The Science of Green Cleaning

Greening your cleaning is two fold. It’s getting back to basics as well as using science to clean. Once you know what the basic ingredients do – you are able to become a scientist and mix up your own cleaners. I have a background in chemistry, yet I don’t really need all that information to show you how green your cleaning is. Instead, all you need to know is what each ingredient in my “basic four” does for you.

Baking Soda is a natural lifter – If you want to lift the dirt up so you can wipe it off, think of baking soda. Baking soda in a recipe reacts with the moisture and heat and makes a cake rise. It will work the same way for cleaning. If you have a pan with burnt-on food, just add a tablespoon of baking soda and water and put it back on the burner on low heat. The burnt-on food will lift right off!

Salt is a natural scrub – If you are trying to remove something that’s stubborn, think of salt. It’s aggressive on buildup. And salt actually softens water to make it work as the perfect solvent.

White vinegar is a natural acid – Vinegar is wonderful for cutting through grease and builds, AND it kills 98% of the bacteria! Not bad for something you can eat. Use vinegar to cut through dirt on windows, counters, and even greasy stovetops. But remember, it is a natural acid, so be careful not to use it on shiny floors or sealed countertops.

Borax is a natural booster – I love borax, and it’s great for boosting the power of all these other ingredients. If you are having trouble removing something with just one of these ingredients, try adding a little borax! It boosts the power and makes it work even better. If you want to avoid using borax, you can also use oxygen bleach. It’s also a great booster and actually turns to water once it’s done its job.

The Cleaning Coach is a nationally-recognized green homekeeping expert dedicated to educating people on keeping their homes, schools and work areas GREEN.

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