Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Little Green (cleaning) for the holidays

Having people over for a holiday dinner? Getting ready doesn’t need to be stressful; it just takes a little extra planning. And cleaning up with a “green” focus will let your friends and family know you really care about them. Your home should have the aroma of your incredible meal – not the toxic fumes of cleaning products. Try replacing your typical cleaners with something natural. You may find that cleaning up before and after your party is fun without the strong smell of chemicals. Below are some green cleaning tips and alternatives to use during the holidays.

Dusting-
Instead of using a typical dusting product, try using a light dusting spray made from 2 tea bags, lemon juice and three cups of water. Just boil the water, add the tea bags and then leave them in the water until it cools completely. Put the tea mixture in a spray bottle with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Lightly spray the mixture on a microfiber cloth and dust.

Put your curtains in the dryer for a few minutes to remove dust and also kill dust mites. This is faster that trying to wash, dry and press your curtains and they will look just as fresh and clean.

Laundry-
You want to get a head start on any laundry you may need done for your dinner party. Find the table cloths, napkins and dish towels you are going to need for dinner. Keeping with the green theme, you should launder them in a homemade laundry soap. Some of the ingredients in a DIY soap are soap flakes, borax, washing soda and baking soda. You can find these items at your local grocery store or on line. This soap works well in both a front loading washing machine as well as a top loader. And your linens will be clean and fresh without any lingering fragrance from a detergent.

Mopping-
Clean your floors with the same type of mop being used by hospitals. Hospitals love microfiber mops because they clean well, get washed in-between uses and prevent cross contamination. By using a microfiber mop you can avoid using heavy, toxic cleaners since the microfiber does the work. Just a spray bottle of diluted cleaner straight on the floor and wipe it with your damp mop. You can clean of all your floors with just wipe. And you won’t be pouring a bucket full of dirty water into the water system.

Silver Polish –
Try using an old fashioned way to clean your silver. Just place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of your kitchen sink and fill it with 2-3” of boiling water. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt. Place your silver in the sink so each piece of silver touches the foil. The tarnish will disappear off the silver and onto the foil.

If you prefer to rub your silver with a paste, use toothpaste to make it sparkle.

Clean up-
Say yes to any offers by your guest to help you clean up after dinner. It is a great way to have the kitchen cleaned up quickly and to continue to enjoy their company. Mix up your own gentle dish soap for anything that has to be washed by hand. You can make your own by using a liquid castile soap and adding 8 drops of a pure essential oil. Try using peppermint or orange clove essential oils to celebrate the holidays.

You can also mix up your own automatic dish soap by using a tablespoon of salt, borax and baking soda. Place the mixture in the powder dispenser of your dishwasher and then top with concentrated lemon juice. You will see the mixture start to foam, so just close the dispenser lid and start the dishwasher. This mixture works with the hot water to remove all the grime on your dishes.

If you are looking for more DIY recipes for green cleaning, read the book: The Joy of Green Cleaning. It has 70 different recipes to help you make your own cleaning products. You can purchase a hard copy or download the e-book.

19 comments:

  1. Very nice post. Thank you for sharing with us.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Excellent tips for the readers, and I definitely second all Mrs. Meyers product.

    http://www.mccbm.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Home remedies that could be very useful.The green theme is better,just like we want a clean home using the green products we get a cleaner earth.There is a lot of danger from molds that could ill affect the house if not cleaned with care.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anonymous11:40 AM

    This is a very useful blog. I sort of stumbled upon it by accident today and I liked it already. Keep up the good work.


    Andy
    Contracts Manager
    Cleaning Services London

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for this excellent information and great website!.

    ReplyDelete
  6. True. In today's fast and modern lifestyle, we are left only a few hours to manage the cleanliness of our homes. However, we cannot ignore the cleanliness issues as an unclean environment may affect our health to an extent. Go to green!

    ReplyDelete
  7. A cleanly written post. It is always nice to meet the holidays and the coming year with a clean home and environment.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for the useful tips! Even though our company has a line of green cleaning products, I still love mixing things up from general household items. I am going to try making the automatic dish soap this afternoon. I love borax, it is great not only with laundry, but also it shines things up beautifully.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Green Cleaning is the way to go! who needs all the toxins and strong smells. A+ for this post

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hey this may be cool thing for my holidays I will try this.
    p90x workout schedule

    p90x workout schedule
    p90x program

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am going to try making the automatic dish soap this afternoon. I love borax, it is great not only with laundry, but also it shines things up beautifully.
    P90X Reviews

    ReplyDelete
  12. i love the way you organize your cleaning pattern.
    P90X Review

    ReplyDelete
  13. you have a very interesting way in writing that really captures your readers.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wonderful green cleaning post! I especially appreciate the recommendation for The Joy of Green Cleaning as it can be tough to keep track of the many green cleaning recipes that are out there. A hard copy of the majority of them would be very useful.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I am going to try making the automatic dish soap this afternoon. I love borax, it is great not only with laundry, but also it shines things up beautifully.
    Revitaderm Cream

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for the useful tips! Even though our company has a line of green cleaning products, I still love mixing things up from general household items.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love borax, it is great not only with laundry, but also it shines things up beautifully.
    Cheap Payday Loan

    ReplyDelete
  18. Having people over for a holiday dinner? Getting ready doesn’t need to be stressful; it just takes a little extra planning.

    ReplyDelete