Green Cleaning Ideas for Your Home

Think you need to buy expensive cleaning products to eliminate filth? Think again! The next time you need to scrub, wipe or freshen, consider your pantry with everyday products for DIY green cleaning ideas. Environmental experts say the average household contains roughly 62 toxic chemicals. These recipes are all natural, easy to make, and won’t cost you much. Plus, they don’t contain toxic chemicals that can harm your home and family.

6 Simple DIY Green Cleaning Tips 

DIY Green Cleaning

  1. Lemons

Every few weeks, you’ll want to give your cutting boards a little extra maintenance. To do this, liberally sprinkle salt on the surface of the board and rub it with a lemon slice. To finish, rinse the cutting board thoroughly with hot water.

  1. Salt

Want to know the best way to clean your cast iron? Scrub it with some salt and a soft sponge. Salt is a natural abrasive, so it absorbs oil and lifts away bits of food, yet preserves the pan’s seasoning. Complete the process by rinsing away the salt and wipe it dry.

  1. Baking Soda

This is an old trick, but if you add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your average amount of liquid detergent, you can get whiter whites and brighter looking colors. The baking soda softens the water, meaning you can use a smaller amount of detergent or bleach.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide

Your sponges obtain tons of bacteria after so many uses. Using a shallow dish, soak them for about 10 minutes in half hydrogen peroxide and half warm water mixture. Another tip is to pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide in your toilet, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then scrub it spotless. It’s less harsh and potent than bleach.

  1. Vinegar

When you mix ¼ cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water, you can create a very effective shower cleaner. Combine both ingredients in a microwavable bowl for about 30-60 seconds and then pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on your shower surfaces and let it sit for about 5 minutes before you wipe the area down with a microfiber cloth.

  1. Essential Oils

There are many uses for essential oils. One that works great is a homemade carpet deodorizer that only contains two ingredients. Combine two cups of baking soda and 30 drops of your favorite essential oil in a fresh cheese or salt shaker.  Disperse the mixture generously on your carpets, let it sit for a couple hours, and then vacuum it up.

Curious how long these DIY green cleaning mixtures last? Most natural cleaning solutions last up to a few weeks. To check out more natural cleaning recipes, look at 10 All-Natural, DIY Cleaners to Scrub Every Inch of Your Home by Real Simple. If you’re looking for a cleaning service that uses environmentally friendly products, look no further than MTOclean. We provide a safe and clean environment by choosing to go green because we understand the positive impact green products have on our environment and lives. To receive a free estimate and discuss our green cleaning service options, contact your local MTOclean location!

MTOclean provides home cleaning services (maid service) and janitorial cleaning services to residential and commercial clients. We also provide additional services such as carpet cleaning, power washing and window washing. Each office is an independently owned and operated cleaning franchise; services vary by location. Contact the MTOclean office nearest you to learn more about the local cleaning services that are available and to arrange a free estimate.