The Green Clean
It can be overwhelming these days trying to find the right cleaning products to get the job done. But try to find products that actually clean without the toxins that pose a risk to your health or pollute our water supply, and most people are ready to throw in the towel and buy the first bright blue bottle of “antibacterial,” “extra-strength,” and who knows what else, that they come across. But getting rid of the dirt, grime and dust can be as simple as a few key ingredients that are easy to find, most of which you probably already have on hand like baking soda, borax, lemons, water, white vinegar, a plant based liquid soap and even newspaper.
Try some of these natural, do-it-yourself cleaning solutions which will leave your home sparkling without leaving behind a toxic residue and fumes:
- For a basic surface cleaner: Start with a plant-based soap, add water. Really, it’s that simple. But if you need a little more scrubbing action, Martha suggests mixing a little baking soda and plant-based liquid soap into a paste and applying by using the cut side of a halved lemon.
- On mirrors and windows: Try a 2:1 ratio of water to white vinegar in a spray bottle, use newspaper, a coffee filter or a washable cloth rag to apply and say goodbye to the ammonia and synthetic colors and fragrances found in most commercial cleaners.
- Wood Furniture: Use a 1/4 cup vinegar and a few drops of olive oil.
- Bathroom needs: Baking soda and white vinegar for the toilet bowl and 1/2 lemon dipped in borax to get the dirt left on the tub and tile.
- Kitchen specifics: Baking soda and white vinegar for the sink too! Clean the oven with a sprinkling of baking soda, a spray of water, a soak overnight and a good scrub in the morning. And use lemons to cut the grease on the stove-tops.
For more specific cleaning needs, check out a few green cleaning guides from The Daily Green and The Green Guide. But if you just insist on going for a commercial cleaner, you must first educate yourself and read this primer from The Naked Truth Project so you know what to look(out) for, as it’s easy to get confused once your standing in a store aisle like the one pictured above!