7 Exceptionally Effective Green Cleaning Tips

baking-soda-vinegar Sometimes, it feels like a daunting task to keep your living space sanitary and presentable. You always are of the opinion that there is less time available in the day and more cleaning tasks to accomplish. Therefore, in order to avoid the hassle and frustration, day to day cleaning is mandatory excluding bigger projects like washing windows and curtains that must be carried out once in a year.

Fantastic Four Household Cleaners:
However, you need not to worry because the fantastic four house cleaners that are baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and salt can really make the cleaning a child’s play for you and following tips explain how.

  • Cleaning Glass and Mirrors:

    There is no need of ammonia cleaners because you can conveniently clean the mirrors and glass in your home just by mixing 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with half gallon of water. Moreover, alcohol and witch-haze can be effective cleaners as well if rubbed against the glass surface. Another, very common tip to clean glass windows is to a clean with lint free rag.
  • Vinyl:

    Vinyl items are perhaps the most difficult to be cleaned among all household things. However, an easy method to clear stains on vinyl items such as tile floors and recliners is to dip a cloth into straight lemon juice and rubbing it on to effected area. The stains will disappear as they never existed before.
  • Paint Odors:
    Paint odors stay in the home for long periods of time and are very difficult to get rid of especially if the home is not well ventilated. However, whenever you indulge in any indoor painting project, scatter small dishes containing vinegar all around the home to control the smell. Keep plates in the home for few days after the painting is over to keep smell at bay and never forget to change the vinegar every day.
  • Fireplace:

    If your fireplace has accumulated a lot of soot with smudging smoke around its exteriors, you can revitalize the looks just by applying a paste of water and tartar. It is very simple to do as you just have to rub the paste on the stains, let it dry followed by scrubbing it off. If the interior of fireplace and chimneys is the worry for you, you can get rid of soot build up just by tossing handful of salt as burning salt will loosen the soot.
  • Greening the Air Ducts:

    Your home infrastructure such as heating and cooling ducts also needs regular checkups and cleaning. If you have never paid any attention on this aspect of cleaning, this the time to do so as the dirty air coming through these ducts will adversely affect your health in addition with building dust and dirt inside your home. The Air filters must be changed every change of season. Hire the duct cleaning experts who have HEPA filteration high pressure vacuums. High pressure air effectively removes the dust, pet dander and many other allergens from the ducts.
  • Bare Floors:

    The simple water and vinegar solution is more than enough to clean almost all types of floors. Mix a cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water and mop it on any surface whether it is vinyl, ceramic tile, linoleum etc. Moreover, you need not to rinse afterwards and if your vinyl or linoleum floors look bit dull after cleaning, shine them up by mopping them with straight club soda. Before using water/vinegar mix on Hardfloors, make sure the hard floor is sealed properly.
  • Furniture Polishing:

    Furniture polish is usually made up of petroleum solvents and distillates and both of them smell badly and are hazardous as well as extremely poisonous. In order to overcome the problem, you need to mix 1 part of lemon juice with 2 parts of olive oil and apply them on the furniture. Resultantly, you will get a nice smell coming out of furniture and it will shine brilliantly as well.

So open your pantry, grab those 4 items and clean your home without any hassle and stress.

4 Rug-Saving Cleaning Tips

baby-rug The right rug can completely transform a home’s interior, bringing warmth and character in a way that no piece of furniture can. Rugs give you a rare opportunity to introduce vibrant colors and crazy designs into a room without requiring the upheaval of more simple color schemes and furniture. Unlike carpets, rugs are mobile, making them easier to clean and extremely versatile in terms of decorating. If you put the wrong set of carpet in your house, you are royally screwed. You are forced to choose between completely redecorating, tearing up the carpet and starting over, or living with gag-inducing interior design. With rugs, should you find that the colors don’t match or the angle is wrong or this, that, and the other… you simply pick the rug and everything is fine!

Obviously rugs are great to own. And they can be bought as gorgeous souvenirs from many different places. So often, travelers come back from exotic locales with sentimental items that possess no function whatsoever. But with a rug, you have something beautiful and functional, a piece to anchor an entire room that serves as a constant reminder of the wonderful times you had abroad. Something so special must be well taken care of.

Many rug owners, unfortunately, make the mistake of treating their rug like normal carpet. Every rug is unique and requires unique treatment when it comes to cleaning. Most rugs, however, will benefit from these simple rug cleaning tips.

 

 

1) Vacuum the bottom of the rug

rug-bottomThis step is often neglected. The underside of a rug can carry a tremendous amount of dirt and dust. A beater vacuum head or rotating brush piece is recommended over simple suction vacuum pieces, as the underside of a rug tends to be made of a more difficult-to-clean material. Obviously, this won’t be possible for larger sized rugs, but if you own a smaller more manageable rug size, then this tip will help. For larger rug sizes, we suggest calling in the rug cleaning pros.

 

2) Avoid vacuuming fringes and tassels

rug-tasselsThis is extremely important. Worn tassels and frayed fringes can emasculate the look of an otherwise perfect rug. There is no need to vacuum these parts of your rug, and using a vacuum on them will actually do much more harm than good.

