12 Ways to Green Up Your Cleaning Routine

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.

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Dust and grime are obviously a fact of life. However, everyone that enjoys living in a clean environment, at some point in time, has to clean their home. I bet when you go to the grocery store to purchase cleaning products you walk out of there with at least a couple of bags of products.

Let’s look at what most people buy as far as cleaning chemicals…. Windex for windows, Pledge for wood, some kind of all-purpose cleaner, a kitchen floor cleaner, Dawn dish soap for your dishes, a toilet bowl cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles for your bathroom, a laundry detergent, a dishwasher detergent, bleach, Clorox for tough messes, Spot Shot for stains, Lysol for disinfecting, at the very least, right? Maybe you also buy something to clean the carpets or wood floors, and maybe some Drano for your sinks.

What if I told you that everything you needed to clean your home you likely already had in your pantry?

You could stop buying all of the expensive cleaners full of polluting chemicals that were just making your home even dirtier and use what you already buy to really clean your home well for cheaper. Would you be willing to toss them all and give something new a try?

Well, this is for real. Let me introduce you to some items that can clean your home (really clean your home) well that you actually might like cleaning with:

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.White Vinegar

I use vinegar in most every cleaner in my house. It is useful for so many things. It can be used diluted with water as an all-purpose cleaner and disinfector. Use it to clean your kitchen countertops, tile floors, and all bathroom surfaces. You can even use it straight in your laundry and on the carpet to get rid of pee stains and other stubborn odors.

White vinegar is great for cleaning up mold in just about any part of your home and to clean up stubborn grease in the kitchen. Did you know that you can even use vinegar to clean the windows and mirrors all over your house.If an area needs to be cleaned and I’m not sure what to use, I turn to white vinegar first. And just know that the vinegar smell does go away.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Coke or Club Soda

I typically use coke straight up on my clothing when we have a blood, wine, coffee or chocolate stain left to sit, or be scrubbed in, just before tossing into the washing machine. However, it’s great for curtains, blankets, carpets, rugs, or anything else that needs a similar stain removed.

And as sweet as Coke naturally smells, it’s great for neutralizing odors.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Baking Soda

Baking soda is like vinegar in that it’s a great all around cleaner. If white vinegar won’t clean it up, baking soda is sure to get it. Anywhere you need a gritty scrubber with excellent grease and stain removing power, the bathtub or shower, the oven or stove top, clothing stains, polishing your silver, cleaning out the coffee pot, and even cleaning up rust stains.

Baking soda is great for outdoor furniture as well. It can be used dry and scrubbed in, or mixed into a paste to be left on stubborn stains a little while. This particular ingredient can alone be used to make washing soda which is a particularly caustic cleaner requiring gloves and a mask to use. Because it reacts with acids, it’s great for clog removal, alongside vinegar, in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. And let’;s not forget how powerful it is in your washing machine to remove stains and increase the cleaning power of your laundry detergent. You can even leave a box open in a particularly smelly area of your home, like the closet, and it will absorb the smell. This stuff is amazing!

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Olive Oil

Olive oil is another handy ingredient to have around, especially when you have a sticky mess to clean up. Bubble gum, stickers, those labels on jars and toys that you’d really like to scrub off, etc. are a great place to bust out your olive oil.

Consider using it to condition your leather couches, leather car seats, the dashboard in your vehicle, and other leather items to remove cracks, dryness, and protect them from wear and tear. It is also a great wood polisher. Just as it protects your leather, it will do the same for your wood, and it has a nice mild smell.

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This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Salt

Just as baking soda made a great gritty scrubber when you needed one, salt kicks that up a notch. Salt is great for removing ice from your walkways, cleaning stains from your driveway and garage floors, and even cleaning steel, gold, pewter and silver.

But as well as it scrubs, it is just as effective to disinfect, deoderize, and clean. Gargle salt water to clear a sore throat, drink it to get rid of a cold and soak your clothes, dishes, and even your sponges in it to remove stains and odors, clean and keep germ free. I really like table salt to clean and pink Himalayan for consumption.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Lemon Juice

Mostly lemon juice is great for the wonderful citrusy smell that it adds to any other cleaning ingredient, but it’s also a great grease remover. Add it to olive oil when polishing floors or furniture, add it to your laundry for added stain removal and a nice lemony scent, or even add it to a diffuser to have a nice lemony smell throughout your home.

