Sanitize your sponges using salt-Sponges can breed germs and can be full of bacteria. There is no use trying to clean a surface with a germ filled sponge. Suds up your sponges with soap then rinse them thoroughly and soak them in cold, heavily salted water for an hour or two. This process kills the germs and plumps the sponges back up again.
To clean your floors use a half-and-half solution of white vinegar and water to clean virtually any type of flooring other than porous stones like slate and granite. The smell will dissipate within a few hours and if you truly dislike the smell then add in a few drops 5-10 of your favorite essential oil (peppermint, lemon, orange, lavender or tea tree).
To eliminate strong odors use lemons! There is a reason so many cleaning products have the smell of fresh lemon and citrus-we enjoy the scent, or maybe we equate the scent to cleanliness. There is no need to use harmful scented air fresheners to make your home smell good. To freshen the smell of your indoor air add a small amount of water to a pan on the stove and simmer lemon peels. Your kitchen will have a fresh smelling aroma in no time.
To clean your kitchen counter tops you can use undiluted vinegar or a half and half solution to water daily. It will make them shine and keep odors and germs at bay. Again, if the smell of vinegar bothers you add in a few 2-3 drops of you favorite essential oils or the juice from a lemon to lighten the scent.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to start your green cleaning, just a few simple household items. (I purchase my essential oils usually from Mountain Rose Herb or Frontier Co-Op). You may be skeptical, as I was in the beginning that these items actually work, but they do! With little ones around the house I have one less worry that they are being exposed to such harmful toxins most household chemicals contain. Why not give one recipe a try to see for yourself? Which method do you think would be easiest to implement in your home?