Spring Cleaning

With the official calendar saying that spring is here, it also means that spring-cleaning is once again here as well.

Remember though, that you can still be “green” even when doing the dirtiest of your chores. Long before the name brand aerosols came out on the market, there were still women everywhere dreading the season. They knew how to get their homes clean, with little money, and without all of the chemicals we have today.

Pull out the baking soda, vinegar and let’s get started!

Baking soda is the original cleaner. Scrub onto your stainless and admire the shine. Stubborn stains? Wipe it down with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar.

Wipe down the inside of the fridge with a vinegar-dampened cloth. Toss in a box of baking soda and replace monthly.

To clean your white porcelain, line the area with paper towels and pour on some bleach. Let it set overnight and rinse the next morning. Make sure your area is well ventilated and remember to keep “little” hands and noses away!

Spray the inside of the microwave with a bleach mixture. Two parts water to one part bleach works wonders at cleaning the winter “explosions.” Heat on high for about 20 seconds and let it stand for about one hour. The stains should come right off. If you’re uncomfortable using bleach, warm a bowl of vinegar inside and let it stand for about an hour. You’ll have no problem getting the food and grime off!

Dig out your pans; do they have food baked on that you thought would never come off? Place a dryer sheet in the pan, fill with water and let it soak overnight. The next morning, clean your pan and the food should wipe off easily. The anti-static compounds in dryer sheets weaken the food and make it easier to clean. To clean a burnt or scorched pan, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda and add just enough water to moisten it. Let it stand over night and clean the next morning.

Being green doesn’t have to be expensive. A little imagination and some tried and true tricks from our elder generation is sometimes all it takes!

Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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