Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s almost time for spring cleaning. If you need a bit of of a nudge in the right direction, these easy and green cleaning tips will help kick-start your motivation to make your place shine like the long-awaited sun.
Strong detergents and toxic-smelling cleaning sprays are not your only option when it comes to effectively cleaning dirty surfaces. For an inexpensive and enviro-friendly option, all you need to do is look in your pantry to make this effective DIY all-purpose cleaner. No time to make your own? You can also grab an eco-friendly cleaner at your local London Drugs.
- In a bowl, mix together 4 tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of warm water.
- Optional – add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (we recommend grapefruit or orange)
- Pour over a sponge or fill a spray bottle, and get cleaning.
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Plastic shower curtains can become mildewy and yellow faster than you may expect. Instead of spending hours scrubbing it down with a sponge or purchasing a new one, throw it in with your laundry.
- Remove the plastic shower curtain from the hooks.
- Place it in a washing machine with two white (or lightly-coloured) towels.
- Add 1 cup of baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree oil (optional).
- Wash on a gentle cycle.
- Hang-dry the shower curtain on its hooks and dry the towels as you’d like.
[More at Clean My Space]
Slow cookers are perhaps one of the most versatile appliances you can have in your kitchen. Not only do they allow the busiest of cooks a hands-free and economical way to prepare meals, but they can even clean themselves.
- Making sure your slow cooker is turned off, fill with water until above the most concentrated food stain.
- Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to a 6-quart slow cooker.
- Very slowly add a cup of baking soda.
- Turn your slow cooker to the lowest setting, cover and cook for 4 hours or overnight.
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Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t had the task of cleaning a baking sheet after a particularly burnt batch of cookies has coated its surface. Thankfully, what may seem like an impossible job can be relatively simple with a few easy steps.
- Loosely coat your stainless steel baking sheet with a layer of baking soda, a layer of hydrogen peroxide and another layer of baking soda.
- Let it absorb for 1-2 hours.
- Use a cloth or rag to scrub away the stains.
[More at Tip Hero]
If you try one of these tips, we’d love to hear how it worked for you! Leave your reviews in the comments below.