One of the things I struggle with is cleaning. I don’t like to do it, I’m not very good at it and I hate spending money on cleaning products that make my eyes burn. Until recently we had someone clean our house every two weeks so I didn’t have to deal with any of that. She brought her own cleaning supplies (including rags!) and I just had to supply the vacuum. That arrangement was great but as my husband and I started to look at our budget and our financial goals we realized this was one luxury we could afford to spare. So we shed a few tears and decided that we would tackle cleaning the house ourselves.
In my quest for a greener lifestyle I began buying products that are environmentally friendly. Seventh Generation and Green Works are products that you’ll commonly find in my home. I have a two-year old daughter and don’t want her exposed to all the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products. She’s exposed to enough things that I can’t control (like air pollution, Justin Beiber and Ohio State Buckeye football) that I want her home environment to be as chemical free as possible.
The problem with all these environmentally friendly cleaners is they are expensive! So in my quest to find some homemade green cleaning solutions, I didn’t have to look any further than my fellow Noise Girl, Amanda at The Frugal Greenish Mama. Amanda has an entire green cleaning series that starts its focus on the nastiest room in the house (in my opinion), the bathroom! Who knew that some baking soda and a little vinegar are all you need to keep those bathtubs clean without all the harsh chemicals and fumes that make your eyes burn. In fact, with just three simple ingredients: baking soda, vinegar (that would be white vinegar, don’t get all fancy and buy champagne vinegar) and some essential oils, you have everything you need for a sparking clean bathroom. Here are just a few “recipes’ to get you started!
Tub/Shower Cleanser: Sprinkle baking soda liberally in tub/shower and spray with vinegar until damp (don’t wash it away). Go watch 30 minutes of The Real Housewives and then come back and wipe it with a damp rag and rinse with water.
Mold/Mildew Cleanser: Add 2 cups vinegar, 1 cup water and 20-25 drops tea tree oil. Spray on affected areas, let sit a few minutes and wipe clean. Do this daily.
Multipurpose Cleaning Solution: 1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water and 10-15 drops essential oil (Amanda recommends tea tree oil for its anti-bacterial properties) in a spray bottle.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda around the bowl and add 1 cup of vinegar. You can also add 10-15 drops of essential oils. Let it foam (aka work its magic) and then scrub away!
So tell me, did you know it was that easy to be green?