Green Cleaning TIps

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One of our favorite solutions to tarnished silver/silverware is grabbing a bottle of ketchup. Use ketchup to clean your silver by squeezing a small amount onto a towel and rubbing it gently on the tarnished areas. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes so the ketchup can soak into the silver. If your silver has detailed or textured spaces, use a toothbrush to clean between the crevices. Next, rinse clean and see your silver sparkle!

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use sprite to clean jewelry

Believe it or not, you can use Sprite or any lemon-lime soda to clean the dirt and grime off of silver kitchenware or jewelry. Soak your silver in the lemon-lime soda for about an hour, and then rinse with water. Let the pieces dry thoroughly and then see them shine!

sponge, gloves and vinegar

Grime on your showerhead? When dirt and hard water collects on your shower head it can make it hard for the water to flow out of the little holes. Don’t buy a new shower head and stress about installing it, just fill a small bag with white vinegar and wrap it around the head with some rubber bands. Make sure the white vinegar submerges the outside of the showerhead so the acid has the chance to eliminate the grime and build up. Let the vinegar dissolve the acid for a few hours and then remove. Ta-da! Your showerhead is now sparkling clean!

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Have you ever thought about how dirty your sponge is that you use to clean everything? According to studies, the average kitchen sponge contains over 360 different types of bacteria. Yuck! That’s extremely unsanitary. The best solution for cleaning a dirty sponge is to microwave it on high for 2 minutes. This will kill all the active germs and bacteria.

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Trying to cut with a rusty knife is nearly impossible. If you have a rusty knife, try using lemon scraps to remove the rust. Wrap the lemon around the knife and wipe it clean. The rust will dissolve from the surface.

Oh no! Did your child decide to use your walls as their own drawing board? Don’t worry, just peel a cucumber, slice it down and remove the drawings off the wall effortlessly. Rub the wall and the crayon marks are sure to come off. Repeat this process until needed and then gently run a tissue over the walls to wipe up the residue. Use this trick for pen and marker wall art too!

Wait! Don’t throw your lemon peel in the trash! 

Did you know that lemons act as a natural degreaser? Lemons have antibacterial properties that can naturally freshen your garbage disposal. This is a great alternative to harsh cleaners. Next time you finish using a lemon, put it in the garbage disposal for a fresh scent and a fresh clean.

  • Collect your used lemons in a jar and cover them with white vinegar and secure the lid.
  • Let the jar sit out on the counter for two weeks.
  • Strain the lemons.
  • Combine equal parts water and lemon vinegar in a spray bottle. Use as you would any other all-purpose cleaner.
  • If you are unsure of a particular surface, test on a small area first.

To clean and disinfect your dishwasher, simply pour one cup of white vinegar in the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a regular cycle making sure to use warm or hot water – steam or sanitize cycle will work well too. Cleaning your dishwasher with vinegar will allow your machine to run better and last longer.

Cleaning a carpet is challenging if you have a busy lifestyle, kids, pets, or other distractions. Life can get messy! To clean your carpets and hardwood floors try mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. This makes a solution perfect for most floor cleaning jobs and it will get the tough stains out safely. What’s more, you don’t even have to rinse afterward – it dries itself! – saving you both time and water!

Avoid bringing toxins into the house using a doormat. People don’t realize what we bring into the house after being outside – especially if you have kids and pets. A simple doormat helps to remove oil, animal waste and pollen from the soles of our shoes, giving you and your family the ability to breathe healthier and happier.

If your kitchen sink isn’t draining – don’t panic. This happens when a foreign object, hair, or built up debris gets caught in the drain pipe. Follow the steps below to naturally fix the clog.

  1. Slowly pour boiling water down your sink and let it try to naturally break up the sediment. Repeat this until the clog is cleared.
  2. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain and then add one cup of white vinegar. Wait for 15 minutes, then flush the drain with another 2 cups of hot water. Repeat this process if necessary.

Does your house quickly collect mold and mildew? To effectively remove it from walls, grout, shower curtains, and other materials make a vinegar solution. All you need to do is add a capful of vinegar into a spray bottle of water. Spray on the surface, wait a few seconds for it to attack the mold and mildew, and then wipe it away with a microfiber cloth. Remember, avoid using bleach, which can be an irritant on your skin, eyes and affect the respiratory system.

Help eliminate the smells on rugs and mattresses by using baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area, let it sit for about an hour, and then vacuum it up. Baking soda has absorbing properties that can get rid of strong scents and odors from refrigerators to your carpet.

Did you know half the coffee makers in the United States have mold or yeast? Make sure you’re cleaning your coffee maker once per month to prevent this build up.

Here’s a great cleaning tip:

  • Pour equal parts water and lemon juice in your coffee maker and run a cycle.
  • Also you can use the juice you catch to clean the coffee pot.
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