NatureZway Bamboo Perforated Towels

We came across these bamboo perforated towels while cruising the paper products section of our local grocery store.  We  excitedly purchased them in hopes of incorporating them into our green cleaning routine.  Of course, we had to put them to the test first and the results were amazing.

We used them on a few spills and found that they had incredible absorbency. When wringing them out, we noticed that they are also very strong. We tried to tear it but they were so strong that we just could not. We were able to use the same cloth a few times before tossing it into the wash.  The packaging states that they can be washed 100 times, but we haven’t gotten that far yet.

They are made of bamboo, which is a sustainable material, and the lack of waste from not using paper towels is also an environmental benefit.  All in all, We highly recommend NatureZway bamboo towels and you will see them on the field shortly while green cleaning your homes.

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How To Remove Water Stains From Stainless Steel Dishwashers

A few clients of mine have been asking me about removing water stains from the front of their stainless steel dishwashers.  So I went home and made a concoction with a vinegar base and tried it on my personal dishwasher. The results were amazing and I had everything I needed in my pantry.

Here is a close-up of the project before I got started.

So here is what you’re going to need

  • Baking soda
  • vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • microfiber cloth
  • spoon

Mix one fourth cup vinegar with a half cup of baking soda. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil and stir all of your ingredients until they form a paste. Once your paste is made, take your microfiber and dip it in your mixture.  Rub it in small circles over your dishwasher.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes then dampen your microfiber and wife the surface of your dishwasher.

Notice how the gunk is coming right off? I love how simple this is. Once the dishwasher has been wiped off you can add a few drops of olive oil to a soft cloth and buff it right into the dishwasher surface to give it a great shine.

Here is the end result it may not be perfect but it’s 99.9% better and I’m happy. We have now successfully green cleaned the face of our dishwasher. Please leave your tips below and like, share, or tweet this post!

New Year, New You : Home Edition

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthier, or dropping a bad habit such as smoking or drinking alcohol.  While anything that will help our mind body and health are a great thing, we should also include our homes an our New Year’s routine.

It is a proven fact that a clean space increases free and open thoughts, and can also put you in a calm and relaxed mood.  Here are a few things you can do to start off the new year with a green and clean living space

Clean:  if Budget allows, you can take the easy route and order a maid service to do a deep cleaning on your home. Otherwise, set a few hours aside, and do a deep cleaning of your home. Include your spouse and children if you have any to assist you in this process.  Be sure to use eco-friendly house cleaning products like Seventh Generation or Mrs. Meyers

Organize:  Now that your house is green and clean, you can organize your closets, cuboards, and drawers.  File away any statements or bills laying around.  In the kitchen clean out and re organize your pantry and fridge.  Then head to the closets and fold and organize your clothes and shoes.

Purge and De Clutter:  So you are all cleaned and organized.  Now its time to get rid of all the stuff you dont need.  Take your old clothes and shoes to Goodwill.  Seperate the rest of your trash from the recyclabes and toss them away.  You will feel so much better with less things to worry about

Replace:  Now would be a great time to replace any lights to CFL bulbs, make sure your cleaners and laundry supplies are all eco friendly, and gear your future purchases toward items made from sustainable materials.

Please let us know how well these tips worked for you!

14 Things In Your Home That Probably Need Cleaning

Most of us spend our green cleaning time on our kitchens, bathrooms, and floors.  However, there are a few things around the house that collect dirt and germs that most of us skip during our house cleaning routine.  Here is our list of items in your home that probably need cleaning:

