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Going Green for Spring By Marilyn Dunston

15 April 2014no comments Health

baking soda

Ahhh… It’s been a long winter and Spring has finally sprung. The grass and trees are turning a healthy shade of green.  Your home can be a healthy green too by keeping these three basic ingredients in your cleaning closet.

Baking Soda

It’s abrasiveness is great for scouring and also serves as a natural deodorizer

  • Marble Cleaner – Rub baking soda into marble with a damp cloth, rinse with water,  towel dry
  • Oven Cleaner – Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda to a completely cool oven.  Spray baking soda should be damp but not saturated.  The water and baking soda together will break down the food particles.  Every few hours spray the baking soda down to keep it moist.  Continue the process over several hours, spraying as the baking soda begins to dry out.  Scrape the baking soda out of the oven, and food residue will go with it. Rinse the bottom of the oven out thoroughly.
  • Carpet Deodorizer – Sprinkle over carpet, allow to sit at least 15 minutes, vacuum.

Distilled White Vinegar

The mild acid in distilled white vinegar removes mineral deposits, dissolves scales, inhibits mold and cuts soap scum.  It’s great for cleaning glass too.

  •  Soap Scum Inhibitor – Spray shower doors with full-strength distilled white vinegar after you’ve squeegeed the glass, or before you step in and turn on the water. It will help release the hard water deposits so they don’t remain on the glass.
  • Coffee Pot Cleaner – Remove mineral deposits from your coffee pot by filling the reservoir with distilled white vinegar and running through a brew cycle. Rinse thoroughly with two brew cycles of water.
  • Glass Cleaner – Mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water in spray bottle.  Spray liberally.  Dry with microfiber cloth.

Pure Castile Soap

Pure Castile soap, made with olive oil or a vegetable-based soap, attaches to the individual molecules of soil so you can rinse dirt away with water.

  • Floor Cleaner Mix 40 parts soap and 1 part water in a bucket and stir gently
  • Wall Cleaner To remove fingerprints from walls add ¼ cup of soap to a bucket of hot water. Wipe with microfiber cloth for best results.
  • Stove Top and Vent Hood Add 2 tablespoons to 2 cups of hot water and apply to stove, burners and hood.


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