Green Cleaners

Now that the weather is getting warmer we are once again reminded that it is time for spring-cleaning. Most cleaning products we all grew up with are petroleum-based and have uncertain health and environmental implications. Instead of opting for cleaning products that obliterate everything in their path, there are many natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects With this in mind here are a couple ideas for those who want to make a difference.

Window and Mirrors:. Fill a spray bottle with ½ cup white vinegar and then fill the rest with water. Spray directly onto the surface. Rub clean with a lint-free rag for a clean finish.

Tub, toilet Bowl and Sink Cleaner: Used is a mild soap mix made of olive oil and sodium hydroxide. Sprinkle baking soda on the fixtures and rub with wet rag. Add a tiny bit of the liquid castile soap to the rag for more cleaning power. Make sure to rinse well to avoid leaving a film.

Linoleum floor cleaner: Simple solution without harsh chemicals. Mop with a mixture of ½ cup vinegar mixed with warm water in a bucket. The odor from the vinegar will disappear after the floor dries.

Oven Cleaner: A wonderful non-toxic choice. Mix one cup of baking soda with water. You want it to be a paste mixture. Apply to the oven surfaces and leave on for 20 minutes. To remove use scouring pad or a spatula for harder surface or food deposits. However do not use this on self-cleaning ovens.

Just like cleaning the house, I also find that it is a cleansing of spirit. I like to go through my clothes each spring and donate old clothing to the local thrift stores. I also like to sort through small appliances, furniture and even toys that someone else can enjoy that I no longer need or don’t use. Used magazines are great to donate to doctors offices and gyms. Each one of us can make a small difference, I know I am.