Spring cleaning does not need to be a noxious-chemical-filled affair. Here are some ideas to keep your household chores nontoxic.
Step 1: Use lemon juice or vinegar Use lemon juice or white vinegar to remove stains, mildew, and grease streaks. Spray the liquid on a surface, and scrub it with a stiff brush or textured sponge.
Step 2: Make a disinfectant Make a disinfectant by mixing 2 cups water, 3 tablespoons liquid soap, and two dozen drops of tea tree oil.
Step 3: Clean windows Clean windows with a solution made by mixing 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Spray the solution on glass, and wipe it off with sheets of newspaper.
Step 4: Remove stains from carpets Remove stains from carpets using club soda. Pour it on the carpet, and blot the carpet with a towel.
Step 5: Make a bathroom cleanser Use baking soda as a bathroom cleanser. Dust the surface to be cleaned with baking soda, and scrub it with a damp cloth or sponge. To get rid of tougher grime, apply some kosher salt and scrub.
TIP: Kosher salt has a larger grain than ordinary table salt.
Step 6: Remove mold in bathroom tile grout Remove mold from bathroom tile grout using a solution made with one part three-percent hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. Spray the solution on the mold, wait an hour, and rinse.
Step 7: Clean soiled linens Clean soiled linens with a thick paste made with dishwasher detergent and borax. Rub the paste in, and rinse the fabric clean. Enjoy cleaning without worrying about toxic chemicals.
FACT: The bald, tan, muscle-bound cleaning aficionado known as Mr. Clean was created in 1957 by a Chicago art director, Ernie Allen.