Cleaning our homes is hardly the most fun chore in the world. If you’ve got a growing family, then you don’t need us to tell you how quickly your home can get dirty – particularly your floors! Keeping on top of your cleaning routine is important if you want to maintain a happy and healthy home.
However, it’s even more important when cleaning your home that you don’t use products which can harm the environment. The good news is that you don’t have to splash out on specialist “eco” products which cost a bomb – there are plenty of cheap alternatives… many of which we bet you have just lying around your home!
With that in mind, Flooring Supplies has come up with some great eco-friendly cleaning tips you can use. Not only will you get your home looking as good as new, you can be confident you won’t be harming the environment either.
Believe it or not, you can clean hardwood floors by using boiling water and two teabags. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors. Let two teabags steep in the boiling water for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth merely needs to be damp, not soaked. This will enable the floor to dry quickly. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen… and no sticky or oily residue.
To remove a stain from your carpet simply mix up a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts ice water into a clean spray bottle. Once applied, let the vinegar solution sit on the stain for a little while, and then wipe with paper towels.
Vinegar can also be used to clean hard water stains and soap scum from your bathtub, sinks, shower and your toilet. It sanitizes as well as cleans. Dilute the vinegar with water or use it full strength.
To clean and deodorize your dishwasher try adding a cup of vinegar to your empty dishwasher and run the cycle. Also add vinegar to the rinse dispenser instead of jet dry for streak free dishes. And it gets better – you can also use it to clean windows! Mix equal parts hot water with white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth for streak-free windows,
Baking soda makes a great natural deodorizer! Just sprinkle a little dry baking soda on your carpet to freshen, let sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum.
It’s also a natural drain cleaner. Measure 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour the baking soda into the drain first, and then the vinegar. Don’t worry if you see it bubble. Follow with two quarts of hot water and you’re done!
You can use baking soda to clean your oven too. Cover the bottom of it with a sprinkling of baking soda, spray it with water until it’s very damp and keep spraying every hour or so. Let it set overnight and when you wake up the next morning just scoop out the grime and give it a wipe!
Lemon juice is another great product which can be used to clean your home. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Simply cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. You can use this lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains! You can also use lemon juice as a natural bleach too. Simply mix 1 cup of olive oil with half a cup of lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture.
So there we have it – a few natural products you’re bound to have in your home which you can use to get your home looking cleaner and smelling fresher. Combine these methods with regular dusting and vacuuming – maybe even add a few pot plants too – and you’ll have a home you’ll be proud to show off.