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Steam Mops: The Hot New Thing in Green Cleaning

Making your home a cleaner and greener place is getting easier all the time. Most major retailers sell home cleaning products that have been made with the environment in mind or you can even make your own using ingredients found in your kitchen. But what if we were able to clean our homes without chemicals and without waste? Though we’re still a long way from just a flip of the switch, there is one appliance that is heating things up in green home cleaning – the steam mop.

Steam mops harness the power of steam to disinfect and loosen grime from your hard surface flooring. They are easy to use and both time and cost effective since you’ll no longer have to purchase cleaners, or get down on your hands and knees to scrub the floor. Steam mops rely on reusable pads that can easily be washed, unlike other convenience floor cleaners that rely on disposable pads. Your kids can play around the house without worry that there may be chemicals or germs lingering from the spongy head of your traditional mop.

There are many models on the market, but the best steam mop is the Eureka 313A Envirosteamer. This steam mop costs around $70 and though it isn’t the fanciest model on the market, it is a top performer. It works by offering a continuous flow of powerful steam and allows you to clean large areas easily with a 20 foot cord. It is lightweight and has an adjustable handle, so you can make it fit not only in your home, but you too. This Eureka model is a top performer at a great price. There are many steam mops on the market, so no matter what you’re cleaning needs are; there is a steam mop out there for you.

With so many options in cleaning products and appliances, it is almost becoming difficult to not make your home and the environment a healthier and greener place to live. Though you may have to spend a little more money upfront, you’ll soon forget there was any other way to clean your floor after you purchase a steam mop of your own.

About the Author

Katie Campbell is a budding environmentalist who is interested in all things green. She works as a content writer for Bestcovery.com where she seeks to help discover the best of everything.

Spring Cleaning Tips from Martha Stewart

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the idea is overwhelming and the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. While spring cleaning will never become effortless, below are some suggestions from Martha Stewart to help you get started and make things a little more manageable including eight steps to perfectly clean windows.

And to make things even easier and keep you from breathing strong, harsh chemicals while cleaning, Martha and The Hain Celestial Group recently introduced Martha Stewart Clean, a new line of effective, eco-friendly cleaning products for the home. The collection includes 10 products that are available in Home Depot, Giant Eagle, Publix and A&P stores and online at Amazon.com.

Previously, consumers had to choose between reliable or natural cleaners. Martha Stewart Clean products are both trusted solutions for removing dirt, grease, and grime, and non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Made with 99+% plant-and-mineral-based ingredients of the highest quality, Martha Stewart Clean contains no added fragrances or artificial colors, and comes in recyclable packaging making these products safe for use in homes with children and animals. Visit www.marthastewartclean.com for information about the products, helpful cleaning videos and more.

Eight Steps to Perfectly Clean Windows

1. Schedule the project Choose a time when the sun is not shining directly on windows. Its hot rays can cause the cleaning solution to dry, which will result in streaks.

2. Clean the surface With a soft-bristle brush, dust away cobwebs and loose dirt from windows and frames. Don’t forget hinges, sills, and tracks. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands, especially if the frames are old and splintery.

3. Make the cleaning solution Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part hot water.

4. Prevent a mess Before cleaning the inside of each window, place an absorbent terry-cloth towel along the windowsill to catch drips.

5. Wet the glass Using a sponge, wet (but don’t drench) the windowpane with the vinegar-and-water solution, and rub away the dirt. As much as possible, keep the solution from coming into contact with the window frames.

6. Prime a squeegee Wet the rubber blade; a dry one will skip.

7. Wipe the glass Starting at an upper corner of the pane, draw the squeegee down in a straight, confident stroke. Wipe the rubber edge of the squeegee with a sponge or a lint-free cloth. Return to the top and repeat, slightly overlapping the first stroke. Finish by pulling the squeegee across the bottom of the window. Dry the sill.

8. Clean the frames Wipe surfaces using a cloth dampened with a non-ammomia all-purpose cleaner and water. Rinse them thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth to remove cleaning solution, and dry immediately by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.

For more Spring cleaning tips and ideas visit http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/gentle-reminders-spring-cleaning.

Love the scent of lemons? How about using a lemon to clean your microwave? Yes, that’s right! Simply cut a lemon in half, squeeze the contents into a glass bowl, throw in the peels, and add water. Place the dish in the microwave and microwave for 1 minute. Take the bowl out of the microwave and wipe the inside with a clean, damp cloth. The bits and pieces left inside on the walls will come right off easily, and the scent of lemons will leave the air smelling fresh!

For an extra burst of lemon + cleaning power, place the rinds in the garbage disposal, and turn on! Voila! Your garbage disposal’s odors are now gone!