  • Toothbrush Holder: toothbrush holders and the basis for electric toothbrushes can get pretty icky from dripping tooth paste residue.  Soak in hot soapy water or put in the dishwasher
  • Blinds and Drapes: dust accumulates quickly I’m blind. To clean metal or plastic blinds, white with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner.  4 wooden blinds, use a cloth damp with just water. 4 fabric blinds, white with a microfiber cloth. Drapes can usually be put into the washing machine and hung to dry. The same goes for fabric shower curtains. Wipe down plastic ones or hand wash in the tub.
  • Types of Appliances: these are often ignored but can be gross dust and grease traps. Wipe down the top of your refrigerator and microwave while cleaning the front and sides. And while we’re at it, Bayshore to clean in between appliances and counters, i.e,  that strip of gunk that gets caught between the stove and counter.
  • Bottom of Rugs: it’s smart to vacuum both side of a rug, at least occasionally, because dirt does accumulate on the bottom as well.
  • Handbags: Handbags are set down on the ground frequently collecting grime and germs of all kinds. Learn how to clean your bag by checking the manufacturer’s website or by using a gentle natural cleanser and washing by hand. Dry quickly to ensure no mustiness, a hairdryer is helpful.
  • Cleaning Tools: Don’t forget to clean the cleaners! Kitchen sponges should be soaked in a vinegar water mixture. Rags, wash cloths, and removable Mop Heads can be washed in hot water. Vacuum filters should be washed every 3 months. You should also vacuum your broom heads.
  • Television Remote: With all those hands using the remote, and with its occasional visits to the floor, a remote can get pretty nasty Without You realizing it. Wipe down with a damp vinegar soaked cloth.
  • Reusable Shopping Bags: Turn inside out and wash to get rid of residual food bacteria. I do the same for my cotton mesh produce bags every week.
  • Hats, gloves, and scarves: Another item used daily during cold weather that often gets neglected, these need to be washed too. Launder and air dry. Wipe down leather with a multi purpose cleaner instead of submerging in water.
  • Gym bag: Some can be washed in the machine, while others must be done by hand. Sprinkle the inside of the bag with baking soda to get rid of stubborn bad odors.
  • Garbage Can and Compost Bins: Make this apart of your regular cleaning routine. Wash with hot soapy water and let dry in the sun if possible. Sprinkle bottom with baking soda to absorb odors if necessary
  • Pillows: Pillows collect disgusting amounts of dust, skin cells, and bacteria over the course of their lives. This means that thorough cleanings are needed on a regular basis.
  • Handles and Railings: Don’t neglect toilet handles, door handles, and stair railings. Wipe with a damp cloth and Multi Purpose Cleaner or white vinegar. Do the same for light switches while you’re at it.
  • Ceiling and Fans: Dust can accumulate on the ceiling, so give it a good sweep once a year. Use a freshly cleaned broom and a bandana to cover your face. Wipe down both sides of fan blades with a damp cloth. Do this before cleaning the floor.

Completing these chores in addition to your regular cleaning routine will ensure that your entire home is green clean from top to bottom.

DIY Soap Scum Remover

Soap Scum residue can be one of the toughest things to clean if you arent using the correct products.  As a longtime housecleaner, i have personally tried everything on the market from CLR, to LimeAway and almost every store brand product available.  However, the most effective product is one i made with simple house hold items.   All you need is

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • Spray Bottle (preferably with foam sprayer )

Simply pour the vinegar and alcool into the spray bottle and then fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution onto your shower glass doors, windows, or metal surfaces and scrub with a heavy duty scrubber.  This green cleaning method will have your surfaces looing new and will save you tons on cleaning supplies.

Please share any questions or green cleaning tips you may have

DIY Rust Remover

Rust stains can often appear on bathtubs and sinks and be unsightly.  Chemical cleaners will negativly affect you indoor air quality and can be quite costly.  Here is a DIY green cleaning alternative that i use around my home.
You will need:
Half a lemon
1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)
This recipie is great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs
How to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)
Please comment below and let us know how this eco friendly home made rust remover worked for you

Rust stains can often appear on bathtubs and sinks and be unsightly.  Chemical cleaners will negativly affect you indoor air quality and can be quite costly.  Here is a DIY green cleaning alternative that i use around my home.
You will need:
Half a lemon 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

This recipie is great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubsHow to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)

Please comment below and let us know how this eco friendly home made rust remover worked for you

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

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.



Please comment and share your green tips!

DIY Window Cleaner

Making your own green window/glass cleaner is one of the easiet cleaning agents to make and the ingredients are probably already under your kitchen sink.

All you need is

2 Cups of Water

3 Tbs of Vinegar

1/2 tsp liquid dish detergent

Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and you have the most effective green window cleaner around.  Simply spray on glass and wipe off with newspaper or microfiber cloth.

Please share any of your window cleaning recipes with us in comments

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