With Earth Day approaching, do you question picking up expensive cleaners and sanitizers to tackle your Spring Cleaning? They aren’t always as environmentally friendly as they could be now are they? I am thinking of the sprays that recommend ventilation for fear of fumes. How is that good for our environment? It certainly isn’t good for immediate exposure, as I have gotten a headache while scouring the shower stall before. What about the other bottles that have skeletal hands on them? I think there is something wrong there, when these products are supposed to make our world better, but do so much potential harm in the process.

So what is the solution? How about using natural products to tackle your grimy messes! I have mentioned them before, but how about I share a few other green cleaning tips for anything from heavy-duty spring cleaning to everyday mess cleanups.

Green Spring Cleaning

Let’s take a look at that spring cleaning checklist and see how we can cross some of those items off with some green cleaning tips.

In the Kitchen:

Lemons are one of Nature’s best cleaning aids

  • Wash the counters
    • Solution – Pour some lemon juice on any stains on your counter and leave it to sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle some baking soda on the stain and scrub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Stains will disappear, but your money won’t and the kitchen will smell wonderful.
  • Clean the microwave
    • Solution – Fill a bowl with 1 cup of water and add 1 -2 tsp of vinegar. Place it in the microwave and turn it on for approximately 5 minutes. For tough, stuck on food stains, leave the door closed for an extra minute or two. Then wipe the interior of the microwave easily. No elbow grease required, as the steam has done all the work for you. And no harsh chemicals required!
  • Clean the fridge
    • Solution – Use a green all-purpose cleaner! Mix baking soda, white vinegar, a few drops of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle and shake. Don’t forget to put a box of baking soda in the fridge when you are done, as it helps to eliminate food odours.

In the Bathroom:

White vinegar and baking soda can’t be beat to eliminate odours and leave your house clean and green

      • Clean glass shower door
        • Solution – Use lemon juice. Apply it to the door, rinse it with warm water and wipe with a soft cloth. You are left with a lemon-fresh scent versus headache causing fumes.
      • Clean the toilet
        • Solution – Sprinkle your handy box of baking soda into the toilet, followed by a drizzle of vinegar. Scrub as you normally would with a toilet brush. Goodbye harsh abrasives. Hello green cleaning tip #5!
      • Erase black mold
        • Solution – Mix vinegar, salt and liquid dish detergent. With a toothbrush, use the solution to scrub the mold. Leave it sit for a couple of hours and then wipe with a clean cloth. Voila, stains gone!

Other Areas to use Green Cleaning Products:

      • Laundry aids
        • Vinegar works as a great fabric softener. Add it to the final rinse cycle for static-free clothes
        • Baking soda shines as a stain treatment. 6 Tbsp baking soda mixed with 1/2 cup of warm water applied to stains will make them disappear!
        • Lemon juice not only makes your clothes smell great, but it brightens your whites while it’s at it
      • Room Deodorizer
        • Back to the baking soda! Sprinkle it in cat litter pans, diaper pails, garbage cans and don’t forget to leave a box near your sports gear
        • Spritz the air in your home with a few shots of vinegar in a spray bottle. Smells vanish, including the vinegar smell once it dries!

What other green cleaning tips do you have? Feel free to share!

Make the world a cleaner place – Choose green Spring Cleaning!