Green Cleaning Tips
Basic recipes of baking soda, vinegar, and other natural household cleaners are great for many cleaning tasks in your home, and even your office.
If you're interested in more we suggest reading, Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home.
P.S. The oven below was cleaned green (naturally)! We used baking soda, water, and some eco-logo certified dish soap.
For a multi-purpose cleaning spray, simply mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Don't like the smell? The vinegar smell fades as it dries. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to make it smell prettier. Essential Oils also boost cleaning power.
There are so many things you can do with vinegar. Check this out: 1001 Uses For White Distilled Vinegar
They don't just smell good, essential oils can boost the cleaning power of the great basic cleaning recipes too.
Tea Tree Oil
Orange, Lemon, Citrus Oils
Use baking soda in place of commercial scouring powders.
Shine your sink with it. Put an open box in your fridge to remove odours. You can also put some baking soda in a decorative container mixed with a few drops of essential oil for an air freshener.
Swipe Your Wipe
Microfibre cloths reduce the need for chemical cleaners. The tiny fibres are great at picking up dirt. The dust also doesn't fly around with microfibre as it does when dusting with a regular cloth or feather duster. There are differences in quality and durability in microfibre, but even the cheaper microfibre cloths are more effective than regular cloths. WASH WARNING: Microfibre cloths and mops can be machine washed, but DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER. Fabric Softener clogs the fibres, thus ruining the effectiveness
Did you know? You can use old newspapers for a lint-free, streak-free shine when cleaning your windows! The ink doesn't rub off on windows, but I wouldn't use newspapers on counters and other things, as the ink may leave marks.
Add a sprayer to the top of a large bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide (the beauty of standard bottle tops). It's best to keep it in the brown bottle because it's light sensitive.
Fill an empty spray bottle with straight 5% white vinegar.
Spray the item to be cleaned with one solution first and then follow right after with the second solution. It does not matter which solution is applied first. Allow the mix to sit on the surface for several minutes.
Wipe with a cloth.
IMPORTANT WARNING: Do not mix the vinegar and peroxide together in one bottle. As the solution sits it creates peracetic acid, which is caustic and corrosive!
Green Cleaning vs. Green-Washing
As green cleaning is becoming more popular, more "green" cleaning products are becoming available. These certifications make your choice easier. Certified green products are becoming increasingly easy to find.
Many products are "greenwashing", just to get people to buy them. We recommend you check out The Sins of Greenwashing to educate yourself on becoming a smarter consumer. Click here to play Name That Sin Game.