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Green Cleaning

April 14, 2011 by

It’s that time of year again, when you throw open the windows and air out the house. Time to shake out the rugs, consider packing away the flannel sheets, and time to CLEAN. Before you reach for that blue cleaner, check out your pantry. Chances are, you’ve got all the makings of a green cleaning kit right on your shelves or in your cupboard. Not only can you clean your house without putting you or your family at risk, but it’s also cheaper. Personally, I’m a huge fan of a basic, simple, all-purpose cleaning spray that is equal parts water, white vinegar, and a dozen or so drops of essential oil (favorites are tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, and rosemary oil). You can buy the big jug of vinegar for next to nothing (especially if you go with store brands), big box stores offer spray bottles on the cheap, water you have. The most expensive part is the oil (which isn’t a must; it just helps dilute the vinegar smell a bit) – and luckily, that lasts for quite a while as you only use drops at a time. Voila! An easy-to-make and good-for-you all-purpose cleaner. Use it to spray down counters, sinks, stoves, toilets. whatever surface needs cleaning; it even makes a fantastic, streak-free window cleaner!

What are your favorite green-cleaning tips or suggestions?

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