Do you ever feel like your home is just too messy for you to ignore it? Or does it seem like the house is getting dirtier the more time you spend in it? If so, these cleaning hacks will amaze you. Instead of leaving your house and going to the store to purchase cleaning supplies, these cleaning ideas will leave you wondering why you never tried them before.
The EPA emphasizes the need for greening your cleaning supplies to maintain healthy conditions and home and work. Cleaning products are often released to the environment during normal use through evaporation and rinsing down the drain of left over product from cleaned surfaces, sponges, etc. This can lead to pollution concerns and other environmental issues.
One way you can make a difference is to make informed purchases. In a way, your purchase is your voice; you are telling companies that you support their products.
Alternatively, you can try these do-it-yourself projects at home. Many of these recipes require minimal, if any, chemicals and are surprisingly effective.
Scented All-Purpose Cleaner:
- One part white vinegar
- One part water
- Lemon rind
- Rosemary sprigs
Combine the ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and let infuse for a week before using. This natural solution will help remove water stains, clean trash cans, wipe away smudges, and more.
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup white or cider vinegar
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
- Optional: 2 drops of essential oil for smell
Combine the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Avoid cleaning windows on a hot, sunny day since the solution will dry and leave streaks.
Simply pour cola into the toilet bowl and let it sit before scrubbing. The acids in the soda will break down stains.
Lime/Calcium Buildup Remover:
Soak the towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Let it sit overnight and watch the buildup disappear in the morning.
Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022.
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