Green Cleaning Tips

Today's household cleaners are full of chemicals and dyes that can cause allergies and air pollution in your home. While they are convenient, the potential health risks can quickly outweigh the convenience of a bottled spray cleaner. Some of the worst offenders are the cans containing foaming bubbles and other harsh chemicals. If you are tired of using potentially unsafe chemical cleaners to rid your home of germs and dirt, you may want to listen to some of the tips that your grandmother gave you. Grandma's green cleaning tips can be a lifesaver for those who are allergic to the smells and chemicals of commercial household cleaners.


Shiny Windows

With grandma's advice you can say goodbye to spray bottles filled with harsh chemicals forever. Instead, mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with a half gallon of water and pour the mixture into spray bottles labeled "Vinegar/Water Mix." Then, spritz some of your homemade window cleaner onto a pane of glass, and wipe clean with a sheet of crumpled up newspaper. Paper towels tend to leave streaks, but newspaper provides a virtually streak free shine on all of your windows. If children will be helping you with the window cleaning task be sure to supervise them.



Dirty Drains

Say goodbye to dirty and clogged drains. Grandma's advice for drain cleaning is a lot gentler on your pipes and your wallet than commercial drain cleaning products. Start by pouring a generous amount of baking soda in and around the drain. Next, pour white vinegar down the drain and anywhere in the sink where you put the baking soda. Let the natural chemical reaction fizz and clean. Depending on how clogged the drain is and how much baking soda you used, you may need to pour more vinegar over the area. This easy cleaning solution is especially beneficial when there are people in the house who have a heightened sensitivity to chemical smells.



Crusty Counters

Kitchen countertops are some of the worst offenders for harboring bacteria and germs. While there are plenty of chemical wipes available that guarantee to remove up to 99.9% of the germs on the surface, they also contain harsh chemicals. For a safer, more eco-friendly alternative, stick with baking soda and water paste that will do the same job. Begin by making a mixture that is two parts baking soda to one part water. Spread the paste on the area that needs to be cleaned and let it sit for a few minutes. Take a wet cloth and thoroughly wipe away all traces of the baking powder and the grime. Your counter tops will be sparkling clean and germ free, all without the use of harsh chemical aides.


Take a tip or two from Grandma who did not have so many choices with cleaning products. Instead, she used simple ingredients to make effective cleaning products that left her home smelling and looking clean. These eco-friendly cleaners are a great way to transform your home into a safe, chemical free environment for your family.

Alyssa Davis is the top writer and creative design specialist for 

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