Labor day is here and you are probably prepping to have your friends and family over for a nice BBQ. Hopefully you had your home deep cleaned just in time for everyone to come over. Even so, you may still need to clean out the grill that didn’t quite get cleaned the last time you decided to grill. Well have the perfect non-toxic solution for you! Cut an onion half and place both halves over the hot grill. You can do this again once you finish grilling so that it’s clean and ready to go for your next BBQ. Another eco-friendly solution is our go to: vinegar. Once the surfaces cools, just mix vinegar with some baking soda and use the mixture to scrub away your grill. I personally like to do both, for that extra clean.
Now that your home is cleaned, your grill is cleaned, and your backyard is cleaned, there is that one thing that can ruin your weekend. Bugs. Those pesky little creatures that naturally make you hit yourself, in trying to avoid being bitten by them. It can make your evening go sour really fast.
What causes bugs to be active in your home? What many people don’t know is that many of the plants around our home are what attract these creepy crawlers.
But what do you do? You don’t want to use a bug spray that contains toxic chemicals, and may cause you more harm than good in the long run but nothing else seems to repel them. Well fear not. There is an eco-friendly approach and its called vinegar. Yes, vinegar. That incredible liquid that seems to be included in every home-made cleaning solution. Well, we’re using it again and this time it’s not to clean but to kill and repel all the bugs that seem to be attracted to your plants.
What You’ll Need:
1 teaspoon dish soap
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 cups room-temperature water
Just combine all of your ingredients in the empty spray bottle and give it a good shake. Then use your mixture to spray the areas you’ve noticed bug activity in and voila! Bugs hate the taste of soap and vinegar so this easy solution should keep them away from your BBQ/picnic. Be sure to avoid using it on plants with a waxy coating or ones with hairy leaves, you don’t want to burn them.
Hope these tips will help you celebrate. Be sure to stay tuned for our next post. And remember, always Stay Green!
Happy National Dog Day to all your fury friends! They have been our closest and dearest friends since the beginning of civilization. The loyalty dogs give to their human is beyond belief, wanting nothing but love and affection in return. We would do anything for the happiness and wellness of our four-legged companions, even when their little “surprises” around the home leave a not-so pleasant view. Yes, we’re talking about urine stains. For those of us who have carpets, urine stains are a very unsightly view, not to mention the smell they leave behind can be very unpleasant.
So, how do we show our love and appreciation to our doggies. By using eco friendly products to clean up their urine stains, instead of harsh chemicals.
-2 cups white distilled vinegar
-2 cups of lukewarm water
-4 generous tablespoons of baking soda
-2 absorbant cloths
Fold up a thick rag over the stain. Really try to get it all out. This step is very important, because you want as much urine to come out of the carpet as possible. Placing something heavy over the rag really helps the rag absorb more of the urine. If you really want to take out most of the stain, place a hot iron over it for a few seconds (Make sure you rag doesn’t burn!) When you are done with this step mix the distilled vinegar with the lukewarm water. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda, slow down if the fizzing is getting excessive. Thoroughly spray the affected area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then gently rub with any cloth and and apply the absorbent cloths. And Voila! A clean, stink-free carpet. For other solutions on how to clean carpet stains, look at our post from for additional tips.
Wishing you a Happy National Dog Day! Enjoy your wonderful furry friend and spoil them rotten!
Pure Cleaning Agencys’ Dogs
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Removing calcium build-up from your sink is probably one of the toughest and most hazardous tasks in your cleaning routine. It doesn’t come off by simply wiping it off. Even after wiping for what can seem as forever, sometimes calcium build-up just won’t come off your sink! You could try using hazardous chemicals such as CLR or Muriatic Acid to clean your kitchen sink, but why expose yourself to such toxic and possibly deadly chemicals? Why not use an ingredient that is accesible to get at your local grocery store, and probably already have in your kitchen cupboard? Yes, I am talking about vinegar. The acidic content in vinegar is strong enough to clean your sink, yet is non-hazardous for you and your family.
In order to start removing calcium build-up from your sink, you’ll need to start by getting your supplies ready. These will include:
Step one: Take the bowl, put the rag in it and pour vinegar generously until the rag is completely saturated.
Step two: Dry your sink completely from any liquid prior to applying the vinegar, as you don’t want the effects of the vinegar to be minimized by diluting it with any other liquid substance.
Step three: Apply the vinegar by draping the rag around the affected area and press it in, making sure it has contact all around. If necessary, pour vinegar over the rag to make sure it is extra concentrated.
Step four: Let the vinegar soak in and remove the rag after an hour or so. We recommend that you try this when you start cleaning your bathroom, or kitchen, and let it soak as you proceed to do the other areas of the room, coming back to simply wipe it off at the end.
In some instances, where your calcium build-up is more severe, you will need to scrub it after removing the rag. An old kitchen sponge will come in handy for this process. Avoid using a new sponge, as a new one may scratch your faucet. Finally, remove all the loose residue with a clean wet rag. If you find that not all of the calcium came off after a good scrubbing, repeat the process the next time you do your bathroom or kitchen sink. By the second try, most, if not all, of the calcium build-up will be gone. There you have it! A beautiful, shiny sink, no longer covered by that unappealing calcium buildup.
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