At some point the following thought has probably crossed your mind while cleaning your home: “Wow, I just used almost an entire roll of paper towel, a couple of those disposable—and expensive—floor cleaning pads, and at least a quarter tub of surface wipes. But hey, my house looks great!” The good news is that you can get that same sparkle without the waste by reusing old household items for cleaning. Mopfrog of Atlantic City offers tips to help you clean your home using environmentally friendly practices.
Dusting Blinds and Blades
Ceiling fan blades, mantles, and window blinds seem to pick up quite a bit of dust, but you don’t need to waste money on tools made specifically for cleaning these surfaces. Save the sock that is missing its mate, slip it over your hand, and quickly wipe away dust. For surfaces with residue or build up, dip the sock in a combination of coconut oil and vinegar to clean and polish.
Rather than throw newspaper in the recycle bin, let it stack up and reuse it to clean glass. A little spritz of vinegar and a few swipes with yesterday’s sports page will leave you with steak free windows. This method works for cleaning bathroom mirrors, chrome fixtures, and ceiling fan globes as well.
You can also use recycled products to clean floors. Cut old shirts into appropriate-sized rectangles and slip them onto the head of your floor cleaning pad. Cotton tees work well for dry dusting your hardwood and tile, while fleece sweatshirts or retired chenille sweaters have the bulk required for wet mopping floors.
Cleaning your bathroom might sound like a task for heavy-duty cleaning products, but it can glisten in minutes using only repurposed items.
- That old body pouf you were about to pitch will quickly wipe away soap scum on the shower walls. Multi-task by cleaning while you shower. Just before you are ready to rinse, give the shower walls a speedy scrub—the steam will have softened any soap build up.
- Recycle your toothbrush to tackle grime. Stained grout will look much better after a nice baking soda bath and a bit of elbow grease with a used toothbrush.
- Skip the countertop wipes. You can get gleaming counters in seconds with homemade, reusable, environmentally friendly cleaning wipes. Cut a worn bed sheet into squares; stack half of the cut material in a re-sealable container and cover with a solution of water mixed with a couple drops of mild detergent. Leave the remaining squares dry. Wipe the counter down with a wet cloth and then gently buff with a square from the dry stack for a residue-free surface.
The sponges you use to clean dishes can be reused to wipe down counters and stovetops. Just store them in a hydrogen peroxide bath to kill harmful bacteria. And keep the aluminum foil that covered your leftover supper—it can be used to scrub the casserole dish you baked it in.
Reduce your footprint while making your home cleaner and healthier with natural cleansers and repurposed cleaning tools. If you need some help putting these practices into place, call Mopfrog of Atlantic City today.