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.

DIY Homemade Lemon Lavender Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets save me a ton of money, smell divine, and gives me a sense of accomplishment. Five ingredients and you are green cleaning your dishes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Borax
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • ⅓ to ½ cup lemon juice
  • 8 drops Lavender essential oil (feel free to change to whatever essential oil you prefer)


Instructions

  1. Combine borax, epsom salt, Lavender essential oil, and washing soda in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Add lemon juice 1 Tbsp. at a time until mixture is damp but not soaked, you want it to hold together and not be crumbly.
  3. Press mixture firmly into ice cube trays then tap on the counter to level out.
  4. Allow to dry for at least 3-4 hours before removing
  5. Store your homemade dishwasher tablets in an air tight container (a pretty mason jar if you have one)!
  6. recipe will fill a standard ice cube tray.
  7. To Use:
  8. Put 1 tablet in your dishwasher detergent tray.

How To Clean Before The Housekeeper Comes

The old trope of “cleaning up for the cleaning lady” isn’t entirely silly: While you should leave the real cleaning for the person you’ve hired to clean, you should also tidy up—and maybe even do a few spot-checks. If it’s your cleaner’s first time in your home, you should also have some instructions prepared. It’ll make both of you much happier.

First, clear out your clutter. If you hired someone to clean your home, and not to organize it, then you owe them a fairly well-organized home to clean. Otherwise, tell them which areas or piles they can ignore.  Feel free to put all your clutter in one room or on one surface, then tell the cleaner to just ignore that space. It’s a trade-off: The more thoroughly you want your place cleaned, the more you need to prepare (or pay).

Next, clean a little: Anything especially fragile, or at least anything you don’t trust your cleaner to properly handle. Anything that’s easy, like disposable coffee cups sitting out. (That’s just respectful.) And anything that you’ve agreed the cleaner isn’t responsible for. I like to wash the dishes myself, so I take care of them before the cleaner arrives. The cleaner’s visit has become a deadline for a household chore—a feature, not a bug.

If you don’t know where to draw the line between your job and the cleaner’s, write out two lists: one of the cleaning tasks you wish someone would do for you, and one of the tasks you like to do yourself. You can show that to your cleaner, ideally while you’re still discussing their time commitment and their fee.

The first time your cleaner comes to your home, it’s best for you to go through the whole place and talk out the process face to face. Failing that, write out your instructions, and don’t get mad if it takes a few visits to get things right. Working around someone’s home, learning what to change and what not to, is a complex task, and you won’t know how much you care about certain things until your old GQ issues go missing or your makeup shelf is all out of order.

Stuff will get moved around. Dishes might end up in weird places, or towels might get thrown in the laundry before you were ready. It all depends on how much you’re asking of your cleaner, and how much you communicate with them. Don’t be afraid to politely ask your cleaner to change something. (If you’re asking them to spend significantly more time on the job, pay them accordingly.)

Your cleaner might never learn where every little thing belongs. I have a little bird statue in my home, and every time she visits, my house cleaner carefully adjusts it incorrectly, because she thinks it’s a person with a hat. Since I can go months without seeing the cleaner in person, that misplaced tchotchke has been a pleasant reminder that she’s been around. That and the unbelievably well-made bed.

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Green Cleaning At Its Best

Have you ever read A DIY recipe, or a post regarding a cleaning tip And wondered if it really works? The cleaning tips and DIY recipes posted here have been tried and tested on the field with our cleaning specialists.

Here Are a few Before & After photos of field work done using our tips and recipes.

As you can see our crews have come across it all. So you can trust that our tips well get your home green and clean

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.

Let us know how they work for you and don’t forget to tweet, pin, or share this post.

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