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Green Autumn Cleaning Tips

By Luke Armstrong

The chemicals in most commercial cleaners can be pretty harsh, depending on the nature of the areas in need of cleaning. You may be surprised that there are few green products you need that get the job done with less harm to yourself and danger to the environment.

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The following tips will give you a few ideas you can use in terms of autumn cleaning with a green twist:

  • There are great benefits to using green cleaning products, as it will allow you to keep your home spotless without too much dangerous chemicals involved. Thankfully, there are quite a few things you most likely already have around your home. There are also quite a few commercial products you can use to help you in the long run, becoming a part of your usual cleaning kit and its tools.
  • The materials and supplies you will need will include distilled white vinegar, a washing leather, liquid soap, microfiber cloths, borax, baking soda and olive oil. These can all be used in your cleaning efforts for a number of things, following below.
  • You can work on cleaning glass with a simple mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Simple spray the windows or surfaces with it and wipe it with a wash leather and a lint-free cloth to buff it to perfection.
  • You can work on cleaning your countertops in much the same way, simply mixing some baking soda, water and vinegar together in a 1:2:4 ratio. Use a sponge to scour the area, then rinse and wipe it all away to finish the job.
  • Cleaning your floors is also a fairly easy task, simply mix some white vinegar in a gallon or so of hot water and you will have a great way of washing your floors with little effort involved. You may even add some essential oils or peppermint if you want to have some pleasant scents left when you’re done.
  • Cleaning wooden furniture is also a fairly easy task to deal with, which requires some lemon juice and olive oil to get the job done. You can dip a small soft cloth into the mix, then rub it on the surface of the furniture to buff and shine it. This may work a lot better than most petroleum-based polish products available on the market, plus you won’t have to deal with the heavy smells most of them have.

You can also clean your toilet bowl with some baking soda, as it happens to be gritty enough to get the job done. You can also work on disinfecting it with a mix of borax and vinegar. This will work well on killing bacteria in the bowl as well as removing most stains.