Are you neat freak? Do you find yourself struggling to concentrate if you haven’t swept, vacuumed and dusted your room? Does a smudged mirror drive you crazy? At the same time, are you environmentally and financially conscious? Do you need a way to clean your house for cheap and without harsh chemicals?
Phew, that’s a lot of questions, but if you answered yes to all of the above, then you need these cheap and green cleaning tricks. I found these ideas on Savvy Sugar and added a few of my own. Time to get cleaning!
Vinegar and Newspaper
My grandmother swears by this method of cleaning windows and glass. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, mist the mixture over your dirty windows, and wipe down with old newspaper. Not only are you using an all-natural substance to clean your windows, but you’re also recycling that old newspaper instead of reaching for expensive paper towel.
Lemon in the Laundry
According to Savvy Sugar, adding a quarter cup of lemon juice to your white load of laundry will brighten the clothes up. I’m totally trying this.
Have a pan or baking dish with food burnt on? Fill the pan with cola and place it over low heat on the stove. The soda actually breaks down the stuck on food until it deteriorates. Rinse and wash with soap and water after an hour. (Now try to drink a soda with this tip in mind. I bet you can’t do it! Anything that can deteriorate burnt food on a pan in an hour or less is probably doing some damage to your insides. Uh oh!)
Did you decide you’re not really into the bumper sticker on your car anymore? Use a hair dryer on a low heat setting to warm the sticker up. After about 30 seconds, slowly peel the sticker back. It should come off without a struggle and leave no residue behind. Use this tip on anything that comes with an annoying sticker on it, but be careful not to melt the item itself!
Freshen up your carpets with baking soda. Just sprinkle it on and let it sit for a few minutes then vacuum it up. Baking soda is a great, natural and cheap deodorizer. You can also put an open box of it in the fridge to zap any mysterious odors (have you checked your produce lately?)
I read on Real Simple that ketchup is a great way to polish copper or brass. Just use a cloth to apply this famous condiment to your tarnished pots and pans to return them to their glory. I don’t have any copper or brass cookware, but I thought this was such a funny cleaning tip that I had to share.
What cheap and green cleaners do you use to tidy up your home?