Green Cleaning Tips For An Eco-Friendly Home
As Chinese New Year is just around the corner, it is the time of the year again for the house-cleaning rituals. It is a tradition to do spring cleaning before Chinese New Year because by cleaning the house, we can clear away all the bad luck from the previous year and ready for a new start.
There are many cleaning products available but some may release dangerous chemicals that will harm your health and the environment.
Find out how you can clean your house in an eco-friendly way while protecting the health of your family.
BONUS: Cutting down on the chemicals cleaning products, can also save you some money!
Your New Best Friend –Baking Soda
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This magical powder is not just for baking, from kitchen to bathroom, the uses of baking soda are almost endless.
Universal Cleaning Paste
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a bowl and add enough water to make a creamy paste.
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Tip: Cut the lemon in half. Spread the baking soda mixture on the flat side of the half-lemon and use it like a sponge. This leaves a natural citrus scent. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue.
Places like kitchens, bathrooms can be difficult to clean as they have a variety of surfaces; baking soda paste will be handy because it whitens and disinfects these surfaces.
Here are a few surfaces:
1. Fridge- Store an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer to help eliminate odors. You can also use the baking soda mixture to remove stains in the refrigerator.
2. Drawer – Fill an old sock or small cloth bag with baking soda and place in a drawer to absorb odor.
Toilet bowl cleaner
Pour a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and leave it at least for an hour. Add the same amount of white vinegar and leave it for a while before flushing.
De-stink pet beds
Sprinkle baking soda over the bed, wait about 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Refresh stuffed animal toys
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 0.5 liters of warm water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on the toys. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean.
To keep cockroaches and ants away, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda around the areas of the home and doorways. Leave it overnight and vacuumed the next day.
All-purpose liquid cleaner
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Cleaning vinegar or white vinegar is frequently used at home because it consists of acetic acid, which helps to break down the structure of some dirt, oils, films, stains, and kill bacteria.
To prepare this vinegar-based cleaner, you need the following items:
• White Vinegar
• Water bottle with nozzle
Pour one part of vinegar and 2 part of the water in a water bottle. Shake well.
Mirrors and windows
Spray the vinegar mixture on rag and use the rag to wipe on mirrors and windows. Then use a crumpled newspaper to wipe clean.
Diluted white vinegar is excellent for cleaning many other surfaces such as floors, carpet stains, computer screens, devices, shower curtains, mattresses, children’s toy and glassware.
Tips: Do not use on marble or granite
Spray the mixture on the wall and leave it for an hour. Then wipe the area with clean sponge and warm water. After cleaning the wall with vinegar, you can use the baking soda paste to scrub the wall because baking soda is a natural disinfectant that can be used to kill mold.
Clean the refrigerator
Use this solution to spray on refrigerator shelves. With a damp cloth, wipe the shelves and walls down, removing all spills and grime.
Cutting Board Cleaner
Sprinkle salt over the chopping board. Spray undiluted vinegar over the salt and let it sit for few minutes. Then scrub the chopping board and rinse with water.
We hope you like the article! Happy cleaning!
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