Green Cleaning Tips

For hundreds of years we have relied on some simple ingredients to accomplish our light housekeeping needs. The most effective main ingredients are : Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Salt, Baking Soda and Olive Oil.

Often these alternatives are cheaper and encourage less waste. Instead of buying plastic bottle after plastic bottle these simple recipes for green cleaning alternatives will save you money and produce far less waste.

Simple Glass Cleaner

1/4 Cup White Vinegar

2 Cups Water

1/4 teaspoon of liquid soap (optional: for particularly dirty windows, like outside facing sliding glass doors.)

2-3 Drops of a citrus based essential oil, like orange, lemon or lime (optional: for fragrance and extra cutting power)

Coffee Pot Cleaner

1/4 Cup Lemon juice or slice and squeeze fresh lemon into coffee pot.

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional: if your refrigerator makes crushed ice, add 1 cup of ice.

If you have crushed ice, simply swish around in a circular motion , then rinse.

If you don’t have crushed ice , simply scrub then rinse.

Sink Scrub

Create a paste with lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda. Scrub, then rinse.

If you have particularly hard stains, use a 1/2 teaspoon of household hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Dab a bit of olive oil on a clean towel , preferably microfiber,  or paper towel. Rub into stainless steel.  Use a clean towel or paper towel to buff polish.

Since most stainless steel cleaners are oil based, we advise to have a dedicated cloth for your stainless.

There are literally thousands of recipes available on-line. We encourage you to experiment and explore. Please feel free to share any of your insights or findings.