Now that the waste audit is all wrapped up it’s time for some Spring cleaning. Spring! Yes, I said it! Spring cleaning can be liberating. Organizing, minimizing and detoxifying the home can bring peace and calm to your space. Let’s look at some natural, economical cleaning ideas.
The Power of Vinegar
Vinegar has existed for centuries and was created from the fermentation of ethanol or sugars. Vinegar comes in acidity ranges from 3%-20% where anything in the 3-5% range is food grade, 10-12% is cleaning grade and 20% is weed killer.
Vinegar in Use
All-Purpose Cleaning – mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Optional: lemon rind and rosemary springs. Shake ingredients together and let brew for one week before use. If not using optional ingredients the mix can be used immediately.
Laundry – ¼ cup as fabric softener in the softener dispenser
Windows – equal parts white vinegar and water mixed in a spray bottle
Drip Coffee Maker – Use equal parts vinegar and water and run through a brew cycle. Run another brew cycle of cool water afterwards.
Polishing – Spritz full strength vinegar onto stainless steel and buff with a soft cloth
The Power of Castile Soap
Castile soap is named after the region it originated in Castile, Spain. It is made of vegetable oil and is high on the pH scale making it a great cleaner. Since it has highly alkalinity avoid using it with acids like vinegar as they react negatively. Also, since it is high on the pH scale dilution is necessary when using it around the house.
Castile Soap in Use
Dishes – Dilute castile soap 1:10 with water
Laundry – ¼ cup for HE waters
Floors – ½ cup in 3 gallons of hot water
All-Purpose Cleaning – ¼ cup in 4 cups of water, add ¼ tsp of tea tree oil for extra cleaning power
Other Cleaning Tools
Toilet – 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup citric acid, 2 tbsp dish liquid (castile above). Mix dry ingredients then wet, mix well. Press into an ice cube tray and let sit overnight. Plop into the toilet, let it dissolve and scrub.
Scrubbing Paste – 1 cup grated household soap, 1 cup water, 2-3 cups baking soda – the rest of the recipe can be found here
Happy green cleaning!
What We Carry
We carry multisurface cleaner, cleaning vinegar, castile soap, borax, citric acid, soda ash and grated soap in store!
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