Green living and spring cleaning don’t always go hand in hand. That cocktail of chemicals in the brightly colored bottle will undoubtedly make your dull stainless steel shine again. But did you know that a little bit of vinegar and olive oil can do the same thing? Read on for this and other eco-friendly spring cleaning tips.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Spray the surface of your sink, fridge, dishwasher or any other stainless steel in your home with vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth to clean the surface, wiping in the same direction of the grain. Then, dip the cloth in a little bit of olive oil and polish the clean surface. The oil makes it shine, and also prevents water spots.
Vinegar also works great on glass. Before you open the windows to let in the fresh Spring air, clean the Winter grime off using one part vinegar and four parts water. Spray the glass with the cleaning solution and wipe clean using a lint-free cloth.
Another household item, baking soda, can be used to clean your toilet bowl. Simply sprinkle it on your toilet brush and start scrubbing. If you prefer a liquid cleaner, try Honest’s toilet cleaner. It doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like other commercial toilet bowl cleaners. Once the inside of your porcelain privy sparkles, wipe down the outside with — you guessed it! —vinegar.
Even if you use a natural cleaning solution to mop your floors, you are still wasting water. Instead of dumping a bucket of dirty water down your toilet and flushing the residue away, use a mopping robot. The iRobot Braava Jet 240 Mopping Robot can be used on hardwood, tile and stone. It uses far less water than the traditional mop and bucket method. You can use disposable cleaning pads, or reduce waste by purchasing a reusable pad. The rechargeable battery is also eco-friendly. Oh, and while it cleans, you can kick back and relax. . .or tackle another cleaning project.
A combination of lemon juice and olive oil is an eco-friendly alternative to aerosol polishes. Mix 1-½ cups of olive oil with 1 cup of lemon juice (or a few drops of lemon essential oil). Spray the solution on a microfiber cloth and gently rub it into the wood using a circular motion. Let it soak into the wood for nourishment, then bring out the shine by going over wood with a clean, dry cloth.