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6 TIPS FOR GREEN CLEANING THAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY USE

by NW Maids Support Team - September 19, 2017

It’s time to lift the curtain on the best secrets in the book for green cleaning…

Yes, I’m sure that you’ve considered green cleaning, but also been hesitant to try it out. Let’s face it – sometimes you just need some bleach to get the job done. Or do you…

A recent publication from The Spruce talks about 6 different ways that you can incorporate green cleaning into your routine simply and easily. It is possible, and works better than you probably conceived! (Inconceivable… cue the Princess Bride references).

Without further ado, here are the 6 simple ways to green clean your home with ease!

  1. Start with the basics
  2. Try commercial cleaning products
  3. Keep your drains clean
  4. Thing four
  5. Thing five
  6. Thing six

Let’s take a deep dive into the world of green cleaning and unveil the curtain on the professional secrets to this subtle craft!

1) Start with the basics

The basics consist of Baking Soda, Borax, White Vinegar, Lemon, Castile Soap, and something called Washing Soda, which is actually sodium carbonate.

The article warns that you probably shouldn’t leave these chemicals around young ones and pets, but for the most part they are more innocuous than the far more chemically laden ones.

 

2) Try commercial cleaning products

The site encourages you to purchase commercial cleaning products that are ‘green.’ The reason for this is that these products tend to be easier to use, due to not having to mix anything. The ease of use is definitely an advantage if your goal is to get the job done in the easiest way possible. Remember, that’s what we’re trying to achieve in the end – a clean home for you with less work and less chemicals!

3) Keep your drains clean

Apparently it’s a good idea to use a strainer in order to keep debris from collecting in your drains, making it generally hard to clean in that area. It’s important to use a plunger first, then a concoction of baking soda and vinegar to get the job done. And remember – you should always pour some boiling water down the drain. Ideally weekly in order to keep the drain free of grease residue and buildup. Thank me later when you save on Dran-o!

4) Wood surfaces – how to clean them the green way

Real World Services Co, a commercial cleaning service in Columbus, OH adds that “You can clean most wood surfaces with olive oil and vinegar. This is a less-known folk remedy that works wonders in a pinch.”

Who knew that salad dressing could become wood cleaner, but I guess then you could eat off of the floor, right? Right? I know, it’s a bad one. Don’t hold it against us!

Pro Tip: For wood floors, try a 1/4 cup vinegar with a gallon of hot water.

5) Windows! Windows everywhere!

According to a post on Angie’s List, it costs about $2 to $7 per pane for window cleaning. That can get expensive!

If you can see specks on your windows, they are about to be blasted away by an amazing concoction!

Lemon juice and water will get the trick done. Try it out and let us know how it works!

6) Oven cleaning

Two words – baking soda. This is the old folk remedy that works the best and it’s very green as well. Just make sure that you’re letting it soak overnight so that the grime has a chance to come off. This is especially important if you don’t have one of those fancy self cleaning ovens. I mean, who does? Oh, that’s right. Most people. We should really get one of those for the office! But then we wouldn’t get to clean it, and that would make us sad, because we love cleaning!

Did we mention you can book us online if you’re in the Seattle area and are sick of cleaning your¬†oven?

7) The bathroom

The combination of baking soda and vinegar is very popular. In fact, “baking soda and vinegar recipes” garners over 25 million results on Google. It’s no surprise then, that you can use this magical combo to clean your toilet as well.

Pro Tip: Use borax on your tile and shower to scrub them clean!

8) Fresh air – the green way

Have you measured your air quality? Probably not, because that’s not something normal people do. But to tell you the truth, it’s something that affects your mood and quality of life more than you probably imagine!

Vinegar and baking soda (again) are used together to clean the air.

We hope this list helps, and please check out our handy online booking form if you need maid or housecleaning services in Seattle, WA.

 



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