Effective and safe general cleaning practices suggested and employed by Green Clean
Green Cleaning Tips
Generally speaking, always good to use products that are safe around children, animal and is suitable for indoor air quality and the environment.
Most cleaning products maybe contains some irritants chemical for some people, and it can cause allergic reactions if you don’t know what a particular ingredient is (or can’t pronounce the word!) chance are it is hazardous. Look for eco-friendly labels.
For even safer and cost-efficient techniques, here are some practical tips for cleaning specific areas:
Multi-Purpose Green Cleaning Essentials
Cost-effective mainstays for green cleaning include baking soda, white vinegar and liquid castile soap. They can use separately or in combination; applied individually or combined in a spray bottle, depending on the task at hand. Castile soap is versatile and biodegradable and is listed on the David Suzuki Foundation site as made of plant oils and free of artificial foaming agents and harsh cleansers.
Sprinkle baking soda on tub, sink or porcelain surface and rub with a wet rag. Add a little liquid Castile soap to the cloth for more cleaning power. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving a thick film.
Linoleum, Woodwork or Tile Cleaning
Add ½ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water for mopping. The smell of vinegar will disappear after the floor dries. You can put For more stubborn jobs, add a few drops of castile soap to a wet washcloth and rub briskly. A rinse might be necessary to avoid streaking.
Window & Mirror Cleaning
Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to a spray bottle and fill the rest of it with water, then shake. Use crumpled up newspaper instead of a paper towel to conserve and for less streaking! For outside windows, a sponge with warm water and a few drops of liquid castile soap will do the trick – rinse well and squeegee dry.
Mix one cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to all oven surfaces and let stand for 15 minutes. Apply a microfiber cloth and scrub. A spatula or bread knife can be used for getting under large food deposits. This recipe may require a little more effort but will pose no risk to you or your children. Do not use this on self-cleaning ovens, however.
To free minor clogs and prevent future ones, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, wait a moment, then add ½ cup of white vinegar. Allow to fizz for a few minutes, then pour a tea kettle of boiling water down. Repeat if needed.
Colour code microfiber cleaning cloths
Green general dusting
Blue glass mirrors and polish surface
Red washroom toiles and urinal
Yellow washroom countertop sink dispersants washroom partitions and wall
Another green practice to remover soil and bacteria by using microfiber cloths designer them for each specified location: as mention above
Vinegar and baking soda works like a charm, and will get rid of the smell, too!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl just as you would any scouring powder. Add a couple of drops of castile soap and scrub. Finish outside surfaces with a damp cloth or paper towel sprinkled in baking soda or a little vinegar.