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  1. Whether you're concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products or you simply want to save money, natural cleaning solutions are a healthy, cost-effective way to ensure that your home sparkles. With a little research and a few common ingredients, you can make DIY cleaners for every crevice. Here are five recipes to get you started. 1. Lemons Yes, just lemons. Citrus fruit can clean everything from your garbage disposal to your countertops (provided they aren't marble or stainless steel). You can also mix lemon juice with sea salt for a natural scouring solution or with one or two tablespoons of cream of tartar to make a paste for cleaning grout. 2. Natural Tile Cleaner Avoid the chemicals in commercial tile cleaning products with this easy DIY solution. Start with a half cup of baking soda, then add your favorite natural liquid soap slowly until you achieve a frosting-like consistency. Top it off with five to ten drops of your favorite essential oil. Make the paste with water instead of soap and leave out the fragrance for a green oven cleaner. 3. Citrus-Infused Vinegar Grab the lemon peels from the fruit you juiced for the first tip to make this versatile solution. Just fill a jar with lemon, orange, and lime peels, then fill to the top with white vinegar. Let it sit for anywhere from three to 14 days before straining out the vinegar. The resulting solution can be used to clean windows and glass, disinfect germy surfaces, and mop floors, though you might want to contact a company like A-Plus Window Cleaning if the windows are extremely dirty. On its own, vinegar can be used to clean your coffee maker, dishwasher, drains, and showerheads. 4. Natural Laundry Soap For this easy, money-saving recipe, mix one part soap flakes or grated bar soap with two parts each of Borax and washing soda. Store the mixture in a glass jar or other closed container, and use between two tablespoons and a quarter cup for each load of laundry. 5. Heavy-Duty Toilet Scrub Instantly clean and disinfect your toilet by mixing a half cup of baking soda, 10 drops of tea tree, and a quarter-cup of white vinegar. The fizzy mixture easily washes away accumulated grime while you scrub with a brush. When you're done, mix baking soda with essential oil in a clean jar with a lid for an instant air freshener. Once you've tried these quick-and-easy, all-natural cleaning fixes, you'll never want to go back to the harsh smells, damaging chemicals, and prohibitive cost of commercial cleaning products.
  2. Running an unsanitary home is a known cause of many complications and allergies are one of the most common ones. Cleaning a home with non-toxic materials, however, should be of utmost importance and priority – not only do toxic chemicals poison the environment, but can also be quite damaging for your own health, as well. This article will guide you through the main points of non-toxic home cleaning and care, towards an allergy-free home. Cleaning by Room Although it is vital that you keep each room clean and, therefore, healthy, different rooms require different cleaning approaches and means to reducing allergens. Bedroom – Your bed is a perfect home ground for mites and allergens, so taking care of your bed cleaning should be done at least twice a week and vacuuming on a daily basis if you are prone to allergies. Encasing your pillows, mattresses and box springs in cover that are dust-mite-proof is also recommended. Living Room – The room where you spend most of your personal time naturally needs a lot of cleaning. Perform dusting and vacuuming at least every other day in order to keep the allergies at bay and pay special attention to allergens’ breeding grounds, such as curtains. If you are especially prone to allergies, think about removing your carpeting and opt for hardwood or linoleum flooring. Given the fact that dust is the most common cause of allergies, think about browsing through air purifiers for your living room – these are great ways to fight dust and make your air fresh and clean. Kitchen – Not only is keeping your food clean a key factor in maintaining your health, but the kitchen can also turn quite filthy, unless cleaned regularly. Make sure you wash your dishes on a daily basis – mold and food debris shouldn’t stay untended to for more than a couple of hours. Think about installing a vented exhaust fan, in order to remove cooking fumes and reduce mold-causing moisture. Bathroom – Now perhaps the biggest problem with bathrooms is the mold – unless you have tiles installed on your shower walls and next to your bathtub, you are bound to experience mold on your walls, which is a known cause of health problems. When it comes to bathroom flooring, use tile, vinyl or linoleum to make cleaning easier. Additionally, an exhaust fan will reduce moisture greatly, after steaming baths and showers. Basement – Although this is the least frequently visited room within your house, it is likely to turn into a cesspool of germs if not cleaned regularly. Water-damaged carpeting should be removed and the foundation and stairwells checked for any sources of leak-caused water damage. When it comes to your clothes dryer, make sure that the moisture is vented outside. The biggest problem with basements is clutter, so properly arranging your stored items is of essence, in order to avoid health hazards Your Home in General When it comes to the general cleaning overview of your house, it is essential that you establish a weekly cleaning routine. This is not to say that a bit of cleaning on a daily basis shouldn’t be performed, but that you should thoroughly clean your home at least once a week. Pro tip: if you aren’t a smoker, be strict about your non-smoking policy within the walls of your house Keeping your house clean is vital for keeping the allergies at bay, even if you don’t have any significant allergen problems. These, however, aren’t the only health hazard an unclean home might cause, so exercising proper cleaning is vital, even if you do not suffer from allergies.
