Spring is in full swing and that means warmer weather, outdoor activities, and less time to spend cleaning.
I recently caught up with Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate and blogger for the green cleaning leader, Maid Brigade, to find out some of her green cleaning secrets for healthy spring cleaning.
“To save time, I always keep healthy cleaning supplies close at hand,” Marie says. “It’s amazing that you can safely and effectively clean your home with common household items like olive oil, baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.”
I love this approach! I know a lot of the common household cleaners contain all kinds of bad stuff I really don’t want my family to inhale (or lick, in my son’s case. He actually LICKS counters as I spray them, and then looks at me with a stinker grin. That boy … ) I much prefer to use ingredients that are safe (even edible) and effective.
Here are four of Marie’s go-to green cleaning recipes that are safe for your family, pets, and the environment.
Those ugly rings. To remove rings from your furniture, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply it with a microfiber cloth (moving with the wood grain). Use another clean, dry, microfiber cloth to shine it up.
Let the sun shine in. Spring is a great time to clean the windows. Start by preparing your window cleaner by combining ¼ cup white vinegar, 1-tablespoon cornstarch, 2 cups club soda (or warm water or a mixture of both), and ¼-cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix. Spray on the window and wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth or a squeegee, whichever you prefer.
Stink in the sink. Clean the garbage disposal by throwing vinegar cubes down the disposal and turning it on. (You can make the cubes by freezing full-strength distilled white vinegar in ice cube trays.) To remove odors, put lemon or orange peels in the disposal.
Scum be gone. Tackle that nasty residue around the tub and shower with a scrub paste made from baking soda and a tiny bit of water. Rub with a microfiber cloth.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Maid Brigade is the only house cleaning service that is Green Clean Certified®. The company has a consumer advocacy program led by Stegner that aims to provide safe, green cleaning solutions for people and pets.