You want your home to be as clean as possible, but if you’re like most people, you think the only way to accomplish that is to use harsh cleaning chemicals. However, while those harsh chemicals may get the job done, they can also be harmful to you, your children, and your pets.
This is why we’ve had our cleaning pros share their favorite chemical-free cleaning secrets.
Here are six eco-friendly cleaning tips with simple household items:
1. Get rid of fingerprints on stainless steel with olive oil.
Baby oil will also work for this trick, so if you’re tired of working hard to get stainless steel surfaces clean only to find that there are still fingerprints visible, this method is for you.
Just add a couple drops of oil to a paper towel then use it to polish the surface, moving the paper towel in the same direction as the metal grain for a beautiful finish.
2. Clean your windows and glass with cornstarch.
To save money on commercial window cleaners and to avoid spraying harmful chemicals in your home, consider making an easy green window and glass cleaner that will get the job done as well as or even better than other cleaners.
Mix together 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white vinegar, then add a teaspoon of cornstarch for streak-free shines on all your windows and glass.
3. Remove mineral deposits and water spots with white vinegar.
White vinegar is the green cleaner’s best friend, and one of the many ways you can use it in your home is to remove mineral deposits and water spots from your bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
Simply lay a paper towel or rag soaked in white vinegar over the marks for up to 15 minutes, then wipe away the unsightly spots.
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4. Eliminate odors on un-washable things in the freezer.
There are some things like sports equipment and helmets that can’t be easily washed, yet start to get smelly. The best way to take care of them is to put them in a large plastic freezer bag then put them in the freezer overnight.
The cold will kill many of the odor-causing bacteria so you don’t have to toss the item or continue smelling it.
5. Clean coffee stains from clothes with boiling water.
The fresher the spill, the easier it is to remove, but this trick generally works even with dried stains.
Simply stretch the article of clothing over a bowl so the stain is across the opening. Either use a big rubber band to secure it at the top, or to tie it tight at the bottom. Then, simply pour boiling water over the stain from a height of about 1 foot and you should see the stain disappear.
6. Remove tough toilet bowl stains with baking soda.
Baking soda is another natural ingredient that green cleaners love. It’s a gentle abrasive which means it can help you remove tough buildup on nearly any surface without scratching it.
To remove tough toilet bowl stains with baking soda, dump some into the toilet and allow it to soak for a few minutes before scrubbing it off with the toilet brush as usual.
I hope you’ll find these tips useful. Do you have a tip for us? What is your favorite cleaning secret? Please let us know in the comment section below.