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.

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

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.

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.

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.