Green Home Cleaning Tips July 30, 2013

Green Home Cleaning Tips for Mirrors and Furniture

Having a clean home that looks nice and presentable can be a challenge, as it seems the work never ends and there are always things do to, no matter what you do. As regular everyday cleaning and tidying up might be something normal, one must also take other things into consideration, such as window washing, curtains and other things that have to be done at least once a year.

You can easily tackle all these issues with four major cleaning agents in the face of salt, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. These will help you in your household tasks with the added benefit of being non-toxic and safe for the environment and yourself. Even though you most likely feel these are nothing but cooking products and condiments, you will be surprised at their effectieness if you have never used them before. We can begin with the following initial tips:

Cleaning mirrors and glass

You can easily put ammonia-based window cleaning behind you. All you have to do to deal with the cleaning efforts is using a few tablespoons of lemon juice mixed in about half a gallon (a liter) of water. Some other ways this can be done is by working with witch hazel or even rubbing alcohol. For most of the old-fashioned ways, wiping the windows with newspaper can also work well, though that may not exactly be a green idea. Reusable lint rags might be a much better option, alternately an old cotton shirt or something similar might do a good job as well while also being more environmentally-friendly than other solutions.

Polishing furniture

One of the most difficult things to keep green is the usual case of furniture polish. Other substances might be hard to deal with, such as spot removers, metal polishes, toilet cleaners and so forth, making them hazardous because of their petroleum distillates and solvents. For the most part, they are dangerous, because of their ingredients and also possessing their very unpleasant smell. So why must we keep on using these, when we can avoid their poisonous fumes, instead opting for a more natural solution? One of the more effective wood polishes are made of something you could easily consider a salad dressing: Olive oil. Just use two parts of olive oil with one part lemon juice and you’ll have a nice mix capable of polishing with a simple, soft cloth. This will also freshen up your furniture with a more natural scent, plus the mix will eventually sink into the wood itself without staying greasy. A combination of olive oil, lemon juice and salt can be made into a thin paste capable of buffing an area to a shine with a soft cloth. Note that this only works with very fine salt, which will be incapable of scratching the surface.

Having a home that is cleaned in an eco-friendly way is not difficult. Try it today!

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