  3. Owning a home means sometimes your place will get fairly messy. You need a routine cleaning schedule to ensure the general protection of your home and family and maintenance to keep things preserved. As a greater emphasis has been placed on being environmentally friendly, people have begun to understand the need for a greener way to clean. Countless products exist that make this task simple, and most of the ingredients are probably already in your home. Here are some simple ways to get your house spiffy and still be kind to the earth. Craft an All-Purpose Cleaner The name of these ingredients speak for themselves by being safe to use on virtually anything, but there is also a multitude of ingredients that can be used in these cleaners, and each of them serves a different purpose. A common mixture includes mixing 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with a drop of liquid soap and two cups of hot water. This mixture only takes on the odor of the soap and works to abate growing bacteria, caked on dirt, and is a great way to clean bathroom stains. The base of this cleaner allows for the incorporation of other important green items, like vinegar, as the acidity of the liquid kills all types of bacteria, ultimately making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. One Simple Fruit with Endless Possibilities Whether they are squeezed to make a drink, used to leave a house smelling fresh, or made into a heavy-duty cleaner, lemons are always a good idea. The acidity of a lemon works as a bleaching agent which makes it ideal for laundry, washing white surfaces and breaking down areas that collect a lot of germs like kitchen counters. Squeezing two lemons into a spray bottle with one tablespoon of baking soda makes for a profound, eco-friendly bleach. If you desire the fragrance to be more potent, though, consider reducing the baking soda to 1/2 tablespoon. Aside from mimicking a bleach, lemons are rich with citrus flavonoids which are powerful components that fight free radicals from entering the body. When used in rooms of the home where germs are the most concentrated, this cleaner guarantees a home free of sickness, disease, and even insects. Invest in an Energy Efficient Vacuum Cleaner Sometimes sweeping is not sufficient enough to rid your floor of debris and a broom is unable to reach every corner of a room. As a result, investing in a quality vacuum is essential to keep things truly dirt free. Some of the best Central Vacuum models are quiet, save energy, and have the ability to reuse the bags. The necessary power does the trick without straining valuable natural resources. For the Living Room: Corn Meal and Olive Oil People with children understand that spills are part of everyday life, but few cleaners exist that will remove the mess without harming playing children or pets. From the carpet to furniture, a natural, non-toxic cleaner is needed; this is where corn meal and olive oil are able to work their magic. Olive oil rubbed on a rag acts as a powerful furniture polish that will leave tables, chairs, and wood floors looking brand new. Corn meal on the other hand, acts as a powerful absorption tool that effortlessly lifts spills off of carpets and other fabrics. In sum, green cleaners are not only beneficial for the environment and the safety of your home and family, but work wonders on a household budget. All of the ingredients used in green cleaning are often already in the pantry or fridge and if they are not, they are easily attainable at stores throughout the world.
