Friday January 11, 2013
Bring sparkle and shine back to your townhome after the holidays, with simple DIY green cleaning supplies made from everyday household ingredients. Instead of spending money on cleaning products at the store, go green and make your own! Did you know that even the biggest and toughest stain can be removed with just baking soda and water?1.Kitchen:Counters: Begin by sprinkling baking soda over the surfaces and then scrub with a damp cloth or sponge. If you are treating stains, mix baking soda and water into a paste and let it sit for a while before removing the stain. This also works on stainless steel sinks, refrigerators and stovetops. Oven:Similar to the counters, you only need baking soda and water. Mix the two together and then coat the inside of your oven with the paste. Let it sit overnight. The following day put on gloves and scrub with a sponge.Table: Water rings are stains that never go away. Here is the secret to getting rid of those pesky stains: mix white vinegar and vegetable oil in a small bowl, then take a soft cloth and gently rub away the stain. Make sure to wipe the area in the direction of the grain of wood so that you won’t cause any further damage.2.Bathroom:Tile: Much like cleaning the kitchen counters, begin by pouring baking soda over the bathroom tile and scrubbing with a damp sponge. For stains or mildew, spray lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for a few minutes then scrub with a sponge.Dishwasher: Pour powdered Tang into your dishwasher?s detergent dispense. Run on a normal cycle and it will clean the inside and leave it spotless. The powder?s acid dissolves mineral deposits in the dishwasher. If you can?t find Tang, a citric Jello powder works just as well.Drains: For clogged sinks and tubs there is a simple fix with baking soda and water. First, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by two cups of hot water. If that doesn?t solve the problem, wait a day then repeat the same steps – except this time add 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover the drain tightly ? which allows the chemical reaction to break up the gunk. Then flush with a gallon of hot water.3.Living Room:Carpets: Stains seem to be inevitable, and after the holiday season you might have many. Right after a spill, immediately pour club soda on it and blot with a rag. If you don?t see the stain until later, apply cornmeal to the spot, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. For the barely visible stains, make your own spot cleaner by mixing 1/4 cup of liquid soap and 1/3 cup of water. Shake the bottle until foam appears and spray on the spots. Afterward, rinse with vinegar.Windows: It?s hard to achieve a spotless shine with windows, but here is a solution for that! Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Spray on the windows and wipe off with newspaper – not paper towels which cause streaks.Wood floors: Make your wood floor shine with vinegar. Mix a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water and then use a rag or towel to wipe the floor. Use a mop to wipe away any leftover grime.Tackle the messes and keep your home looking new with these simple tips! Let us know how they work for your home! Leave a comment below or tell us onFacebookorTwitter!