Everyone likes a clean home, but the process of getting there isn't always so enjoyable. Thankfully strong, irritating cleaners are no longer the only cleaning supply option. Now we have easy access to cleaners that are not only eco-friendly and good smelling, but also a wealth of DIY cleaning recipes. Here are some of the ones we like the best:
After hearing how hospitals in Sweden were using a unique cloth to clean with water rather than traditional chemical cleaners, UK designer Steve Pearson was inspired to create a version of his own. In 1995 he partnered with engineer John Park and a group of Korean scientists to create a line of microfiber cleaning cloths called e–cloth.
Today's assignment makes me smile. For me, this is part of the January Cure that makes it more than just a challenge to organize your home in a month. This is the therapy part. There's plenty of time to scrub (like the floor clean we're doing this weekend), so treat yourself — go grab a bouquet and some cleaners that smell good and are good for the planet!
We asked, and you answered. Inspired by the eco-friendly finds you hope to unwrap this holiday season, we pulled together a list of no-fail gifts that are good for the planet. Here's what the sustainably-minded among us want most:
Are you planning to bring home a fresh cut Christmas tree or use evergreen cuttings to make a wreath this holiday season? Try using olive oil to clean your sticky fingers. Pour a tablespoon onto a cloth and rub until clean. Not only will it remove the sap, it will leave your winter hands soft.
This is more of a new-to-me cleaning tip, since apparently I'm very late to the black tea party. However, I just tried a homemade black tea window cleaner yesterday and I'm very excited with the results!
If you are moving into a new space, hopefully it has been professionally cleaned, and now the trick is to keep it up. Starting off the move with a kit of new cleaning supplies is the best way to kick things off — here are our top 10 essentials.
What do I love about cleaning? When it's done! Usually the dirtiest things in my home are the ones I forget about completely and, thus, never clean. Luckily, that's easy to fix; if you have ten minutes, you can get these ten chores done today.
I recently overcooked some quinoa, severely burning the bottom of the pot. Hoping to salvage it, I tried this baking soda and vinegar cleaning trick. It worked well enough (I may have to do it a couple more times to get it completely stain-free), but since I had the baking soda in my hands, I sprinkled some on my stainless steel sink. Holy Moses, it worked wonders.