How To Clean Your Shower Head

After some time, limescale can build onto your showerhead causing the pores to clog or shoot water all over the place.  Luckily, green cleaning your showerhead is simple and easy.

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and attach the bag to the showerhead with a rubberband. Wait one hour, then removethe bag and turn on the water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.

Doing this once a month can prevent buildup and you probably have Vinegar in your pantry.  This green cleaning method works great and will save you from buying toxic chemicals in your bathroom.

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.

How Often Should You Clean Your..???

Those Towels, sheets and other household items may look clean, but are you sure???  Good Housekeeping’s Meaghan Murphy is dishing out just how long you should clean the basics.

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Bath towels that are being used once a day to dry off after a shower can be used up to three times before needing to be washed. Hand towels, however, should be changed every one to two days since they are getting used more frequently and might even be drying hands that aren’t completely clean.

To wash, toss towels in warm water in the washer, then tumble dry on low heat. Murphy suggests washing them separately, and be careful to not overload the washer.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN THE BATHROOM

It’s a dirty job, but one that should be done frequently. Murphy recommends cleaning the toilet seat, handle and rim at least every few days. The shower and toilet bowl interior can be cleaned weekly, if not visibly soiled.

Murphy recommends keeping a stash of cleaning products in every bathroom to make it easier to get the job done. Stock a basket with disinfecting wipes and mirror cleaner, and hang a squeegee from the shower head to help wipe down tiles after the last shower of the day to get rid of moisture and mildew.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY SHEETS

Swap out your sheets and pillowcases weekly, suggests Murphy, and wash the mattress cover and pillow liners every few months, or monthly for family members with allergies. And don’t forget to wash the pillows one to two times a year. Murphy suggests washing two pillows at a time and using a machine without an agitator to help retain their shape. Consider running the pillows for an extra rinse cycle to get rid of all detergent, and give those pillows a good fluff once they are dry.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN THE FRIDGE

Murphy suggests cleaning and organizing the fridge on a weekly basis, but don’t be overwhelmed at the prospect. Here’s the breakdown of what you need to cover:

Keep the fridge organized so leftovers don’t linger

Wrap food and containers tightly to keep odors from transferring

Wipe spills on shelves and in bins with a warm soap solution and rinse

Have those points covered and you will likely never have to rip the fridge apart to get it clean.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY PHONE

Phones can be swimming in bacteria, so give yours a wipe down every few days, and wipe the screen down with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or an electronic wipe to kill bacteria.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY JEANS

It might be trendy to never wash your jeans, but play it safe and gives those a good wash after every few wearings. The fabric absorbs body oils and stains, so it’s best to toss them in the washer. Just turn the jeans inside out before doing so to help maintain the color and use a detergent designed for darks. Murphy recommends tumble drying them on a low heat and taking them from the dryer when they are still damp to air dry.

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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