From hitting the stalls at our local farmers markets to toting our meals in eco-chic lunch kits from Lauren’s XO(eco) collection, your LC editors are pretty passionate about going green. So, with spring-cleaning season in full swing, I wanted to share a few safe and easy alternatives to conventional cleaning products. In my experience, these DIY mixtures work just as well as the products in your grocery store, only they’re free from the funny fumes and harmful chemicals that many cleaning products contain. Here are 10 green cleaning recipes to have in your arsenal:
1. Surface Cleaner: To get countertops and cutting boards squeaky clean (not marble or stainless steel), use a cut lemon dipped in baking soda. Wipe clean afterwards with a wet sponge.
2. Scouring Paste: Scour tough dirt and rust stains with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.
3. Drain Cleaner: To break up clogs, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup white vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, and then flush with four cups of boiling water (or hot tap water for plastic pipes).
4. Window Cleaner: Mix together ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, and 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve cornstarch.
5. Sink, Stainless Steel, and Grout Cleaner: To remove hard water stains from your sink, make a paste with baking soda and water. Using a toothbrush, gently scrub the paste into your sink, pouring small amounts of white vinegar onto the paste to help with tough stains.
6. Toilet Cleaner: Combine 2 Tbsp tea-tree oil and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake, spritz along the rim of the bowl, and let sit for 30 minutes before flushing or scrubbing.
7. Garbage Disposal Freshener: Cut a lemon into slices and run through the disposal for a fresh, clean scent.
8. Soap Scum Dissolver: Heat 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave and then combine in a spray bottle with 1 cup dish detergent. Spray in your shower or sink and wait one minute before wiping off.
9. Natural Disinfectant: To knock out germs and icky bacteria, mix together 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons dish soap, and 20 to 30 drops tea-tree oil.
10. Grease Stain Remover: Sprinkle cornstarch onto fresh grease spots and let sit 20-30 minutes before vacuuming.
Especially if you have pets, relying on natural antiseptic and grime fighting ingredients is an important step to take for a safe home and a happier planet.
Have any other tips for going green this spring?
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