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Simple & Cheap Green Cleaning Tips ……Small Steps Toward Living Green

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by Sue Bond
(Philadelphia, USA)

There are many benefits of going green with your cleaning products. One is health, the second reason is that it helps the environment, and lastly – it helps your bank balance!

I can understand why you might not believe me. After all, we need so many tough cleaning products for all the different areas of our home, how could green options possibly cost less?!

The truth is they do, and that’s because most of the commercially made cleaning products that we buy are a lot more expensive than they need to be!

You could start buying green cleaning brands, but I found it pretty simple to start making my own cleaning recipes from scratch, storing them in old spray bottles.

Now, to talk about the amazing natural ingredients that make up some of these effective, eco-friendly recipes:

Vinegar:
You’ll realize that this simple ingredient is truly amazing when you start learning about what it can do. So powerful, in fact, that whole websites and books are dedicated to the ways you can use it!

Some examples are as a stain remover, to clean your coffee machine, to clean your floor, or to get rid of bad smells!

Lemons:
This natural ingredient is so simple but is great at cleaning for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it smells fresh, secondly the acid it contains is great for its antibacterial properties (hint – use it on your chopping board), and, thirdly, it can get rid of tough stains on your kitchen counter – especially when combined with our next ingredient, baking soda.

Baking Soda:
This is perfect for getting rid of nasty smells: many people choose to keep a small pot in rooms or in the fridge to absorb any unpleasant odors.

It’s great for cleaning stains from surfaces, and, when combined with vinegar, it creates an unstoppable cleaning force that literally eats away at mould and unblocks drains without those harsh chemicals!

And the best thing about all three of these ingredients is that they are CHEAP!

More and more online stores are now letting you buy them in bulk, which also helps you to go green by saving on packaging.

Updated: November 11, 2012 — 5:34 am

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