Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tips to Clean, and yet be Green

Clean and Green rhyme but how many times do we practice this Mantra.

Usually when we are cleaning any part of our home, we land up pouring those toxic chemicals down the drain and into the underground waters.

Impact of chemicals

When these chemicals go through the sewage, they are treated in waste water treatment plants for removal of pathogens, but the toxic chemicals don’t get treated, and they are passed into the ocean where the animals get affected.


Man has created a marvelous and yet harmless and economical chemical, which is used for a variety of purposes. Ethanol and water are fermented, and the result is white distilled vinegar with no preservatives. It is cheap to manufacture yet a natural helper around the house cause of its mild acidity.


Cleaning the Kitchen

1 cup white distilled vinegar is combined with 1-gallon water and can be used to clean your hardwood floors, ceramic tiles, linoleum, and vinyl floors. Do not use white vinegar to clean your marble flooring, as this will stain the marble.

Combine the same amount to clean windows and use newspapers to wipe it. These newspapers can be recycled once dried.

Mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar with ½ cup water and microwave it until the solution starts to boil. Any residues stuck in the microwave will loosen up. Wipe them out. Odors will also disappear.

Soak a cloth with undiluted white distilled vinegar and wipe them clean.

Combine1 cup of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water and clean the shelves and walls of the fridge.

Sprinkle undiluted white distilled vinegar using a spray bottle. This will help to get rid of grease splattered in the oven.

Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar in the empty machine and let it run through a complete cycle. This will help remove soap and odor buildup.

Garbage disposal
Pour ½ cup hot distilled white vinegar and ½ cup baking soda. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes and then run hot water down the disposal. This will help deodorize the garbage disposal.

Could grind up a lemon peel in the disposal. This will also deodorize the garbage disposal.

Coffee/Tea stains from Cups
Make a semi-liquid solution by taking equal parts of baking soda and white distilled vinegar. Semi liquid Scrub your cups with the above mixture and rinse clean.

Oven Top
Make a mixture of 1-cup water and 1 cup white distilled vinegar and spray it on the oven top. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean. If there are burnt food residues, sprinkle some baking soda over it and let it stand for 10 minutes and wipe it clean.

Exhaust fan
We all tend to use this while cooking and since it gathers grease cause of the cooking. Soak a sponge in white distilled vinegar and wiped it, to be cleaned.

If the sink is porcelain or stainless steel, clean it with undiluted white distilled vinegar. The sink will sparkle. If there are food particles stuck in the sink, wipe them out with baking soda.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Toilet bowl
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar. Scrub well and flush it. This will help clean the bathroom and also deodorize it.

Shower head
Make a mixture of ½ cup baking soda and 1 cup white distilled vinegar. Put it in a bag and tie it around the showerhead for an hour until the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and turn on the water. This will help clean all the scum around the shower head.

Shower door
Spray white distilled vinegar on the door and let it sit there. Pour hot water on the door and scrub the scrum.

Freshen the bathroom
In a bottle take 1-cup water, one tablespoon white distilled vinegar, and one teaspoon baking soda. Spray it in the air. This solution can be used in any rooms of the house.

Kill germs on the doorknob
White distilled vinegar is sprayed on doorknobs of any room and wiped with a cloth.

Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and then vacuum the carpet. This will pull odors from the carpet.

Removing stains?
Use equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water and spray it on the affected area on the carpet. Let it dry before you use that area.

Why go Green in cleaning?

It is safe for your home, your family, and the planet. If you make your cleaning solution by using vinegar, you will also save money. Vinegar is relatively cheaper than purchasing the green chemicals available in the market.

The choice is yours to make!

Mantra for today: One Planet, One Yatra. Cleaning Device is simple, let's opt for it!


This post has been written for Green Yatra, a NGO dedicated to conservation and protection of nature.

 Earth is Calling  Let's join hands and create awareness and help protect our planet's natural resources by cleaning the natural way!

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