  4. When you consider that household cleaners are the number-one cause of poisoning in children, it’s important you’re vigilant about which products you use to clean your kitchen. This room is probably the most important, since you prepare food and spend the most time here, especially with kids. What’s more, the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are about three times more likely to cause cancer than air pollution. If you’re anything like the average home in the U.S., which has more than 1,000 different chemicals in it, it’s time to clean up – the safe and green way. All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner There are plenty of all-purpose cleaners on the market that will take care of tough stains while being hard on your health. For a green all-purpose kitchen cleaner, combine two tablespoons of vinegar, a teaspoon of borax or baking soda, and two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake it, and then add a quarter-cup of liquid soap. Spray your counters and appliances, and wipe clean. Dish Soap When purchasing a dish soap for your kitchen, stick to detergents that are non-phosphate. To make your own detergent, purchase a bar of plain castile soap, place it in a bag and add water in a ratio of one part soap to four parts water - by height. Let it sit for five days, adding 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oils like lemon, orange, and lavender for even more disinfecting power. Drain Cleaner To clean your drain without losing cells in your brain, pour a half-cup of baking soda down it followed by a half-cup of vinegar. Let it bubble for about 15 minutes and pour a pot of boiling water over it. It's that easy! Oven Cleaner Typicaly oven cleaners often include some of the harshest chemicals to your health. Have you ever used one and once you smelled the fumes, literally choked? That's a clear sign that whatever is in that cleaner shouldn't be around you or in your home. To clean your oven safely, generously sprinkle water over the bottom of it. Cover the water with baking soda, leave overnight and wipe clean. TIP: Ovens are notoriously hard to clean if they're spills are abandoned. To help, sprinkle salt on spills immediately while the oven is still warm. When the oven cools down, scrape the area and wipe it clean. Stain Removal If you're unable to lift the stains with the green all-purpose kitchen cleaning solution that you've made, try sprinkling the surface with salt and squeezing lime or lemon juice over it. Let it sit for a few hours and then rub it out. Pest Problems With a clean kitchen, you'll keep the critters away. But if you do have a pest problem, investing in an organic pest service instead of a traditional one is also important if you want to save you and your family's health. Examples like Greenleaf Organic Pest Management specialize in “low-impact” solutions to get rid of bugs easily and safely. What green cleaning solutions do you rely on to keep your kitchen and home clean?
  5. In the last couple of years, Australia has passed through a great transformation expanding its business industry with more than 4 percent. The great prosperity Australian business owners have leads to the development of more and more companies each year. Along with the tremendous increase of the number of local business offices comes the need of using the services local commercial cleaners offer in many of the big cities such as Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and more. Being on top of the wave of the continental business industry has its own perks, yet, it hides great responsibility when it comes to keeping nature safe. The pressure green organization apply on large enterprises leaves business owners no option, but to play along the rules and providing healthy work athmosphere for its employees is one of them. Benefits of Building an Eco-Oriented Business Developing a successful company may be a hard thing, but keeping it in the top charts is much more complicate. According to researchers, the first six months after the outset of a newly-developed business are most important time for the whole startup. These tedious days determine the future of the business and taking the right steps towards building a well-established enterprise are of great significance. As much as it is important that the company indicates a steady financial growth, adopting a non-Eco-friendly strategy is impermissible. Being against Earth organizations will not only get you a bad name in potential customer circles, but it will certainly make the development of your company a much more difficult task. Make The First Step For Your Business Towards Sustainable Living The easiest way to take upon a nature-friendly course is keeping your business property as easy as possible. You may either organize a business cleaning event on the Weekends or spare your employees the hard work and call a commercial cleaning company. Melbourne and the other big cities around the country offer an extensive range of business cleaning services along with some great discounts you can benefit from as an Australia-based company. No matter if you choose to take part of some of the Oz ecology events or have a quiet clean-up around the office every once and a while, be sure people will notice. The Australian nation is strongly oriented towards sustainable living and keeping Earth safe will not only make your brand more noticeable, but it will accelerate a wave of local customers wishing to support your business on its road towards helping the rejuvenation of our planet.
