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Originally posted @ RealEstate
I think we’d all be hard pressed to find anyone who likes cleaning the bathroom, (especially the toilet) but what makes the whole ordeal even worse is having to use harsh chemicals to clean it.
The smell alone is off putting enough, but many people experience dizziness, respiratory problems and skin allergies from the products they use to simply giving their toilet a quick scrub.
The best solution? To switch to green cleaning.
It’s better for the environment, better for your health and also better for your wallet.
10 green cleaning tips
Here are a few tips on how to green clean your bathroom:
1. Cleaning the toilet – vinegar & baking soda
Mix half a cup of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Pour it down the insides of the toilet and let it soak in the bowl for about 20 minutes. Give the toilet a good scrub and repeat every week. Easy.
2. Air fresheners
Bathrooms often don’t smell amazing but commercial air fresheners can be extremely over powering with potent chemicals. here’s some non-toxic tips:
- Try using an oil burner
- Put some dried flowers in the bathroom
- House plants and ferns are great for cleaning the air and keeping things fresh in your home.
- Try putting a few drops of essential oil into a small, dark spray bottle with water to make your own green, scented room spray.
3. Removing soap scum
Simply mix a store bought all-natural dishwashing soap with some baking soda until you have a paste. Apply this paste to the scummy area and scrub with a hard bristled brush. The soap scum will come right off.
4. All-purpose spray
For sinks, toilet seats, taps and bench tops, just mix the juice of one lime, the juice of one lemon, one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle. If you’ve got stubborn grime, just leave the lemon-lime spray to soak on the affected area for 5 – 10 minutes and then give it a good scrub.
5. Cleaning tiled floors
You’ll need to make sure you always have plenty of baking soda if you want to green clean your house! To clean your floors simply dissolve a cup of baking soda into a bucket of warm water and add a squeeze of lemon to give it a lovely smell. Then mop your floors as usual.
You’ll need to make sure you always have plenty of baking soda if you want to green clean your house!
6. Bathtub & shower cleaner
Vinegar is a natural mould killer so dilute vinegar with a little bit of water in a spray bottle and spray it all over your shower and bathtub. Leave it to dissolve the mould and grime for about 10 minutes and then wipe over with a damp cloth.
7. Steam cleaning
If you’re really serious about being environmentally conscious in your home, then you simply must invest in a hand held steam cleaner. Using a steam cleaner is a chemical free way to remove built up grime without using harsh erosive products.
8. Cleaning shower curtains
Simply toss them in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar and some environmentally friendly washing liquid or powder.
9. Hot vinegar
If you’ve got stubborn areas that have been affected by mould and scum, dip a sponge in hot vinegar and use it to soak the area. The hot vinegar will break down the mould so you will be able to wipe it clean.
10. Re-usable eco-friendly cleaning tools
Make sure you use eco-friendly cloths made from natural fibres that are re-usable and washable. You can also invest in sustainable scrubbing brushes and squeegees that are hard wearing and can be used multiple times to save the environment from unnecessary landfill in the form of disposable cleaning aids?
Originally Posted @ I Hate Cleaning
Bernadette Janson shares what happens when your cleaner is on a leave and unexpected visitors are on their way. How many things can go wrong in such a short time?
I hate cleaning and my cleaner has gone on an extended overseas trip. In her absence I have tried others. They are either too slow, too slap dash or too expensive and so the cleaning issue lands in the too-hard basket.
You can limp along for a while with the occasional flick of the broom and some strategic toilet brushing, but there is a limit.There comes a point when the build up of dust in the corners of the rooms could and probably does house a colony of small creatures. The fingerprints on the glass have started to develop their own artistic patina and the plughole in the sink looks like it has taken up smoking! But as time has gone on another, more insidious problem has emerged. I can’t possibly invite in a new cleaner; without first spending a day cleaning myself. It takes true strength of conviction to fight off the unreasonable and pointed question: “ But isn’t that what a cleaner does?” My heart sinks, clearly there is not going to be any support from that side of the table. This one’s all mine, I have to either swallow my pride or roll up my sleeves. I am slowly coming around to this way of thinking when the unimaginable happens; guests, AT SHORT NOTICE.
No sooner have I taken the call when I am rapidly and involuntarily overtaken by the state a woman possessed. I move like never before, at the frantic pace of the most powerful music I can find. “The flight of the bumblebee“ spurs me on.
“This cleaning thing is growing on me” I hear myself thinking.” It’s quite cathartic “as I develop an insane attention to detail, in an OCD sort of way. I get to thrash out everything that is wrong with the world, sanitizing, polishing, mopping, and vacuuming, even scrubbing grout with a toothbrush is strangely satisfying.
The guests come and go, my chest bursts with pride as I scan my sparkling rooms; even the most obscure crevices are proudly gleaming. I flop down on the sofa to bask in the glow of domestic bliss and wonder WHY I put myself through this.
Well it would appear that I am not entirely on my own. In 2012 an English toilet freshener Company, Bloo Flowers, commissioned a study of 2,000 women and revealed 70 per cent consider themselves to be house proud, with an incredible 86 per cent admitting they spend even more time tidying if they have guests due to arrive. More than three quarters even give their home a quick going over with the vacuum before their guest arrives, while another 73 per cent quickly wipe down their bathroom and toilets.
But because of this, 72 per cent feel put out if people arrive unannounced. And while it’s mother-in-laws who women named as the person they would least like to visit their home before they had chance to clean, their own parents and siblings weren’t far behind.
And to top it off, and this is where I side with the minority; they also found that far from being a chore, 52 per cent of women actually enjoy cleaning their home.
Originally posted @ She Knows. Helping you to organize your home ! An idea a week to get organized. “Organize” is a familiar word on many of today’s popular decorating shows. Every family has its struggles with clutter — whether it’s stacks of papers or a cluttered and cramped bathroom. Here are 52 ideas you can use right now or space out over the course of a year. Even if you follow just one of these tips a week, in a year from now, you’ll finally be organized!
Think you’re the only disorganized person in your neighborhood? The National Association of Professional Organizers reports that we don’t use 8 percent of the stuff we keep. We wear 20 percent of the clothes we own, while the other 80 percent hangs there just in case, and 25 percent of adults say they pay bills late because they lost them.
If you have stacks of papers, frazzled mornings or lost car keys, use the following ideas to help you organize your family and home!
Originally Posted by Jessica Rose from Savvy Organization @ Herald Extra .
We hope this article will bring a little bit of peace to everyone who is living with a messy person.
When it comes to organization, there are two types of people: those willing to put in the time to live a clean and orderly life and those who are not.
It can be difficult to keep your cool when everyone is making messes and you are the only one cleaning up, especially in a roommate situation. You want to live in a clean and organized home. You feel that everyone living there should share the responsibility. So, what can you do to make your home a nicer place to live?