First, let me just get this out of the way: I hate cleaning. It’s not my cuppa tea. Not my floor-te’, if you will. I find it boring, gross, and frustratingly necessary. I am also one of those “natural products” people. It’s hard being a non-toxic domestic slacker, I’ll tell ya. You need products that can handle a caked-on mess without a smell so bad you need a respirator. So here are five green cleaning hacks that regularly come to the rescue!
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1. Cutting Boards
Per CleanMama Save your spent lemons and use them as little yellow sponges with a pinch of salt for scouring. Your cutting boards will smell amazing and be super clean! I initially worried about damaging the oil finish on my wooden boards, but then I remembered I don’t re-finish them anyways. *sheepish* They seem just fine. I keep a bag of lemon halves in the freezer now.
2. Sinks and Faucets
Speaking of lemons, when life gives them to you: scrub your sink! Another gem from Clean Mama and Mother Earth Living: sprinkle baking soda around the sink and fixtures, scrub with lemon halves, and rinse with water. I am always stunned at how shiny it makes our faucet and handles. It almost makes me want to go clean the bathroom right now.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
If there were a green cleaning queen it would probably be my friend Sarah. She has multiple spray bottles of hydrogen peroxide stashed around her house to clean everything. My favorite place for the ol’ peroxide is on the stovetop. Spray generously, walk away from the stove (yes, it’s OK for once) and wipe with less intensity than you would have had to. Voila! It ate all of the burnt food.
4. Cleaning Beds
If you have a bedwetter in the house, you know the pain! This one is a combo of many popular mattress cleaning ideas.
- Blot the urine if possible,
- Fill a spray bottle with warm water, a couple tablespoons of liquid laundry soap, and about a cup of vinegar.
- Saturate and let sit for a few minutes
- Blot up the moisture.
- Sprinkle baking soda on top and let dry with a fan.
- Use a handheld vacuum on the baking soda.
A bottle of that concoction lived by my son’s bed for years and saved us from a a pile of mattresses as tall as the Princess and the Pea. (chuckle)
Pro-tip: Eventually, I wised-up and bought this organic cotton mattress cover. It’s a sanity-saver for bed-wetting! This thing is seriously amazing. It’s super waterproof but somehow soft and cottony, even after a thousand washes. Crinkly, loud, and uncomfortable covers are the worst.
Our cover has been through the wringer and held up great. It does have a few perma-wrinkles around the edges (but I probably didn’t follow washing directions, to be fair). If you have a bed wetter, this is a must-have. I don’t know why I spent so much time mattress cleaning when I could have had this cover in my life. Sigh.
Finally, check out this Toilet stain remover from Frugally Blonde. This is for when time flies, you’re a busy parent, and the toilet gets really bad. No judgement: been there.
She employs one of my favorite natural cleaning superheroes (vinegar) with a genius method to get rid of toilet ring nastiness. Also, see CleanMama to learn about her toilet cleaning game changer. I had no idea toilet seats like this existed. Seriously considering it.
There you have it, five green cleaning hacks to make your life a little easier! I hope you found something new to employ in your endless quest for domestic shininess. Mwahahaha.