D.I.Y Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Well maintained hardwood flooring can change the entire dynamic of the house.  If shoes make the outfit, then it can be said that hardwood floors make the room.  They come in different types, styles, and can be stained a variety of colors.  The only downfall is that they need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order ro preserve their beauty.

Every house is different in terms of traffic, but most floors need to be mopped at least once a week.  To make your hardwood floor cleaner all you need is:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Place the solution into a reusable spray bottle.  I like to spray the solution onto the floor and wipe it up by placing a microfiber cloth onto the bottom of a swiffer ( those reusable cloths get expensive and cause unneccessary waste).

If you want to be fancy, you can purchase this refillable mop from Rubbermaid.  Simply pour your vingear floor cleanig solution into the reservoir, use as directed, and your floors will be green clean in no time.

D.I.Y Liquid Cleanser / Eco Friendly Soft Scrub

Tough stains in your kitchen or bathroom can take a toll on you, especially if you dont have anything around the house  to scour them with.  Our cleaning team recently came across a shower that really needed some work, so we came up with a mixture of homemade “softscrub” liquid cleanser to help us get the job done.  All you need is:

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oils

Stir until you acheive a paste like consistency.  Dont be alarmed if it starts to bubble, the chemical reaction will do that naturally.

I then transfer mine to an repurposed container such as old commercial liquid detergent containers or an old dish soap bottle.

We used this on a severly neglected fridgeand here were our results:

Please share you tips or photos with us, or let us know how well this worked for you!

DIY GOOF OFF / GOO GONE

Ever tried to remove a sticker or piece of tape from a piece of glass, or a manufacturer sticker from a piece of plastic? If so, you are probably left with sticky adhesive on the items surface, or even worse, half of the paper is stuck as well.

All you need is

  • Baking Soda
  • Coconut Oil

Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda to make a paste, and apply it over the affected area. Using the course side of your sponge, rub the solution in a circular motion for about a minute or two, then wipe off with a towel or rag. The adhesive and / or sticky paper should be gone and your items for fish that look like new!

In extreme instances you may have to repeat this process two or three times, but there have been instances where I’ve had to do the same thing with commercially manufactured Goof Off or Goo Gone.

Please share with us how well this eco friendly adhesive remover has worked for you

Green Tip Tuesday: Avoid Antibacterial Products

There are tons of consumer goods with antibacterial properties available on most department store shelves these days. However, they are unnecessary, and may even contribute to antibiotic-resistant super germs. It’s better to avoid them, and save antibiotics for when they are really needed.

Today consumers can buy antibacterial soaps and cleaners, cutting boards, storage containers, chopsticks, socks, slippers, sheets, mattresses and even toys. Many of these products contain the compound triclosan, which is also used in hospitals for its bacteria-busting power. The trouble is, many scientists are worried that such widespread overuse of triclosan is likely to render it useless, as microbes may develop resistance to it, as well as possibly other similar antibiotics.

Instead, green – er way is to wash your hands in hot soapy water for 20 to 30 seconds, and scrub surfaces regularly. You can use vinegar, baking soda and various off-the-shelf natural (often herbal-based) cleaners to kill bacteria when needed.  Both the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that you don’t need antibacterial soaps to stay safe and clean in the home.



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