Interested in a non-toxic degreaser recipe that is perfect for your kitchen cabinets?
Cleaning your kitchen cabinets is already a difficult task, but worst of all is that most of the common degreasing cleaning products sold today are highly toxic.
Not looking forward to using chemicals, that cause you to get light headed and gasp for fresh air? We have a non-toxic degreasing solution that happens to be a very good degreaser.
To make it, you will need the following ingredients:
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 Tablespoons of Borax
1 teaspoon of liquid Castile soap (we recommend citrus)
10 drops of lemon essential oil
4 cups of hot water.
A Spray bottle
2 cleaning rags
The first ingredient is one of our absolute favorites! It’s a great, non-toxic cleaning product and versatile to use in multiple solutions. Check out our other blog entries to see for yourself. The remaining ingredients are borax, liquid Castile soap, lemon essential oil, and hot water. Simple ingredients that you can buy at your local grocery store or may already have in your home! Once you have all of your ingredients, its time to make your solution.
Making it is a breeze with the following instructions. Add the hot water to your spray bottle. Put the teaspoon of Castile soap in the hot water. Let it dissolve. DO NOT ADD MORE THAN A TEASPOON. Castile soap goes a long way. Next, add the borax and baking soda and let them completely dissolve. Last but not least, add the 10 drops of lemon oil. Voila, you are ready to degrease!
Next time you are thinking of degreasing your kitchen, give this non-toxic degreaser a try. Should task seem too difficult for you, just give your local eco-friendly cleaners a call instead. And remember, Stay Green!
Spring Cleaning time is here! Are you ready to clean your home but not sure where to start? This simple, room by room checklist will definitely help!
Don’t have the time/energy to tackle your spring cleaning all in one day? No worries. Do one room per day and you’ll be ready to enjoy your clean home by the weekend.
The first room I like to start with when doing a Spring cleaning in my home is the Kitchen. Yes, I like to tackle the hardest problem first! Think about it. When you first start your Spring cleaning is when you have the most energy and motivation. Why not channel that energy and motivation into your hardest task? Exactly! With our handy checklist by your side, you’ll tackle the basics such as your appliances, counters, sink, and floors, while not forgetting the smaller details such as washing your kitchen towels and organizing your pantry and storage containers. This a great time to throw out any expired foods (cans, condiments, dressings, frozen meats, etc.) as well as containers you don’t normally use or have lost the lid/bottom to.
Still feeling the Spring cleaning spirit? Head to the bathroom next! Cover your basics (tub/shower, toilet, sink, mirror, and floors) but start with throwing your bath rugs and towels, etc. to wash meanwhile you clean. At least I like to know I’m multitasking and using my limited time wisely! To complete your bathroom Spring Cleaning, go through your drawers and medicine cabinet throwing out any expired medicine, supplement, lotion, make up, etc.
Next, head to your living room. Why? You want to complete the main living areas before you run out of steam. When cleaning my home, I like to do a lot of the basic cleaning, such as dusting, polishing furniture, and vacuuming. Initially though, I try to focus on the somewhat forgotten tasks, such as sweeping under the furniture, organizing your media cabinet/storage, and if needed, washing the drapes. Again, the drapes can go in the wash while you clean.
By now, you should be feeling pretty accomplished and will surely be noticing a “make over” in your home. It’s perfectly okay to stop here, but if you are like me, you will definitely want to finish your to do list and tidy up your room! As before, I like to begin to tackle each room by throwing the bedding/drapes into the wash. Which is the perfect time to flip your mattress and clean under your bed! The main Spring Cleaning chore left for you to do is declutter and organize your closet. Again, good time as any to get rid of any clothes that you outgrew in size and style. Of course, it’s up to you to what level of decluttering you take this!
Finally, for those of you REAL Spring Cleaning enthusiasts, there’s the bonus round. You can tackle these chores in your room by room schedule, or set the final day for this. Go wild! Spot clean the walls, scrub the baseboards, give your windows, frames and sill a good wipe down, and don’t forget your ceiling fans (if you have them)! Even better is to do this entire process while ventilating and deodorizing each room. Nothing like enjoying your nice Spring day with clean home that smells like a breezy garden!
Didn’t make it this far? Don’t have the time and energy for it? Don’t feel bad. Just give your local cleaning experts a call to schedule an appointment so they can finish where you left off, or do it all while you enjoy a much needed spa day! We don’t judge.
Feel free to check out our previous blog posts for green cleaning tips to use while using our handy guide. And remember, Stay Green!
Get a head start on Spring Cleaning! Yes, you read correctly. I said to get a head start on Spring Cleaning. We are nearing the end of the year and this is actually the best time to get started on your Spring Cleaning. If you are anything like me, and, by the fact that you are reading this article in our blog, I’m guessing you are, your head is full of plans for the coming year. Some call these New Year’s Resolutions, others simply goals/plans to accomplish in the coming year. Either way, think of them as motivation for self and home improvement.
So you and your family got tons of presents over the holidays, and you know you are blessed, but now you are thinking of where you’re going to put everything? Great question. Over the years, our blessings accumulate and we begin to see them as clutter. Why not start going through them and selecting things you can now do without. Perhaps there is a great charity you can donate them to just in time for it to count as a deduction in your taxes. Not willing to give them away? Have you heard of all the great new apps for you to sell your belongings to people willing to pay you in cash for them? Check out your app store to see if one of them is a good fit.
Best place to start? Your closet! We all have that top/dress/pants that we are waiting to fit back into or for it to come back into style. Trust me, if you have been waiting for over 5 years, odds of this happening are growing slimmer. Why not get rid of it once and for all? For me, what works best is starting three piles. First, the stuff you just aren’t ready to let go of. Second, the stuff you love but know it could find a better home (for donation/sale). Finally, your third pile should be things that you should have thrown out years ago and just kept getting overlooked. Repeat this process with your kids clothes and toys.
With the money you make selling your things, should you choose that route, you can then afford to buy organizing supplies such as bins and closet organizers. Who knows, you might make enough money to afford hiring some help to deep clean the house once you have it organized. Be sure to give us a call or send us an email for a free estimate on the best green cleaning referrals in town!
Thank you for reading our blog and check out our other entries for more green cleaning tips. Please keep visiting our site for eco-friendly ways to clean. And remember, always Stay Green!