  6. Spring cleaning is something everyone has to do at some point and you don’t necessarily want to use harsh or toxic chemicals to get the job done. Luckily there are other options. Here are some green and natural products to help your spring cleaning efforts along. Baking Soda One of the best green cleaning products you can use is simple baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, allow it to sit for a bit, and then vacuum it up to remove odors. Mix baking soda with vinegar to make a powerful cleaning paste that can be used in sinks, toilets and ovens. Baking soda, a pinch of salt, and a little water can be combined to make an eco-friendly scrubbing paste to get rid of difficult stains. Vinegar Basic white vinegar can clean many things in the common household. It can be used with a little water to create streak-free windows and mirrors, and can be used plain as a disinfectant on most surfaces in kitchens or bathrooms. Leaving a rag soaked with vinegar in a tub or sink will break down mineral scale. Pure Lemon Juice Pure lemon juice or pure lemon extract can be an amazing ally while doing spring cleaning. Use ten drops of lemon in a gallon of water as a fragrant disinfectant. The same mixture can be used as a general purpose cleaner around your home to clean furniture or decorative items. You can also add the lemon to other green products to improve the smell. Olive Oil A little real olive oil can be used to help polish and protect your wood furniture in the spring. Clean your furniture with normal water and dry it then put a little olive oil on a clean rag and buff the surface afterwards. This will bring out the shine and beauty of the wood. It also makes a protective layer that will help to repel dust and allergens. This can relieve symptoms from allergies especially when combined with effective medications like Dymista. Fragrant Essential Oils A final product to have on hand when doing green spring cleaning is essential oil. Get some essential oils with scents you enjoy. You can put a few drops on cotton balls and leave them in key areas to naturally improve the fragrance of a room or drawer. You could also boil essential oils in water to create a sudden rush of pleasant fragrance in the home. Using natural products to do spring cleaning has many benefits. It helps the environment and maintains good indoor air quality. You will also have fewer problems with skin irritation and allergies as a result. These simple products can all help you when spring cleaning time comes around.
  7. Engineered or activated water is increasingly taking place in the cleaning industry. It has three major types, which are used for cleaning -- ozone, hypochlorous acid and water electrolysis. Despite the fact that none of these have been recognized as a disinfectant, they are good sanitizers, perfect for cleaning glass and other surfaces. The main thing here is that these activated water solutions help minimize the use of harmful chemicals, thus protecting yours and your children’s health. Many cleaning businesses have adopted the usage of natural, bio detergents, but this technology is on a next level. The fact that cleaning industries can take advantage of the engineered water technology is not a recent finding. The large machines, needed to put into operation this innovative technology, have been around for many years, but customers weren’t happy with their size and price. Recently, technologies have evolved and now even the small, hand-held devices can activate water for cleaning purposes. The rising public awareness of sustainability and global warming issues determines this technology as a great step towards providing eco cleaning services at a very decent price. Еngineered water is obtained through electrolysis, which causes nearly undetectable pH and other changes in its chemical composition. Еlectrolysis is a process which uses electricity to break down water molecules into positively and negatively charged water ions. When you apply water in electrolyzed form to a certain area, the charged ions attach to dirt particles and lift them off the surface. More information about the process you may find in this interesting article. Activated water products and devices are mostly used in educational establishments, retail and healthcare facilities, commercial buildings and owner-occupied properties. Many building service contractors also embraced the idea. What drives the increase in activated water usage is that this technology provides a great value for little money. The usual cleaning chemicals require high costs for production, transportation and storage. In our case, these costs do not exist for the reason that engineered water can be produced on site.
  8. Most air fresheners today are not really ones that obliterate odors, but mostly ones that work on masking them. They work that way and fool the brain into thinking the smell has evaporated, but in the end the bacteria that causes it often remains behind. Antibacterial air fresheners of course exist, but they are often limited to hospitals in many cases. There are also quite a few chemicals present in most commercial air fresheners out there and aerosols that happen to be either triggers for allergies or sometimes just downright hazardous when inhaled. Phenol, petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, butanoic acid, methylformamide, polyacrilic and nitro musks and a lot more can be a cause for skin irritation, carcinogenic influence, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine gland disruption and worse. The air freshener industry nowadays uses thousands of synthetic chemical ingredients that are there to stabilize products, increasing their shelf life and boosting profits across the board by lowering production costs and ensuring effective results biased for said increased profits. While this is understandable from a business point of view, the health issues that may occur in such cases give rise to the need to find alternatives in many cases. The rarely recyclable materials used for packaging of these products, mostly spray cans and plastic bottles end up in your local landfills each year. The automatic air fresheners on the market work even when they don’t really have to. Depending on their chemicals this may quickly become an irritant for more sensitive people. Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions and a lot of companies are looking forward to green ways they can improve their products, as well as the time-tested recipes for homemade alternatives: Opening windows can really improve the air quality in a home and fast, something a lot of people tend to forget due to air conditioning being so prevalent in most modern homes. Never underestimate how welcoming a breath of fresh air may be when the place feels stuffy even with the AC on. Using a tablespoon of salt with about half an orange or a lemon can temporarily bring a fresh citron smell in a room. You don’t have to waste the orange, you can even use a scooped out one instead. Vanilla extract placed in small containers around your home can also really brighten up the mood without chemicals and aerosols. Make a potpourri of roses, lavender or some other scented flower or plant you have around your garden and bring the floral scent in your rooms safely. It can’t be used all the time, but it is an excellent natural solution to the issue. You can also make use of baking soda to remove acidic odors from your home, simply sprinkling it over the area that needs the scent gone and then vacuuming it. You should always remember to treat the cause of the scent instead of the symptoms, such as pet bedding creating a really unpleasant stink. Cleaning it may not be a great option, but it would work if you leave it in the sun once in a while. The same goes for floor cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and many other aspects of home cleaning in general. Cleaners Up Ltd. can help you with more cleaning tips
  9. Green Cleaning Health Benefits

    As green cleaning grows in popularity, a lot of people tend to see the worth of implementing it into their everyday routines. Thanks to research and warning labels we are finally aware of a lot of the dangerous qualities of most conventional chemicals used in cleaning products that are in fact completely pointless if we can use safer alternatives. Cleaning is one of the more important parts of our daily lives, as it doesn’t really matter how many times we try to clean a home, it will always need more cleaning every week or so. Dust mites can be fought by using regular cleaning as often as possible, as well as the danger of mold spores and mildew which happen to threaten every bathroom and kitchen if it was abandoned for too long. The use of harsh chemicals will have extremely bad effects on not only your local environment, but your health and the surfaces around your home. In many cases such chemicals can cause allergies to flare and may even become a trigger for asthma attacks if you’re not careful. There are plenty of green products capable of getting things done without too much effort involved and by keeping you safe from harm. A lot of cleaning products will have a negative impact on building occupants, but you can control this by ensuring there are no respiratory irritants, as well as other contaminants which will end up hurting you as well as cleaning your areas. Chemical reactions between certain cleaners can also endanger your life, such as the one between ammonia and bleach, so you would do well to stick to nontoxic solutions that work wonders. If you remove such products from your household you will have a much greater chance of success without the inherent danger you’d need to deal with otherwise. Keeping your home’s air conditioning or ventilation running or opening your windows on a regular basis is another key to keeping your home nice and clean, as well as keeping your air quality great as you go. If you want to have more practical examples of applications for everyday cleaning, then you can go with the following examples: You can clean windows with a simple mix of water and distilled white vinegar. They will work flawlessly for this purpose, easily working the same way as any other window cleaning product without the need for any chemicals and possible toxicity. You can also work with rubbing alcohol to do the same, as it can also break down fat from fingerprints and more. Lemon juice and olive oil can really get things going in terms of furniture polish, as they will really help without the toxicity involved in most other cases. They can help your furniture shine, but it will also leave a pleasant scent of lemony freshness when you’re done. Flour, salt and vinegar can be excellent metal cleaners with a good bit of success without any toxicity and heady smells. You can mix them together in a paste, covering the area in need of cleaning. Let it dry and then buff it with a soft, clean cloth and you will have excellent results. You can clean copper and brass with a simple slice of lemon, as the acid in it will break down patina and return the shine to your metal objects. Cleaning Domestic Cleaners Ltd. can help you with more tips. Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.