All you need to clean the fringes and tassels is to simply go over them with a duster or fluff them by hand.

 

 

3) Avoid carpet shampoos

rug-cleanersAgain, your rug is not the same as your carpet. DO NOT treat them the same way! Many carpet cleaning shampoos and sprays that work brilliantly for synthetic carpet threads will cause the colors in your rug to bleed all over each other or fade. Pay strict attention to cleaning labels and do your research before testing any sort of product on your beautiful rug. It is advised to test a small portion of the rug to check the color bleeding. Or better yet, let a professional rug cleaner in your area take care of the deep cleaning for you.

 

4) Clean your rug immediately after spots and spills

rug-spot-cleaningThis should be a no-brainer, and it is the same as any tip you’ll find for carpet cleaning. Cleaning up stains, spots, and spills should be the priority as soon as they happen. Unless your child is drowning in the adjacent bathroom, nothing should distract you from getting that spill cleaned up if you want your lightly colored rug to survive the night. Just make sure you’re cleaning up minor spills in the safest way possible for your rug type. Always test the carpet spot cleaner on a small insignificant portion of rug for color bleeding before applying it to the actual spot. And again… when in doubt, call a professional!

 

There you have it. If you don’t have a rug, buy one. And if you do, keep it looking spiffy with these handy rug cleaner tips.

Green Cleaning Products – Escape the Chemical Nightmare

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Did you know that auto immune diseases, allergies and a host of “behavioral issues” are widely believed to be attributed to harmful chemicals in our environment? Green cleaning products used to be “old wives tales” or “housewife hints” but more and more parents are moving towards safer, more environmentally friendly cleaning products and devices.

Green Cleaning and Vacuum Products For Safety

Have you ever leaned over to clean your bath and felt that odd burning feeling in your throat? That’s ammonia and bleach giving you a mild chemical burn.

Do you really want to bathe your baby in the residue?

Some mold cleaners kill mold but create an ideal place for it to re-spawn, meaning that it comes right back…so you buy more mould cleaner.

Did you know that vinegar changes the pH in your shower so mould can’t survive? And it’s about a fifteenth the price of commercial mold killers….

These very harsh, and environmentally devastating chemicals aren’t just bad for your family (and linked to skin complaints, allergies and all sorts of long term health effects) they’re devastating for the environment. The difference between a green cleaning product and a dangerous chemical could be the future of our waterways.

The Best Green Cleaning Alternatives

Not only are traditional cleaners safer for your family and the environment, most of the time they’re MUCH cheaper. Baking soda, soap nuts, vinegar, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, orange oil and walnuts are all affordable, locally available and eco-friendly clean and polishing products! Here’s a few you may not be aware of!

• A handful of soap nuts replaces harmful laundry liquids and conditioners – they cost under .03c per wash!
• Scratches on timber furniture can be buffed away by rubbing a walnut into the veneer
• Rubbing stainless steel will remove the smell of garlic better than all the expensive soaps in the world.
Eucalyptus oil (an Australian product) in a spray bottle with water cleans windows and other glass streak free. It’s also a better antiseptic than the leading brand name medicines.
Clove oil is the easiest way to get rid of mould and then a splash of vinegar every few days will stop it coming back.
• Everyone’s favorite green alternative to harsh, nasty drain cleaner? A box of bi-carbonate soda down the drain, followed by a bottle of vinegar. Put the plug in, and hold it down – it safely, effectively blasts away the blockage.

HEPA Vacuums are the new leader in the green cleaning industry

When allergies struck in the old days mum brought out the cleaning basket. She scrubbed with bleach. She sprayed the surface cleaner. She mopped with floor cleaner. She dusted with furniture polish. She sprayed the best with insecticide. She washed with clothes sanitizer….and after all that, little Johnny or Mary’s skin allergies, wheezing, sneezing and swelling just kept getting worse.

Removing pet hair, dust and microscopic insect droppings from the home can now be done using only a HEPA vacuum, air purifier and some green cleaning products. A HEPA vac can remove microscopic solids from your environment and an air purifier can keep them at bay between vacuums. As for floors, there’s vinegar. For furniture, there’s orange oil and walnut rubs. For laundry there are soap nuts. There’s a whole world of safer, healthier green cleaning products on the market, all you have to do is look!

Image by Julie G. on Flickr

Spring Cleaning Tips


Just as we’ve been looking at the entire process of spring cleaning as a multi-layer event, the single layer that is the actual cleaning should be viewed much the same way. Basically, it’s best to start at the top and work your way down. This holds true with both the house as a whole — it’s best to start at the top floor and work down to the ground floor — as well as each individual room. Start with the ceiling and end with the floors.

Since dust is easily kicked up and spread from surface to surface, it’s a good idea to dust first. Here, any spring cleaner is presented with a route to take in cleaning the house. One may perform each task — for example, dusting — in each room of the house and then repeat the process with each subsequent task. Another method is to completely clean each room at a time. It’s a matter of preference; neither method is necessarily better than the other. Cleaning each room entirely before moving onto another can give a sense of accomplishment each time, but cleaning the house as if it were one giant room may make the cleaning go by more quickly.