Green Recipes For Spring Cleaning

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and start spring cleaning?   We searched high and low for some great, safe spring cleaning tips and we found these great tips on Better Homes & Gardens. 


Cleaner for countertops, cabinets, and walls

Dip a cloth in warm water, then dish soap and baking soda. (The baking soda serves as a soft abrasive to remove tough spots and light scratches). Wipe on to clean. Wipe off with a clean rag. To get after tough countertop stains, scrub and leave the solution in place for three to five minutes, then wipe with warm water.

Glass cleaner

Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or baking soda with 3 cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. Spray on and wipe off (just as you would with a store-bought glass cleaner).

Chrome and stainless-steel cleaner

Mix vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on chrome and stainless-steel fixtures and wipe off with a clean, soft rag. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, cut the aroma of vinegar by adding a few drops of essential oil (lemon, lime, mint, or tea tree).

Drain cleaner

Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour 1/4 of this mixture in the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water. Reserve the rest of this mixture for future cleanings.

Carpet freshener

Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet, then vacuum. The cornstarch and baking soda absorb odor.

Rug-stain remover

Rub borax into the dampened area, let dry, then vacuum or repeatedly blot the stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water. Get the rug as dry as possible to avoid moisture getting to the floor underneath.

Mildew Remover

Make a paste of vinegar and salt, and apply to mildew. Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

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