Green Spring Cleaning Tips You’ll Want to Adopt
Spring is the perfect time to give your home a deep cleaning – to get inside all those nooks and crannies that have been ignored for too long. But before you stock up on pricey, chemical-filled cleaners with fumes that will make your head spin, check out our list of natural cleaning solutions that will get your home sparkling clean inside and out – more importantly, they’re safer for your family, pets, and the environment.
All-Purpose Cleanser. Keep most household surfaces clean with just a simple solution of vinegar and lemon. Soak citrus peels in distilled white vinegar for a couple of weeks, strain, and pour into a clean spray bottle. Dilute with water for surfaces that can’t handle vinegar.
Smelly Trash Can. Clean that dingy trash can with your home-made all-purpose cleaner and wipe dry. Once completely dry, sprinkle a little baking soda on the bottom to absorb odors.
Windows and Glass. In a clean spray bottle, mix one-part distilled white vinegar to two-parts water and spray. Wipe dry with a lint-free towel or black and white newspaper.
Stainless Steel. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage stainless steel’s protective coating and erase those tough stains with a baking soda and water paste. Wipe clean (always with the grain!) with a microfiber cloth.
Metal. Make your steel, copper, and brass cookware and utensils shine with a salt and lemon juice paste. Apply with an old toothbrush, then wipe away rust or tarnish with a clean cloth
Greasy Oven. While the oven is still warm, carefully sprinkle salt over grease stains and spills. Once cool, wipe away with a clean cloth.
Grimy Stove. Slice a lemon in half and rub the cut side over the stove top, then sprinkle with a bit of baking soda. Let sit for a couple minutes and gently scrub away the caked-on food drips and splatters with a nylon scrubber. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Wood Furniture. Skip the store-bought furniture polish. Instead, use two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice to leave your furniture gleaming.
Silver. The fumes from commercial silver polish can be hard to take. Make your own safe paste with three parts baking soda to one part water, then rinse clean and let air dry or wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Concrete Stains. In many cases, water is all you need to clean concrete, but if you need something more powerful, try hydrogen peroxide.
Vinyl Siding. Vinyl siding doesn’t demand a lot of attention, but snow, rain, and wind can take their toll. Mix three parts water with one part white vinegar to rid your siding of dirt, then rinse clean with water.
Carpet Cleaner. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and area rugs, let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum to clean and deodorize.
Another benefit of getting rid of chemical-based cleaners is that you’ll enjoy cleaner, healthier indoor air. At Correct Temp, we offer multiple solutions to help rid your home of 99%+ of indoor air pollutants. That’s a surefire way to wipe those allergy and asthma symptoms that can drive you batty. Contact us today for a free consultation and new system proposal.