You can even use it in your bathroom to help with soap scum and water spots, both for the nice smell and the cleaning power.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

My favorite use for hydrogen peroxide is for streak free cleaning on your windows and mirrors. Just add it straight to a washcloth and wipe away. Hydrogen peroxide, with it’s bubbling action is great for disinfecting, getting rid of lyme on your faucet heads, and for getting rid of mold and mildew.

Most people already know how great it is for cleaning out wounds, but did you know it also makes a great bleach alternative for sterilizing and whitening your clothes?

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Boiling Water

Surprisingly, just using boiling water will solve a great number of problems in your home. My favorite way that I’ve used boiling water was when our cabinet was bumped and a wax diffuser fell off and spilled melted wax all over the cabinet and the tile floor. Yes, I was pouring water all over the place, but by pouring boiling water over the stained surfaces, the wax came right off and didn’t even leave a film. This works great for carpeting as well.

However, boiling water is also great for sterilizing items like canning instruments, jars, baby bottles, bottle nipples or anything else you’d like to clean. It’s good for cleaning out sink drains as it melts anything clogging the pipes, and it melts away fats and oils that are stuck on stove tops, inside ovens, on countertops and floors, and even on pots and pans.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Open Windows

We make it a regular habit to keep the windows open all over the house as often as possible around here. We have two kids, two dogs, a cat, and two stinky adults living in this house. Opening the windows allows any stale air to leave, filling the house with nice fresh air and cleans out any lingering sickness and germs.

If you or anyone in your family have been sick, the air inside your home will be filled with germs as well, and this can make you sick over and over again. This also goes for sweating, dead skin cells, dirty clothes, food smells, etc. Open the windows and let all of that out. Instead of using expensive Lysol or other air fresheners, this option is free and available to everyone. It’s great for getting rid of bad odors as well.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Garbage Can with Lid

Speaking of keeping down odors and getting rid of nasty germs…invest in a garbage can with a lid. Not only does this keep all of that grossness in its place, but little hands and teeth can’t get into your trash either, if you have kids or pets. And make sure you take out your trash regularly and you’ll keep the stench and the bacteria in its place.

Plunger

This is another easy fix. No need for Drano or drain snakes unless you have other serious problems. Just invest in a good plunger. Make sure you buy the right one for your needs though. There’s a sink plunger and a toilet plunger. The toilet plunger looks like a bell, while the sink plunger is a half circle. One of these can handle some of the worst clogged drain problems over and over without you having to invest big money.

This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.Homemade Laundry Detergent

Finally, consider making your own laundry detergent. It’s super easy. There are a few good recipes, like the one I have listed above, but I find my current recipe the least amount of work on my part.

Baking soda, like I mentioned above, will make something called washing soda. You simply fill a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper with about a 1/2 inch of baking soda. Put it into a 400 degree oven for 1 hour and voila! I would be careful to touch it with your hands or breathe it in though. It is now caustic and very dangerous.

As you can see, I use a 1.5 gallon drink dispenser for my laundry detergent. In boiling water, I dissolve 1/3 cup washing soda, 3/4 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup Castile soap. You can purchase the Castile soap from any natural grocery store, like Sprouts, for a great price and it lasts forever. Now you have a clean way to wash your clothes without all of the harmful and expensive chemicals.

It always makes me feel good to know that I’m doing something good for my family. As taking care of my family is my number one priority, if something is going to be healthier, especially if it’s easier and cheaper for me, then it’s never a hard decision. And if you’re ever in a bind on how to clean something, now you have a great go-to list to help you out. Enjoy!

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This article gives you 12 ways to green up your cleaning routine with easy, healthy ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry like vinegar, baking soda, club soda or coca-cola, hot water, and fresh air.

Get my Green Cleaning Checklist (PDF) now!

Just for subscribing to my Wedding blog, you'll get this great bonus. With this checklist, you'll have all of the ingredients you need to clean your house from top to bottom, all right from your pantry!

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