In his book “Clean,” Michael De Jong (Sterling Publishing Co., 2007) re-introduces us to what our grandmothers probably already know … most commercial cleaning products can be replaced by simple, effective and inexpensive homemade cleansers. Almost anything in your home can be cleaned with these five simple ingredients, which are safe for you, your homes, your children and pets!
The Safe, Clean and Effective Ingredient List:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
Interested in the science? De Jong tells us that these simple ingredients, in combination, create “catalysts for cleanliness.”
“When a sodium substance such as salt, borax, or baking soda is exposed to an acid substance such as white vinegar or lemon, carbon dioxide (CO2) is released… when any of the salt and acidic ingredients are joined and create carbon dioxide, miraculously surfaces are caused to cool ever so slightly, and the dirt actually pops off.”
Not only are homemade products using these ingredients safe and environmentally friendly, but by mixing your own cleaners and storing them in your own reusable or up-cycled containers, you’ll reduce the plastic waste from commercial products that enters the landfill.
- For an all-purpose liquid cleaner, combine equal amounts of white vinegar and borax.
- Another great liquid cleaner is just to mix equal parts white vinegar and water.
A spray bottle works perfectly for storage and use!
Here are a few ideas from “Clean” to get your green clean on:
- To remove stains on a Formica counter top, squeeze fresh lemon juice on the spots and let sit or 30 minutes. Sprinkle with baking soda, then scrub with a sponge. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry.
- To unclog a drain, pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add one-half cup of white vinegar. Rinse with hot water.
- Remove mineral deposits and debris from a glass flower vase by mixing one-third cup salt and two tablespoons white vinegar to form a paste. Apply to inside of vase and let it stand 20 minutes, then scrub. Rinse vase and dry.
- Remove rust from household tools and chrome by using salt and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Create a paste, apply to the rusted area with a dry cloth, and rub.
*Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children. Also, test before using in an inconspicuous place!
And, if you need a little help with the elbow grease, call or e-mail Camille at (913) 207-8677 or (816) 277-9124 to set up a house cleaning appointment. Olathe, Overland Park, and everywhere else in Johnson County, Green Clean Maid Services is ready to help with professional house cleaning.