Spring Cleaning the Eco-Friendly Way

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It’s spring time! Let’s wash away those last bits of winter with some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. We’ve got some tips for cleaning up that are better for you and better for the environment than some of the traditional cleaning products you find in the stores.

Cleaning stainless steel – Olive oil and white vinegar work well to clean stainless steel and remove the smudges and fingerprints from it. Start with the oil on a clean rag rubbed over the stainless to polish and remove the smudges. Follow up with the vinegar on a clean rag to remove any residue. Let dry.

Cleaning glass – Mirrors and windows can be sparkling clean with a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water. If you find that you’re ending up with streaky windows with this method, use about 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in 3/4 cup water to remove all the traces of the previous glass cleaner from your windows. From then on, you should be able to use the vinegar and water mixture with no problems!

Cleaning furniture – Most of the time a slightly dampened clean cloth will do the trick when it comes to dusting your furniture but if you find that you need to occasionally polish it, here’s a mixture to try. Add a few drops of olive oil to 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Shake this up and using a clean rag, rub it onto your furniture. Use a dry rag to remove any excess and to buff the wood. (You may want to try this on an inconspicuous area of the furniture to make sure it’s safe for the finish).

All purpose cleaner – This works well for kitchen counters, appliances, inside your refrigerator, and items such as trash cans and cat litter boxes. Put 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Apply with a sponge. Follow up by wiping with a clean sponge or rag dampened with plain water.

Scouring powder – Just apply baking soda with a damp sponge. I keep some in a jar beside my kitchen sink so it’s handy!

Toilet bowl cleaner – Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup vinegar and pour it into the toilet. Let it sit for half an hour. Scrub with a brush and rinse.  

These are a few ideas to get you started with all of your spring cleaning! What’s your favourite eco-friendly cleaning tip?

 

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