A Cleaner, Greener Spring

Monday, April 7, 2014

I have mentioned my efforts to go natural and green here, but I wanted to share a few specific cleaning techniques that I have implemented in the last three or so months to reduce the amount of chemicals that reside in our house.  I have switched over to cleaning almost everything with vinegar and baking soda. Here are a few recipes and products that I have been using to give our house a spring cleaning.  

Floor:
I detest the rotten post-cleaning headache that I get from using strong chemicals, so switching over to vinegar and essential oils has been wonderful!  Now vinegar does not have the greatest scent, so I use the essential oil to mask the strong smell, or if you don't feel like using essential oil, the vinegar smell goes away as soon as the floor dries.  

Countertops/Sink: 
I loooooove Mrs. Meyer's products!  Last summer we house-sat for some friends and the wife kept a bottle of this counter-top cleaner under her sink and I was completely smitten.  It makes my house smell so wonderful!  Just about every female family member and friend received it as a gift last year.  

Vacuuming: 
I have only used this carpet deodorizer once, but it did make my carpet feel so clean and smelled so fresh! I will definitely be doing it again!  You can find more cleaning product recipes in 


Laundry:  
Clean laundry is the best.  After many months of thinking about it, I decided to try out my own laundry soap.  You can see the recipe I used below.  I also put about 1/4 cup of vinegar in every load I run.  It is a color-fast for those fading darks and keeps the brights vibrant. These drying sheets are probably awesome, but I think I am allergic to them so I skip the dryer sheets entirely.  With this detergent, and the vinegar, you don't need them.  The last 3 or so weeks that I have been using this detergent, my clothes have come out very soft without using dryer sheets.  

Original laundry soap recipe from Delightful Creations and other green living ideas can be found here

If you have any other great green-living ideas, I would love to hear about them!
Happy Spring-Cleaning!

10 comments

  1. I've been wanting to make my own laundry soap for a while now! I'll have to try yours out if I ever get around to it... and if we ever make it through the huge Sam's Club box we bought forever ago!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  2. I've been cleaning my floors with vinegar for a while now, partly for cost and partly because it is easier on my puppy than bleach based cleaners. Instead of essential oils, I keep a jar of citrus peals, fill it with vinegar and let it sit for a couple of weeks. It naturally picks up the smell and orange oil is a great cleaner in it's own right.

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  3. the other good thing about green cleaning is you don't have to worry when your kids help. T- favorite thing to do is use my spray bottle while we clena the house together. Hangin out with kid and cleaning two birds one stone!

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  6. I've been wanting to make my own laundry soap for a while now!
    سارع الى الانضمام الى افضل واقوى الشركات المميزة فى القيام باعمال التنظيف والقضاء التام على الجراثيم والحشرات واى شىء غير مالوف متواجد فى المكان فالتعرض الى الاتربة والفطريات من الامور التى من الممكن ان تؤدى الى الامراض فاذا كنت تعانى من التنظيف وتعانى من وجود الكثير من التغيرات التى تحدث نتيجة للتغيرات المناخيه فعليك ان تستعن وتتواصل معنا شركة بسمة الرياض على الفور فى القيام بكل ذلك شركة تنظيف بالرياض من اهم وافضل الشركات التى تقوم باعمال التنظيف والقضاء على كل شىء غير مالوف على الاطلاق بالاعتماد على عدد من الخدمات المميزه والتى تساعد فى الحصول على افضل النتائج فمن اهم ما تقوم بيه الشركة الاتى
    1- الاعتماد على افضل الاجهزة والالات المميزه فى القيام باعمال التنظيف للارضيات والسعى الى الحصزل على افضل النتائج فى تنظيف المفروشات من خلال البخار
    2- الاهتمام بتوفير الكوادر البشرية المميزه التى على وعى وتدريب كامل حول كيفيه القيام باعمال التنظيف والتلميع والتعطير والسعى الى تحقيق افضل النتائج المميزه فى اقل وقت ممكن
    3- اسعار شركتنا فى متناول الجميع وتتلائم مع جميع عملاءنا الكرام فى الرياض او خارج الرياض وقدره شركة بسمة الرياض على الوصول الى اى مكان فى المملكة العربيه السعودية
    اذا كنت فى اى مكان فى الرياض وتعانى من القيام بخدمات التنظيف انت الان تمتلك افضل الشركات التى تتمتع بتاريخ عريق والقدره على القيام باعمال التنظيف من الالف الى الياء والاهتمام باعمال التنظيف من الداخل والخارج والقيام بتنظيف (الفلل – المنازل – البيوت – الشقق – المجالس – الارضيات – تنظيف العفش – الاجهزة الكهربائية – تنظيف الخزانات – الجنايين – الاستراحات – المستشفيات – بيوت الشعر - .... وغيرها ).
    هناك عدد من الشركات التى تقدم عدد من الخدمات فى التنظيف الا ان شركة تنظيف لا تقوم باعمال التنظيف على اساس انه مهام للتنظيف التى تقوم بيها شركة نظافة بالرياض تقوم بيها على وعى وايمان كامل بانها افضل الشركات التى تقوم باعمال التنظيف فالشركة تعتمد على افضل واقوى المساحيق التى تتمتع بجودة عالميه ولديها القدر على القيام باعمال التنظيف وازاله الاتربة والجراثيم فى اقل وقت ممكن بالاضافة الى ان شركة نظافة تعتمد على القيام باعمال التنظيف من خلال احدث الاجهزة والالات المميزه التى تساعد فى القيام بالتنظيف افضل من القيام باعمال التنظيف بالطرق التقليدية التى تسبب الكثير من المشكلات وهى بهتان الالوان والحصول على النتائج الغير مرغوب فيها بالاضافة الى اننا نتميز بالمواعيد المظبوطة والاهتمام باعمال التنظيف فى مقابل اقل الاسعار المتواجده فى السوق السعودى باكمله بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تعتمد على افضل الخدمات فى مقابل اقل وقت ممكن فاذا اراد ان تقوم بالتنظيف فاستعن بينا على الفور.

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  7. شركة تخزين عفش بجدة
    يمكنك الآن تخزين اثاث منزلك فى أأمن وافضل المستودعات والمخازن المؤمنة من اى خطر يمكن ان يتعرض له الاثاث من خلال شركة المنزل فهى شركة تخزين اثاث بجدة تقدم لكم الخدمة بأفضل الاسعار ومن خلال افضل العمالة المُدربة
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    شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض فى الشتاء تواجه اهالى مدينة الرياض مشكلة من اصعب واخطر المشاكل المتعبة وهى انسداد بيارات المجارى وانسداد شبكة الصرف الصحى شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض
    شركة تسليك مجارى بالقطيف
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقطيف

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  9. شركة تنظيف موكيت بتبوك
    اذا كنت تبحث عن شركة تنظيف موكيت بتبوك , تقدم خدماتها لتنظيف جميع المفروشات المنزلية , تنظيف المنازل , تنظيف فلل, تنظيف مجالس , لدينا خبراء في تنظيف المنازل بتبوك والمملكة العربية السعودية , نحن شركة كبيرة ومتخصصة في اعمال التنظيف تواصل معانا لمعرفة احدث عروض التنظيف , شركة نظافة بتيوك نحن افضل شركة تنظيف بالمملكة العربية السعودية, نستخدم افضل مساحيق التنظيف أتصل بنا الان
    شركة نظافة بتبوك
    http://elmnzel.com/cleaning-tabuk/

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