  10. DIY Green Cleaning Cheat Sheet

    According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air pollution is one of the top environmental dangers and causes a lot of health confitions as well. Some of the symptoms include fatigue, headache, irritation of the throat and more. If you don't keep your home clean, thus indoor air fresh, the pollution in the house could cause respiratory diseases and even cancer. On the other hand, the labels on most of the cleaning products warn that they are harmful and you should use a protective clothing in order to use them. And here it's the paradox, neither cleaning nor leaving your home full of dirt will help save the planet or your health. What Should We Do?We can make our own green cleaning products for every room and every spot! It would be efficient as a professional product, but cheaper and better for your health. Green Cleaning Cheat SheetWhat do you need? White vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, essential oils, lemon and borax, although some of the people believe it's dangerous to the health, there isn't any proof of that. What you should know? White vinegar removes mildew, odors, stains and has disinfectant properties. Baking soda is great odor remover and water softener, it's used for cleaning, scouring and scrubbing. Lemon is very effective against most bacteria. Borax is a strong disinfectant, which cleans and deodorises. Here are some DIY green cleaning recipes: Mirror, Glass and Window CleaningYou need: 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water; How to: Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray onto the surface. Wipe with crumpled newspaper or with a clean cloth. Tip 1: For а better smell you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Tip 2: It's better not to clean your windows on a sunny day because the mixture could dry too fast and leave unpleasant stains. Water StainsYou need: lemon; How to: Slice the lemon into two halves and scrub the stain with the one part; Tub Toilet and Sink CleaningYou need: baking soda / borax and white vinegar; How to: sprinkle some baking soda onto your toilet brush and scrub the grime. For the outside of the toilet surface, apply some white vinegar on a sponge or cloth and wipe off. Tip: To disinfect the toilet use borax, instead of baking soda. Floor CleaningYou need: 1 cup of vinegar and 1-gallon hot water; How to: mix them and use the solution to mop the floor. This works for ceramic tile, vinyl and wood floor, as well as linoleum. Tip: add a few drops of essential oil for fantastic smell. Wooden Furniture CleaningYou need: lemon juice and olive oil; How to: apply equal parts on a cloth and rub into the wood. Countertops and TilesYou need: baking soda, white vinegar and water (1:2:4); How to: apply the mixture on a sponge and wipe off. Carpet CleaningYou need: white vinegar and water (1:1); How to: spray the dirty area of the carpet with the mixed solution and soak up with a towel. Tip: if the stain is still there mix equal parts of white vinegar, salt and borax (the mixture looks like a paste). Rub it into the carpet and leave for two hours. Vacuum after that. Cleaning Product For EverythingYou need: 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water; How to: mix the baking soda and the white vinegar into the water and store the solution somewhere safe, in order to use it when it's needed. You can use it for everything: water stains, window washing, countertops, upholstered furniture, etc. You should simply apply the solution on a clean cloth and wipe. Tip: For better smell you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Air FreshenerYou need: baking soda, lemon juice; How to: mix equal parts of both ingredients and put the solution in a dish. That will absorb the odours and it's very useful, especially if you have pets. Wall CleaningYou need: baking soda; How to: apply the baking soda to a sponge, rub and wipe; One of the most important things in order to have a clean and fresh home, is to open the windows wide at least twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. The smell in your house will be better through the day and you'll sleep better through the night. If you haven't got enough time to make your own green cleaning products, hire a cleaning company. I recommend you to use a local cleaners, who use non-toxic cleaning detergents. Those types of cleaning products are natural, environmentally-friendly, and safe for humans and pets. Contrary to Kermit The Frog's popular quote: 'It's not easy being green', it actually is that easy. Go green.
  11. With all the research, nowadays, revealing that the air in our homes is about 200% more polluted than the air outside, people increasingly turned to more natural cleaning agents such as vinegar and baking soda. And it is a fact that many of the commercial cleaners nowadays are not only more expensive and cause pollution, but are actually damaging, and could even trigger asthma if someone is genetically predisposed.There are many benefits from cleaning with natural products only. Vinegar is so popular because it is cheap, efficient and perfectly safe to use at home. You, probably knew all that, so I won't waste your time. What you may not know is the variety of things that you could clean with vinegar. You can use vinegar: 1. To clean the floors. Mix a few cups of vinegar in a bucket full of hot or lukewarm water and use it to clean your flooring. 2. Remove Stains. Vinegar works quite well with non-oily stains. Simply mix some vinegar with water and apply on the stain, than rub gently with a soft sponge and rinse with tower dipped in clean water. Let it dry. 3. Carpet cleaning solution. Vinegar is a very good carpet cleaner for a few reasons. As we established it is quite effective when it comes to stains, but that's not all to it. As vinegar is acidic it is quite good in eliminating dust mites, germs and bacteria. Often when you have a carpet and pets, or it is situated in a high traffic area, it could become dusty. So washing it with a solution made of vinegar and water would help eliminate the bad odors and all the mites. 