Go Tough on Grime, Be Gentle on the Earth

March 23, 2018

It’s that time of year to open the windows and let the sun and breeze fill your home again! So why would you want to scrub your surfaces with harsh chemicals? You can have a naturally clean, fresh living space in two simple steps.

First, get the tools for the job.

Harness the abrasive power of walnut shells for scouring pads and sponges made from plant materials that biodegrade naturally. Our newest favorite (shown in photo): natural latex and plant-fiber cleaning gloves with an ingenious cuff design that catches water from running down your arm!

Explore Full Circle Home’s line of green cleaning supplies, and make the switch to plant-based, all-natural, and recycled solutions for making your home shine, toxin-free.

Next, choose your natural grime-busting cleaners below.

Here are our top seven natural cleaners. Dilute any of them with water and these versatile staples will replace all the chemical cleaning agents in your house.

  • Lemon. It’s acidic to kill bacteria, and probably the most popular scent that people identify as “clean-smelling.”
  • Baking Soda. Cleans, deodorizes, and scours. Makes a great paste for cleaning tile and grout with brushes.
  • White Vinegar. Removes mildew and other grime buildup.
  • Natural Soaps. Avoid anything with sodium lauryl sulfate or other petroleum components.
  • Rubbing Alcohol. A great spot disinfectant.
  • Citrus Oils. The inside rind of oranges are great to rub on sticky areas to remove stuck-on goo.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide. Diluted with water, use in spray bottle for surfaces. Or add a little to baking soda for a foaming cleaner.

Which are best for common cleaning chores?

Air Freshening: Commercial chemical fresheners just mask odor and fill your house with overpowering scents. On your stove, bring to a boil a pot of water, citrus rinds, cloves, and cinnamon. Reduce heat and simmer for several minutes. Grind lemon slices and peels in your garbage disposal. Baking soda in small dishes absorb odors, especially in your refrigerator. Houseplants clean the air naturally. Introduce fresh-cut flowers into your environment regularly.

Bathroom Mold and Mildew: Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water and spray. Let sit for and hour before rinsing and wiping. For tougher grout clean mix a paste of baking soda, dish soap (and optionally a tablespoon of vinegar) and use a bristled brush to scrub.

Carpet Stains: Mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Spray on stain and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe with sponge and soapy water.

Kitchen Cleaning: Lemon and white vinegar are your go-tos. Disinfect cutting boards and surfaces with these acidics and follow with warm soapy water.

Windows and Mirrors: Clean with white vinegar or lemon spray mixture. Wipe off and shine with newspapers. The printing ink will leave them streak free!

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