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Eco Friendly House Cleaning Tips

We've found some of these tips from to be very effective, not only are they good for the environment and budget friendly they also gave us peace of mind with little feet and pets running around the house allowing us to remove the need for nasty chemicals.

Here are our top tips from their blog we found most useful. For the full list of tips see the link at the bottom of the page.

1. Use vinegar to kill germs

Most of you may have heard about this. Being a kitchen staple you may already have enough in stock. Truth is, distilled vinegar can be extremely useful for cleaning purposes as an eco-friendly solvent that can destroy common germs around your home. Housekeeping services often use vinegar for non-toxic cleaning purposes – because it works!

You can make your own germ-killing vinegar solution by mixing white vinegar with water in a 1: 1 ratio and storing it in a spray bottle for later use. In addition to breaking down grease, this solution dries quickly and leaves an attractive shine on various surfaces of your home.

2. Use lemon juice for spotless cleaning

If you were surprised by vinegar’s cleaning abilities, wait until you try adding lemon juice to your cleansing routine!

To adequately polish wood floors, you only need to mix a 1/2 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of olive oil for an effective and wonderful polishing solution. In addition, you can also use undiluted lemon juice to erase traces for your bathroom as well as eliminate stains from furniture, kitchen tables, and carpets.

3. Easily create natural fruit fly repellent

Get rid of the annoying gatherings of fruit flies in your home by making homemade fruit fly repellent without resorting to chemicals.

Take a mason bowl or similar bowl and mixing an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and dish soap. Wrap the top of the bowl with brown paper and leave some holes. The flies will be attracted to the sweet smell of the apple cider vinegar and enter into the bowl. However, they’ll get stuck with the soap inside the solution.

This will be particularly useful during the summer when their numbers are high.

4. Carpet stain remover

In a spray bottle, blend together equal parts of white vinegar and water. Sprinkle directly on the stain, keep it on for a couple of minutes and clean using warm soapy water with a brush or sponge. Sprinkle cornstarch on the stain to avoid fresh grease stains, then wait 15-30 minutes before vacuuming. Combine 1/4 cup of salt, borax, and vinegar for a hard-wearing carpet cleaner. Apply the dough onto the carpet and quit for a couple of hours.

5. Ceramic or glass stove top cleaner

Daily cleaning can be done with soap and water or a vinegar spray. To remove stuck food, wet the area with hot, soapy water and spray it with baking soda. Cover with a damp towel and leave it for half an hour, then wipe with a damp cloth. Use a silicone spatula to help separate food. Be sure to remove all residue.

6. Window Cleaner

Mix with a quarter of warm water, two teaspoons of white vinegar. To wash using damaged paper or cotton cloth, just use black and white newspapers, not newspapers with color. Do not clean windows when the sun is on them because after drying up it’s when those streaks appear. Be sure to follow the formula, as using a very strong vinegar solution will etch the glass and eventually contribute to its cloudiness.

7. Refrigerator Cleaner

Use an all-purpose spray of vinegar and water to clean the interior and exterior of fridges of materials other than stainless steel. To clean the outside of your stainless steel fridge, use undiluted vinegar to avoid streaks.

8. Garbage disposal cleaner

You can clean it by running the empty half of a used lemon or a handful of citrus peels through it. Alternatively, add half a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar, then let it sit with water before rinsing.

9. Toilet bowl cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar, pour it into a sink and leave for a few minutes. Scrub, brush, and rinse properly. A mixture of borax and lemon juice will also work. For rust stains, sprinkle with vinegar and leave overnight before brushing with baking soda.

If you would like to read the full post and some additional tips then you can read the original Blog HERE

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