4. Use it as a multi-purpose cleaner. Simply get a spraying bottle and fill with vinegar and water. Spray on your dining table, kitchen counters and other areas that you think need cleaning. Wipe with a damp cloth. Because of the acidic qualities of vinegar all the surfaces you use it on will be bacteria and germ-free. 5. Windows. Believe it or not a mix of white distilled vinegar and water doesn't leave marks and streaks on your windows. Instead it leaves them gleaming and really clean. 6. Drains. You could use vinegar to freshen up the drains and get rid of all the grease build-up. Simply pour a couple of small cups down the drain, which will eliminate the bad odours, the grease and other nasty stuff down the drain. You could the same with your garbage disposal/ Switch it on and while it is working pour down a cup of two. In addition, you could add a few pieces of cut in halves lemon. 7. Oven. In order to clean the oven properly you will need another ally in the face of baking soda. All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water, apply everywhere inside the oven equally and wait for a couple of hours. After that you spray vinegar, again, all over and if it starts fizzing then it is working. 8. Microwave. In a heat-resistant bowl make a mix of vinegar and water. Put inside the microwave and heat for 2 minutes. The fumes and vapours will soften the grease which you will only need to wipe with a damp cloth. 9. Mattress. vinegar will do wonders with your mattress. You can make a mix and apply it on an affected or stained surface of your mattress. Or you could wash your mattress covers in hot water and vinegar, which will kill the dust mites, which are known to be triggers of asthma. Professional cleaners warn against the use of vinegar on some of the following spots at home. Careful, you don't want to damage these and make your landlord unhappy! Vinegar is not to be used on: 1. Grease. Vinegar cannot do much when it comes to grease. So clean other stuff with vinegar, but when it comes to greasy frying pans and dishes, reach for the dish washing solution and leave the vinegar for the salad. Actually, if you want another green cleaning alternative for grease stains and build-ups you can get baking soda. Making a paste of baking soda and water will usually be enough to get rid of the annoying stain. 2. Waxed surfaces. Not only you should avoid using vinegar on such, but you must never do it, as it will damage the finishing. If you are looking to remove an old coat of wax use vinegar as much as you like, but if you just want to clean the surface go for something else. 3. Stone. Do not use on stone flooring, or other stone surfaces such as counters etc. Stone could corrode if you clean it with vinegar. 4. Sensitive screens. Never use vinegar on sensitive screens such as plasma screens and other lap top screens. They have special layers that could be damaged if you apply vinegar on their surface. 5. With bleach. Never use vinegar with bleach. It is acidic and when mixed with bleach it makes powerful weapon. No kidding. The fumes that your mix will release will resemble closely a gas used in World War I.
  12. Everybody loves a clean house, but not everybody likes to clean. You don't have to be a cleaning freak to keep your home clean and tidy, though. All you need is to learn how to keep everything under control. Tackle small messes before they grow bigger and get your family in the routine of helping you out by performing certain chores right away. Check out some of the habits that you should acquire for a cleaner house. Take off your shoes. Shoes are a very convenient way for dust and dirty to enter your home. So, in order to prevent this, make sure you and your family get into the habit of taking their shoes as soon as they enter the house. Forget what you see on movies where everybody is walking around the house with their shoes on - they don't have to clean anything afterwards, but you will have to if you enter with your muddy sneakers. Regular vacuum sessions. You don't have to clean thoroughly everyday, but it is a good idea to vacuum high-traffic areas in the house every two days or so. Pay special attention to the carpets and doormats because they are the ones get dirty the fastest. Also mop the kitchen floor too in order to remove any crumbs, stains and other residues. Don't forget the windows. You would be surprised how many people neglect their windows. However, a regular cleaning can save you plenty of time and effort in the long run. So instead of washing your windows only once every year, trusted window cleaners from Sydney suggest doing so every 3-4 months. The fridge is another place which should be maintained systematically. Before you put the groceries you've just bought, do a quick check up of the current food in the fridge. Throw away everything that has expired, smells funny or it's getting mouldy. In this way you will not only free up some space, but you will also avoid having your refrigerator smelling horrendously. Just make sure you also give it a quick swipe with some glass cleaner for disinfecting the area. Dealing with the bathroom. Keep a small squeegee in the bathroom and get your family in the habit of using it after they finish bathing. Wiping down the walls regularly will prevent the build up of soap scum and will keep the mould away. And while you are in the bathroom, it is also a good idea to start cleaning the sink daily. Use baby wipes to remove hair and toothpaste stains or mascara drips. Finally, sprinkle some baking soda in the rubbish bin, add a cup of distilled vinegar and half a lemon (or orange). Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse. The vinegar is a natural disinfectant and the lemons will provide you with exotic scent.