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Wipe Away Winter

Finally Bulbs April 29, 2018

 

Time to make way for Spring! What better way to welcome the warm weather than with a fresh and clean home? Many of us begin our Spring cleaning process by purchasing the appropriate cleaning solutions and products. Well, stop right there! You may not have to go shopping at all. Some of the best cleaning solutions are already right there in your own home. We are providing you with 10 fun tips on environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. I mean, who knew an onion could clean a grill?

Water Stains:

Did you know citric acid kills bacteria, mold and mildew? It’s very effective in removing soap scum and water stains, calcium deposits, lime and rust. This makes lemons great for general disinfecting and cleaning. So for those stubborn water marks in your bathroom or kitchen, take half a lemon and use it as a sponge to make your appliances sparkle!

Dishwasher Stains:

Who else takes dishes out of the dishwasher and think they look as dirty as when you put them in?  Adding some citric acid to your dishwasher will help get rid of that fog on your glasses and soap scum on your dishes. You’ll think your dishes are as good as new!

Garbage Disposal:

Trapped food in your garbage disposal blades can cause some awful smells, but not anymore. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray, top the tray off with water, and put the tray into the freezer. Once they are frozen, toss one cube into your disposal and let it run. This will remove any and all food that’s stuck to the blades.

Microwave:

Cleaning the microwave is always a pain in the bum. Splattered food gets crusty and stuck in all crevices. Easy trick, squeeze half a lemon in half a cup of water and plop the rest of the lemon into the cup. Set the microwave for 3 minutes and then let it stand for 5 minutes. All of the unwanted grime will loosen from the steam, so you can easily wipe it all away.

Shower Head:

Mineral deposits build up on your shower head reducing pressure and water flow. Get rid of the build up with white vinegar. Vinegar can easily dissolve those minerals and free your shower of unwanted materials. Take a plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Fasten it over your shower head with a rubber band and let it sit overnight. P.S. Let the water run for a bit the next morning. You don’t want to hop straight in and smell like vinegar for the next couple of days.

Stainless Steel Sinks:

Make your sink shine! Sprinkle some baking soda into your wet sink and scrub with a sponge. If you need a little more power, just add a little salt to the mix.

Windows and Mirrors:

Did you know ink acts as a mild abrasive? That’s why using old newspapers as a cloth will make your windows and mirrors streak-free. Make your own cleaning solution with ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water.

Hardwood Floors:

After vacuuming thoroughly, fill a 2 gallon bucket with warm water, add a few drops of essential oils (fragrance of your choice), and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Warm water is best to use because it will evaporate faster, but just to be safe, buff the floors dry with a soft towel afterwards. This is a great way to clean your floors while also maintaining the quality of your hardwood.

Oven:

The oven can accumulate stubborn food grime that is almost impossible to clean. Here’s an easy fix, pre-heat your oven to 125 degrees and then shut it off. Right away, fill a spray bottle with ½ water and ½ white vinegar and spray the solution on all of the tough food inside the oven until it’s lightly damp. Then sprinkle some salt or baking soda onto the damp areas. Wait for the oven to cool and use a wet towel to wipe away all the grime.

Grill:

Get your grill clean and ready for the warm weather! Heat up the grill and spray some white vinegar onto the grates. This will loosen up old residue. Then, scrub the grates with half an onion. The onion acid will get rid of the nasty leftover remnants.

So to recap, always have lemons, vinegar, baking soda, salt, newspapers and onions in your home. Remember that whatever disappears down your drain reappears in nearby waterways. Keep your home clean while also keeping our environment clean. Now get to work. Spring is here!