I’m a big fan of using natural items for cleaning around the house and will use vinegar, baking soda, lemon and salt over manufactured items. Not only is it better for the environment, but it works out much cheaper too.
Thirteen Green Household Cleaning Tips
1. Clean the base of an iron with a paste of white vinegar and baking soda. The paste will make the sole plate clean and shiny.
2. To get rid of perspiration marks and associated odour on shirts – soak in white vinegar and then wash in the normal method.
3. Kill weeds or unwanted grass by spraying vinegar directly onto the trouble spot.
4. Use baking soda to clean the inside of the fridge. It will clean up greasy marks and remove any odours.
5. Clean a rubbish bin with bicarb of soda and warm water. This will help eliminate smells.
6. Clean both the toilet seat and bowl with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda in the bowl and leave a while before flushing.
7. If you spill liquids on a book or drop a book in the bath (horrors!) – sprinkle baking soda on the wet pages and let them dry – in the sun if possible.
8. If you need buttermilk for a recipe and don’t have any – mix one cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice. This substitute tastes just as good as the real thing.
9. To refresh and sanitize a cutting board – rub all over with the cut side of a lemon or wash in undiluted lemon juice.
10. To sanitize your dishwasher – make sure the dishwasher is empty and place lemon juice in the soap dispenser. Run a normal wash cycle. This also makes the dishwasher smell nice.
11. To remove mildew use a mixture of salt and lemon juice.
12. To mop up oven spills if something bubbles over in your oven – put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won’t smell and will bake into a dry, light crust that can be wiped off easily when the oven has cooled.
13. Remove red wine from a tablecloth after a clumsy guest spills their drink – pour a little salt onto the splash immediately. This will soak up the wine. When the meal ends whisk off the cloth and soak it.
Do you have any good household hints?
Source: Green Cleaning by Margaret Briggs and Vivian Head