

 

Washer and Dryer

We trust our washers and dryers to purify our grimiest things, but it turns out some of our linens are actually turning these machines into breeding grounds for things like salmonella and E. coli. Horrifying! What to do? Whenever you clean underwear, kitchen towels, or anything you would put in the “whites” category, clean with hot water and bleach to sanitize both your laundry and your machine.

 

Computer

You might not think of your computer as being particularly germ-infested, but anything touched by human hands as much as keyboard is touched is bound to be a prime spot for bacteria. As needed, disconnect the keyboard and the mouse and wipe down with a clean rag and rubbing alcohol, using a cotton ball to get into the deep crevices.

 

Windows

Let the light in by cleaning your windows twice a year, inside and out. Make your own cleaner by mixing five drops of liquid dish detergent and one teaspoon rubbing alcohol in two gallons of water. Use a sponge to clean the whole window, followed by a lint-free cloth or coffee filter across a 1-inch strip at the top of the window. Squeegee in smooth, slightly-overlapping strokes. Make your strokes horizontal on one side and vertical on the other to quickly find and correct any streaks.

 

Window Screens

It wouldn’t make much sense to clean the windows without cleaning the screens too, now would it? Once a year, scrub them down either in your yard or in your bathtub. If you’re lucky enough to have some good green space, spray the screens with a garden hose, followed by a gentle scrub with a one-part ammonia, three-parts water solution. Rinse and let dry in the sun. If you’re going the tub route, lay down a drop cloth or old blanket and put the screens under the shower head, cleaning with window cleaner and letting them air-dry.

 

Carpet

Of course you’re vacuuming regularly and spot-cleaning as needed, but try to deep-clean your carpets once a year. Opt for the steam-cleaning route after vacuuming off surface dirt, spritzing the cleaning solution directly onto the carpet with a spray bottle and using only clean water in the extractor in the steam-cleaner.

 

Grout

The place where you clean yourself should be pristine. Obviously you’re cleaning your bathroom regularly, so do a deep clean on tile grout about once a year

 

Wood Furniture

Keep your wood furniture glowing with a once-a-year polish. Wipe down your furniture with a damp cloth, followed by a dry one, then apply wax with the natural botanical carnauba in a circular manner. Let it sit for a few minutes, then remove with a dry cloth in the direction of the wood grain until the cloth slides.

 

Get cleaning! It’s not as bad as you think!

DIY? What is That?

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My girlfriend is great, and we are getting ready to move in together. Can you believe it? A girl actual wants to live with me. Yeah, I just high fived my younger, unpopular, self in my head.

 

Now, we had to decide to move into her place, mine, or get a new one. She has nice place, but mine has more room. Mine is also just a small commute for each of us to get to work. Mine has a great rent. So, in the end we decided on her moving in with me.

 

Okay, that problem is solved, but…

 

SHE’S MOVING IN!

 

And now the next set of problems will arrive. She loves things that are environmentally friendly. Which is amazing that she loves me because I’m about as environmentally friendly as a gas station, but I am a good listener.

 

I had to learn what DIY stood for. You think I would know that , but I just had never heard the term. If for some reason you are this boat: DIY means Do-It-Yourself.

 

Yeah, I felt unsmart about that one. She likes mixing together natural ingredients for her cleaning projects. Things like baking soda and lemons. I never thought about this stuff, but hey I want a girlfriend.It’d be nice to keep her. I mean, yeah, I have to save the world, but all worth it in the end, right?

 

Now, I didn’t just want to clean the kitchen counter. I wanted something that would impress her. I had no idea where to start, then I opened my closet to grab my coat one night and there it was. My carpet cleaning machine. My Dad gave it to me when I moved out. It was his and I just figured he wanted an excuse to buy a new one.

 

I tried it once. I bought the chemicals, read the instructions and it worked. Then I put it in my closet and I never used it.

 

Then the lightbulb went off. I guarantee she has never natural cleaned a carpet with a machine. I didn’t even know if it was possible. So, I researched it. And it is possible. Just do what I’ve listed below and watch the magic happen. And it is kinda fun to mix all that stuff together. Have fun!

 

DIY Machine Carpet Cleaner

 

  • 1 Gallon Hot Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ½  Cap Fabric Softener (I used Downey) Stir Slowly Then Add

 

 

Combine the ingredients and start your cleaning. This is the natural way to make your carpet cleaner. And I really believe it made it cleaner than my store bought cleaner I had used in the past. And best of all she was impressed. Of course, now I have to do more of this stuff. So, I will be looking up how to clean with lemons next. We’ll see what happens…

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