For most of us the smell of chemicals is usually connected to clean rooms and similar places, however that can’t be farther from the truth. The chemicals commonly used today in most cleaning jobs are toxins themselves that often need to be out of our homes so we can be safe. There are a great number of green alternatives that work just as well as traditional cleaners, if not even better than that. Use the following tips to get things done with a minimum amount of hassle:
• Cleaning tiles and bathtubs requires you to combine about a cup and a half baking soda with about half a cup safe, vegetable oil-based soap. Add half a cup water and two tablespoons vinegar to the mix, then shake that up and you’re done. You can apply it with a sponge or you can directly spray it when you need to.
• You can make scouring powder by combining a cup of baking soda, cup of borax and a cup of salt in a jar. Sprinkle that on the target surface, wipe it off with a damp sponge and then rinse it clean.
• Cleaning your toilet bowl can be done with a quarter cup of borax or baking soda, mixed together with a cup of vinegar. This mixture should be left to work for at least fifteen minutes before scrubbing, then you need to flush it down the drain.
• Cleaning glass requires a quarter cup of vinegar mixed into four cups of warm water. Place the vinegar water in a spray bottle and use that to clean the windows with a piece of cloth or a wash leather.
• Make a drain cleaner by using half a cup of baking soda. Pour it down the drain and follow that up with a cup of vinegar. The resulting reaction will help break down the blockage if you give it time. Wash the mix down with boiling hot water, then repeat it if you have to.
• Sanitizing the floor can be done by mixing a half cup of borax in two gallons of hot water inside a bucket. Use a sponge or a mop to apply it on the surface and don’t worry about rinsing it. Make sure you’ve mixed things well before doing so however.
• To remove soap scum, you will need to sprinkle the area with baking soda, then scrub that with a sponge or a cloth. Follow that up by rinsing it as well. Alternately, if you don’t have baking soda on hand, you can always use salt or vinegar to break it down.
• Removing lime of calcium can be done with relative ease. Just soak a towel in vinegar, then wrap it around the affected faucet. Let it stay like that overnight, then you’ll be able to wipe it off and rinse it to perfection again.
• Removing mold and mildew requires a mix of borax and vinegar in equal quantities. You can scrub the area with a brush or a sponge, then rinse it with water. The mix of borax and vinegar must be made into a paste. You can apply that on tough mold areas, then let it sit there for about an hour before rinsing.
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