"Spring cleaning? Try green"

Frumpy middle aged housewife gives the OK sign while cleaning.

It’s in the middle of October already! Can’t believe it! Time goes so fast and so does the season. Spring is about to end and Summer is just around the corner. Hmm.. time for a little cleaning don’t you think? With hot weather like this what I see in my kitchen (especially) are all ants, flies, cockroach sometimes... well you know, those sort of bugs and animals. So as soon as I stepped in to my home from work, all I want to do is clean.

Now. What do you think about a little difference on this year’s spring cleaning? Green cleaning doesn’t sound so bad hey? While  there are many other cleaning products in the supermarket’s aisle, they are loaded with chemicals, artificial colours and harsh cleansing agents. So this time I’d like to try something new. Green cleaning.

Today I would like to share some tips about green cleaning products we can make so easily and also said to work pretty good for households. I compiled this one from many credible sources (try care2.com.au or thedailygreen.com). Simple ingredients, natural, and non toxic.

Get ready to be surprised by something you didn’t know can do good for your cleaning session! :) :)

1)       Natural disinfectant

Mix 2 cups of water, 3 tbs of liquid soap and 20 -30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray to kitchen surface and voila! It will knock out germs without strong products


2)       Porcelain and tile

- Dust surfaces with baking soda then scrub with sponge or cloth.

- Use lemon juice / vinegar to get rid of stains, mildew and grease streaks.


3)       Kitchens

Baking soda always works. Sprinkle some baking soda then scrub it with sponge/ cloth. For tough stains, knead the baking soda with water to make some sort of paste and let set for a while before you remove.

Applications: stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, refrigerators, oven tops and more.


4)       Windows

Mix 2 tbs of vinegar (alternatively, lemon juice or club soda) with a gallon of water to put it in spray bottle. Spray to surface then scrub with newspaper instead of paper towels to avoid streaking.


5)       Carpet and rugs

Sprinkle some baking soda and cornstarch on the carpet, approximately 1 cup for 1 medium sized room. To deodorize


6)       Wood floors

Restore the beauty of wood floor by mixing up ¼ cup of vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water they spray until lightly damp. Mop your floor, and your wood floor should restore to its natural glow!

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7)       Oven

Coat the dirty appliances with the baking soda paste (mix it with a bit of water to form paste) and leave it overnight. Put on gloves and rub it with moist cloth or sponge to remove dirt & grease.


Interesting? Yes! For me going green for once in a while wouldn’t hurt. Possibly, this is one alternative that can work out pretty good. We’ll never know if we never try, right?

I hope this will help you do some good in this Spring! :) :) :)

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