5 Tips For Lazy Cleaners

There are those of us who relax best when we’re tidying up. And there are those of us who probably will end up on an episode of “Hoarders” one day. But most of us live in-between, and we’re basically lazy about how often we clean our homes.

For those folks — and for basically everyone — CleanMySpace.com’s Melissa Maker visited TODAY Friday with five tips that will let you be both “lazy” and have a home you can be proud of.

The Green Way To Remove Gum From Hardwood Floors

The problem with gum is that is sticks to everything from clothing to hair and can be a real pain to remove without damaging its sticky partner.   The floor seems to be one of the places it can be found the most and with households increasingly being upgraded to hardwood flooring, we decided to share our little tip for removing gum from your hardwood floors…the green way.

Its actually really simple.  All you have to do is get a piece of ice or an ice pack and rub it on the affected area for  a few minutes.  The ice allows the gum to harden and loosen from the flooring.  You can then use the peel of an orange or lemon to remove any excess residue left behind.  We tried this technique at a friends house and it definitely worked as shown in our image.

There you have it, you saved your floor, some cash, and your indoor air quality by not using any chemicals!  Please share any other green tips with us that you may have!

Laundry Stain Remover Removes More

One of my favorite parts of green living is finding multiple uses for a household item. It saves time, money, and space for other useful green cleaning products. Well your laundry pre-treater can be used in other places besides the laundry room. It is great at removing adhesive left behind from tape on solid surfaces. Know of any other uses for laundry pre-treat? Let us know in comments

10 Quick Tips for Green Cleaning

1) Use cleaning products made from safe natural and not-toxic ingredients to prevent exposure to the hazardous synthetic chemicals conventional cleaners often contain.  You can now easily find green cleaning products in the household isle of your local grocer or convenient store.  Popular brands include Seventh Generation, Ecover, Mrs. Meyers, & Method brand cleaners.

2) Dust with a damp cloth to ensure that household dust, which can collect toxins, is removed from surfaces and not stirred back into the air.  A micro-fiber cloth works best and because of it’s technology, you don’t have use as much cleaning solution to get the job done.

3) Open windows and doors occasionally (even in winter!) to rinse out any air pollutants that have accumulated inside.

4) Don’t use aerosol products. They fill your home with microscopic droplets of whatever is being sprayed. These droplets remain suspended in the air for hours and are easily inhaled.

5) Avoid room deodorizers or other air “freshening” products, which are frequently made from unhealthy chemicals.

6) Don’t use any pesticide products in your home, your yard or garden, or on your pets. Instead, supplement a preventative strategy with natural pest control methods.

7) If you decide to use them, keep conventional cleaners and other chemical products out of your children’s rooms.

8) Use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent. The chlorine in conventional detergents is easily vaporized by hot dishwasher water and then released into your home’s air.

9) Ask guests to remove their shoes when entering your home. That way, they won’t track in pollutants.

10) Buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These special filters trap unhealthy dust and allergens.

These fast and easy tips will help you clean your home the green way without costing you and extra money.  Please share with us any quick green cleaning tips you may have with our community

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