Going green on the cheap is easier than you think!
You can start with your household cleaners. If you have been purchasing bottles of "targeted cleaners" such as cleaners just for tiles, or cleaners just for windows, or cleaners just for the walls, then it is time to clean house!
My grandmother used to make all her own cleaners. She told me "back in the day" you did not take what little money you had, and run to the local store and purchase cleaners, you just didn't. There were all kinds of recipes and tips for cleaning, but over the years, they have got lost.
But with us all trying to reduce our carbon footprint, and go "green" these natural cleaners are making a comeback. They are even being sold in the stores now. But you can go green on the cheap, and still have a clean house. Invest in a big jug of white vinegar and keep on hand for cleaning jobs. It is cheap and works fast.
Try out these recipes:
ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
Either recycle a spray bottle, or pick up a few from the dollar store to have on hand. (Just make sure to label them).
Fill a spray bottle with one part of white vinegar (distilled vinegar can be bought in large containers for cheap!) and two parts water and a couple drops of dishwashing soap. This works well as a quick clean solution. Great for glass, stainless steel, countertops (laminate) and plastic surfaces.
If you need something with more "scrubbing ability" then try this:
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You can make a natural scouring mixture for those harder to clean items, like pots and pans, frying pans, etc..
Combine equal parts of salt, flour, and add just enough vinegar to create a pasty mixture. Rub the paste into the pots and pans or frying pan, then rinse well with warm water and dry with a soft towel. You should have effectively dealt with the stain.
If you have built up scum in your dishwasher, you can pour one cup of white vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher, then run the machine through a full cycle without any dishes or detergent in it.
I have even added 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse aid dispenser of the dishwasher to get rid of spots on glasses, instead of buying the commercial rinse aid. It is expensive for those little bottles!
If yours gets "smelly" then try this. Soak it overnight in white vinegar and water in the kitchen sink. Then rinse before using it. This keeps them smelling fresher.
There is so much you can do with natural cleaners in the house and yard. We just have to get used to making them rather than reaching for the prepared chemical ones all the time.
If your coffee maker slows down, and get clogged up, from hard water, then try this before you buy any of the commercial coffee maker cleaners. Put two cups of white vinegar in the water dispenser part of your coffee maker. Turn on the machine and let it run. Then run it through with clean water. It is amazing how it gets rid of those white scales and speeds up your coffee!
There are many more ideas for going green and using natural cleaners, but also being able to go green on the cheap should be motivation too!
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