One of the biggest myths in the industry that we hear is the misbelief that green cleaning solutions and equipment are less effective than that of traditional methods. This is simply not the case, especially as green cleaning has gotten increasingly mainstream over the past several years. Additionally, green cleaning can be done with homemade materials, for those who want or need to make their own. If this appeals to you, here are the 6 best homemade green cleaners that actually work:
Open a box of baking soda and put it in your refrigerator, or at the bottom of your garbage can. Or, for an overall air freshener, try boiling citrus extracts or plants such as lavender, before having guests over.
Using baking soda and a wet-bristle brush to clean greasy surfaces is highly effective. Also effective is the use of rosemary, lavender, lemon, rose or ginger.
Pour a mixture of one part vinegar, four parts water and a few drops of herbal oil into a reusable spray bottle, and use it to clean surfaces like glass or appliances without leaving streaks.
Vacuum carpet, then sprinkle baking soda or corn starch onto it to remove any odors. Leave the powder on for about an hour, then vacuum again. Spot clean heavy carpet stains with soapy water, vinegar and a bristle brush, or blot with soda water and a clean microfiber cloth.
Mix one cup vegetable oil with one teaspoon lemon oil, and use a clean microfiber cloth to polish furniture.
Boil a mixture of one tablespoon salt, one tablespoon baking soda, and one liter of water. Add a strip of aluminum foil. Place the dirty metal item into the boiling mixture for three minutes, then blot dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
If you need a Chicago area green building services contractor who will use green cleaners that actually work while maintaining your property, please get in touch with Shades of Green Building Services!