As home remodelers interested in helping Twin Cities residents live a greener lifestyle, sometimes we find environmentally-friendly tips that we'd use ourselves, and we're happy to pass them along. If you suffer from allergies, have kids or sensitive pets, cleaning can be more of a chore than it should be. Green cleaners can often solve this problem. White Vinegar In addition to being an all purpose cleaner, vinegar degreases and disinfects. Good Housekeeping did a study which showed a solution of 5% vinegar is 99.9% effective against bacteria and 90% effective against mold.
Give these cleaning tips a try.
- Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of ¾ water and ¼ white vinegar for household surfaces. Once you spray the cleaner, wipe the surface down with a damp cloth. When cleaning painted surfaces, use distilled water instead of tap.
- Use the same fixtures on windows and outdoor furniture. After cleaning windows, wipe them down with newspaper to banish streaks.
- To remove scale, apply 100% vinegar, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse with water.
- Clean your coffee maker by filling it 1/3 to 1/2 full with vinegar, then run a regular cycle. Afterwards, run two cycles with distilled water.
- Spray your shower and tiles with lemon juice or wipe them down with half a lemon, then rinse with water to clean soap scum.
- Place a cut up lemon in a bowl of water, then put the bowl in your microwave and set it for 2 minutes. Once the steam has collected, wipe the appliance down.
- Deodorize garbage disposals by putting lemon skins down them and running hot water.
- Make a paste out of lemon and salt, then put it on a toothbrush and clean your brass, stainless steel and copper.
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