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How to Clean Green

Forget the industrial cleaners and acids: a few household basics are all you need to breathe fresh air into your home.


  • Step 1: Let fresh air in Open your windows and let the fresh air in. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to boost indoor air quality even further.
  • Step 2: Shine with vinegar Vinegar cuts grease and dirt. For cleaning windows, fill a spray bottle with water combined with one quarter cup white vinegar. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice for a fresh smell.
  • Step 3: Absorb and scrub baking soda Use baking soda to absorb odors. It can also double as a scrubbing solution for countertops and tile.
  • Step 4: Clean with vinegar and salt Mix vinegar with salt for a powerful cleaning solution.
  • TIP: Use natural fiber sponges and cotton cleaning cloths or rags instead of paper towels. Throw cloths in the laundry and re-use.
  • Step 5: Wash floors with vinegar and water Add a half cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water for floor cleaner. To make it stronger, add some Ivory soap flakes or vegetable oil-based liquid soap, but you'll have to rinse afterward.
  • Step 6: Disinfect with Borax Combine a half cup of Borax (sodium borate) with a gallon of hot water to make disinfectant. Add a few sprigs of lavender or rosemary for a fresh smell.
  • TIP: Instead of using synthetic air fresheners, put out a bunch of fresh flowers or boil a couple of cinnamon sticks in water.
  • Step 7: Polish furniture with olive oil and vinegar Keep your furniture polished to perfection with a mixture of one teaspoon olive oil and a half cup of vinegar.
  • FACT: Almost ninety percent of all poison exposures occur in the home, an amount that could be greatly reduced by switching to non-toxic cleaners.

You Will Need

  • Windows that open
  • Natural fiber sponges
  • Cotton cleaning cloths or rags
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemons
  • Olive oil
  • And some borax
  • Fresh flowers and cinnamon sticks

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