Going Green And Keeping Your Home Clean
How far are you willing to go to keep your home clean and healthy? We aren’t sure of the lasting effects of many chemical cleaning solutions that are used on a daily basis. To help combat these potentially harmful effects, we can use green cleaning supplies instead. Often made from materials you already have at home, green cleaning products are environmentally friendly along with being pet, kid and allergy safe. We’ve asked our top cleaners for tips with making your own green cleaning supplies and here is what we are allowed to share!
Natural Floor Cleaner
The biggest area in your home is obviously the floor. For a natural, great smelling and effective product, we recommend a 50/50 mix of white vinegar (or lime juice) and water with a dash of liquid dish soap. This solution will lift dirt and stains from your flooring without being overly abrasive. For stone floors, you can use a more custom cleaner. A mix of dishwashing detergent with warm water will go a long way (use one teaspoon detergent to four cups of water). Keep in mind that leaving your stone floor wet can potentially damage the finish. Be sure to use the “wet mop, dry mop” method to keep your floors in pristine condition.
The biggest problem when cleaning your fridge is that undesirable odor that lingers well after you clean. Believe it or not, but ground activated charcoal is great for absorbing bad smells and stains. Green charcoal is actually derived from agricultural waste and poses no threat to the environment. You can make a 50/50 paste solution with baking soda and vinegar; apply liberally to your fridge and let soak for 10 minutes. Use a wet rag to clean up and then a dry rag to soak up the solution. After thoroughly cleaning your fridge, keep an open container of activated charcoal in the back of your fridge to effectively soak up any potential future smells. Heavier stains can be nullified with the vinegar and water mix.
When you clean your windows, the last thing you want is a solution that leaves unsightly streaks. We’ve asked a few of our Houston pros about the best green mixtures for windows. Use a clean spray bottle and add ¼ cup vinegar, ½ teaspoon liquid dish soap (or dishwashing detergent, whichever you prefer), and 2 cups of water. Shake to blend and then use with a dry rag to make your windows clean and shining.
This is the one area in the home where a lot of our customers request traditional cleaning supplies. Even in a green-friendly home, a lot of people don’t trust green cleaners to be strong enough to do the job in the bathroom. After some thorough conversations with our top maids, we’ve found the best homemade green cleaning solutions for bathrooms.
For the bathtub and tiles, use a mixture of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part vegetable oil-based liquid dish soap. Add in a small amount of water and vinegar to balance and shake well in a spray bottle.
For scouring powder, you can combine baking soda, sodium borate, and kosher salt in equal parts into a jar. Shake well before using.
For the toilet bowl, a simple 50/50 solution of baking soda and vinegar (your fridge cleaner) works best. Be sure to let the solution sit and soak for 10-15 minutes. Your drains can be cleaned and deodorized with a stronger solution of 2 parts vinegar to 1 part baking soda.
With all of these cleaning solutions you can a couple drops of essential oil into them to add some pleasant fragrance. Lavender, tea tree and lemon are among our favorite scents.
We hope you enjoyed our green cleaning tips and you are now one step closer to winning the cleaning battles with your home.