As the founder of an eco-friendly cleaning company, the Cleaning Expert for HGTV Magazine and the New York City Cleaning Expert for Limoneira, the largest grower of lemons in the United States, I know a thing or two about eco-friendly cleaning tools and how to turn everyday kitchen ingredients into tough, dirt fighting cleaning products -- products that not only get your house clean, but keep it healthy.
Here are the 10 tools and products I recommend for a spring green clean:
- Microfiber Cloths & Broom: In addition to being a great product for removing dust, microfiber cloths & brooms are also known to remove allergens and bacteria. The cloths and broom head can easily be washed and reused, making them a great addition to your cleaning arsenal.
- Reusable Mop: Not that we don't love the convenience of disposable brands, but you cannot beat the earth-friendliness of a reusable mop. Look for mop heads made from plant-based fibers that are free of dyes and plastics. After your done, you can wash them in your washing machine and hang them out to air dry.
- Stainless Steel Bucket: We recommend having a couple of buckets on hand since you can use them for all sorts of general cleaning projects. We recommend stainless steel buckets, which will not only last longer, but are easier to carry around.
- Drying Rack or Clothesline: These may seem like odd objects to include in your cleaning supply closet, but a drying rack or clothesline will do wonders for your green cleaning efforts. In addition to using them to air dry your clothes, hang your rugs, drapes and bedding outside for a clean air breeze.
- Baking Soda: A must-have product for it can be used to freshen up carpet and rugs (just sprinkle on your carpet, let sit for 10 minutes & then vacuum), remove stains and alleviate odors from your kitchen. Read: 10 Reasons Why Lemon and Baking Soda Are All You Need under the Sink
- Lemons or Lemon Juice: Lemon juice can be used in a variety of ways to remove dirt and rust stains on numerous surfaces throughout the home. Read: Cleaning with Lemon: 10 Surprising Ways to Make Your Home Sparkle
- Olive Oil: Great product for hydrating wood or minimizing scratches, olive oil can also be used as a furniture polish when mixed with lemon juice. Read: Clean Your House With Olive Oil
- Vinegar: What can't you do with vinegar? Vinegar helps cut through everything from tarnish to soap scum and actually stops some bacteria--such as E. coli--from growing on your surfaces. Read: 10 Creative Ways to Clean with Vinegar
- Borax: If you need to kill mold and fungus--we're talking to you bathroom tubs and toilets--borax is your primary ingredient. Read: 25 Household Uses for Borax
- Salt: Scouring a pan or counter surface? Salt is one of your best options. Mixed with other products such as lemon juice or vinegar, salt becomes a great way to get rid of tough stains and mineral deposits. Read: 20 Household Things You Can Do with Salt
While I always recommend having the above products on hand, you can also use eco-friendly cleaners or hire an eco-friendly cleaning company to help with your spring cleaning efforts. Whatever your choice, make sure you are keeping the inside of your home as healthy and natural as the outside.
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