Clean & Green Eco-Hacks

As we all begin to open up the windows and venture outside again after a long, hard winter, now is a great time to turn up some music and get down to some deep cleaning!

Here are some eco-friendly, budget-friendly homemade concoctions that will leave your house sparkling and the planet smiling. From window cleaners to grout whiteners, here’s how to spring clean whilst staying green…

1. Grease is the word
To remove grease, mix a paste of 1 tablespoon baking soda, with ½ tablespoon dish soap, and ½ tablespoon water. Leave this paste on really greasy places for at least 10 minutes then wipe off.

2. Switch to microfiber
Microfiber is a man-made fiber smaller than a strand of silk. They’re so effective at removing dirt that you don’t need to use as much detergent to get things spotless.

3. Scour the shower
For soap scum on tubs and showers, make your own scouring powder with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part Borax (buy this at any large grocery store or pharmacy). It will cut through even the toughest dirt.

4. Citrus-infused spritz
Fill a jar with citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (up to two weeks), then use it as a natural surface cleaner. This works as a window cleaner too – just dilute with equal parts water.

5. Clout that grout
If the space between your tiles is not as clean as it could be, sprinkle some baking soda on the grout, taking care to cover it well. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar (you could use the citrus-infused spritz above) then spritz the powdered grout. Let the mixture bubble for a few minutes, then scrub it away with an old toothbrush.

6. Got mold?
Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water. Wipe or spray the mixture on mold, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then scrub or wipe down the surface. To prevent it from growing back, spray the clean surface with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water.

Now that you’ve got all the tools of the deep cleaning trade, pop over to our article on Super Smart Spring Cleaning to find out how to halve the time and effort it takes to really clean up..

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