Snippets Issue 11 : Speak Your Mind Issue

Going Green To Clean

Environmentally friendly cleaning tips, tricks & recipes.

Going Green To Clean

Going green in today's society is the way to go when it comes to saving the environment as well as saving a buck or two. We all love to feel good doing our part for our lovely planet - from recycling to using home remedies when we do our every day cleaning. If we look closely, we already have some of the ingredients, it's just a matter of having the spare minute to gather and mix them into our house cleaning concoctions.

It wont cost that much to get what we need for our collection of home bound cleaning supplies. Water bottles can be obtain cheaply at our nearest drug and dollar stores. They come in different sizes and colors. Be creative and color coordinate them and make beautiful labels for each. Make them appealing to your tastes so when it comes time for the dreaded cleaning it will not feel like a sour chore to do.

Now I'm going to share with you my favorite cleaning tips and recipes to make going green to clean and ideal way to go. It will almost feel like you are being a little witchy in the kitchy.

Children & Babies:

Lets begin with those of us who have children or / and babysits as well:

Stickers - Egads! Was it a beautiful idea for them to find the sticker book and paste those beautiful things EVERYWHERE? Not to panic, let's take a moment to admire their art work and have them retreat to their rooms while you go in to full cleaning doctor mode. Go to the kitchen and retrieve the vegetable oil. Saturate the sticker and carefully peel off. This will work on your furniture, glass and plastic.

Crayons and Ink - Stop! Before going "ROAR" at the children, you want to make sure they understand that you are not discouraging their creative side. Explain why it isn't a great idea to color on the walls and insure that they know where their art supplies are, so this incident can be avoided, but not guaranteed that this won't happen again. Take your hair dryer, the heat will melt the wax and it will wipe off with ease. If the color still remains, use rubbing alcohol or bleach to wipe off. Ink will come off with the rubbing alcohol or bleach as well

Smelly Shoes - Why waste money buying odor killing sprays when you can recycle your old or odd socks (who lost their mates during the laundry cycle). Fill the socks up with kitty litter and baking soda, or tea leaves, tie them closed and place in the shoes while they are not being used and they will eat those little odors away.


Alright Crafters this little section is just for you:

Photos - Scrapbookers - you are sorting through your photos and notice two sticking together. Not to worry take out your hair dryer and put it on the lowest setting and carefully peel away. Magic I tell you!

Paint - So if you are anything like me, you're an on-the-move-crafter. I don't stay in one spot when it comes to my project, hence the paint on the carpet. Just take a little bit of rubbing alcohol and blot away the mess. Try to do this right away, before the paint settles in.

Jewelry - A sure way of a chemical free bath for your rings is toothpaste. Yep, that's right, it's not just for your teeth, but it will promise to make you smile. Just dab a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and scrub your rings clean - notice how shiny they are compared to before!


Onto the kitchen:

Microwaves - I hated cleaning my microwave until I found a short cut. Take a water-soaked sponge, set it in the middle of the microwave and put it on for two minutes. Wait about five minutes before opening, this way the stains will be soften and easy to wipe clean and the sponge is right there ready to go.

Garbage Disposals - Don't like how your garbage disposal is smelling now? Just chop up some lemons and limes (leaving the skins on), and drop in to the bin with running water. Now, smell the wonderful aroma!

Scouring Paste
(for pots and pans.)

Find an old tin and fill it with this:

  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup liquid soap
  • 2/3 cups of baking soda

Mix the soap and baking soda into a paste and gently add the vinegar. Put this mixture in a tin by your sink and use it for scrubbing your pots and pans.


Cleaning the Toilet:
  • 1/3 cup of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of liquid detergent
  • 1/3 cup of warm water

Into the toilet and swish it around with your toilet brush and flush. If the stains is noticeable leave it over night then flush.

How to clean Windows / Mirrors

Fill your water bottle with:

  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 1 quart of warm water

Rub dry with newspapers for a streak free clean.

How to clean the Bathtub and Sink

Make this all purpose cleaner:

  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of borax or washing soda (can be found in the laundry section at the grocery store)
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1/2 cup of liquid soap

Mix into your water bottle except for the soap. Then carefully add the soap to the bottle and apply and wipe clean. Works well with counters, wood work and appliances.

These are my favorites and I hope you all will try them out. Always do your research and be careful not to mix anything that may become harmful. For instance, mixing bleach and ammonia can be very toxic. For safety, keep your cleaning supplies away from small children. By going green to clean together, we can save the world.

Why not share your green cleaning recipes too? Add them via your Projects


great tips I've never had better green cleaning tips
Thaankkk Yuuh.
thanks guys for the lovely comments Happy
who doesn't love saving the environment? =]

Also an easy way to get rid of termites:
1. drive bait stations into the ground around your house (cheap pine or wet cardboard are perfect)
2. check regularly. if termites appear, salt the bait with a low-grade poison like diluted boric acid.
3. since the stuff is slow-killing, the bait carried back to the nest will kill all the termites!
This is fantastic! Can't tell you how many times the guys have forgotten to pick up cleaning solution, and I've had to hold off on cleaning for a day because of it.

These are much better. Its great that I can find all of that around the house, and its a huge plus that it won't make as big of an impact on the environment.
This is good stuff Happy

the article was amazing!! very simple solutions to hard problems

oh one more cool thing i learned

did u ever get out of your hot shower and find yourself in front of a foggy mirror?

yeah well i found the answer to that problem

when the mirror is dried just put a little amount of shaving cream on it and rub it all over until it disappears

next time u shower.. the mirrors will stay clean and dry

I tried to post this the other day and it wouldn't work. Anyway, I read this on a jeweler's site.
"Do not use tooth paste to clean your jewelry, no matter who told you. The floride in it will wear down and scratch the metal.
Do take off your rings every month and clean them, if not by a jeweler, then yourself. A solution of hot water, Windex, and a couple drops of dish soap, works wonders. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes, ( no longer ) then brush with an old soft toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly in warm water, and dry with a soft cloth."
Thanks Shivi! I had alot of fun writing this! Happy-sug
great article! I've previously seen green cleaning recipes but some of the ingredients were hard to source but yours are great!

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