It’s about that time when people give their homes a spring cleaning. I am a big proponent of keeping a clean, uncluttered home: it can promote productivity and organization, instill a sense of calm and order, and help manage and prevent unhealthy bacteria.
This year, why not add environmentally friendly cleaning products to your routine? "Green" cleaning products abound in stores, but you can also use common household items that are friendly to both the environment and your wallet. Try the following to clean your:
- Kitchen: Put 2 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar in a quart spray bottle; fill the rest with water and, if you like, a few drops of a pleasant-smelling oil extract such as orange or lavender. This is not only a cost-effective way to clean countertops, stoves and refrigerator shelves, but a five percent solution vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria.
- Bathroom: Baking soda lends itself beautifully to cleaning toilets, tubs and sinks - simply sprinkle it on, and rub with a washable cloth. For tough stains, mix baking soda and water to form a paste, and let sit on the stain for 30 minutes.
- Windows: Tackle the dirt and streaks that build up over the winter months with a solution of two cups water and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Spray on, remove with a squeegee. You will find that you don’t need ammonia and other chemicals for a streak-free shine!