For my birthday earlier this month, I finally got something Iâ€™ve been asking for since I could talk: a puppy. My husband and I adopted a beautiful, tiny Pomeranian from F.I.D.O. Rescue and, as you can imagine, Iâ€™m over the moon! As any new owner has to, we had to doggie-proof the house from top to bottom. That included ditching all the harsh bleaches and chemical-heavy cleaners that make your eyes water and can harm a curious pet. I started by mixing up some of Maryâ€™s highly recommended green cleaners, then found some more concoctions that worked just as well as more toxic recipes. After the jump, check out some recipes for furniture cleaner, drain cleaner, grout cleaner, oven cleaner, mildew cleaner, and oil/grease cleaner. — Katie D.
The following green cleaning recipes come from an Earth Day handout from Underwriters Laboratories.
Mix 1 cup of olive oil and Â¼ cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto a soft, cotton rag and polish with the furniture (rubbing with the grain of the wood).
Pour Â½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by Â½ cup vinegar. Wait 15 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain to clear out any residue. This method can only be used if you have metal pipes! Large amounts of boiling water can melt plastic pipes.
Sprinkle baking soda on damp grout and scrub with a stiff toothbrush. Let it stand for five minutes and pour boiling water over the baking soda to rinse it away. If thereâ€™s no drain in the area youâ€™ve cleaning, use a cloth dipped in hot water to wipe grout clean.
Sprinkle water on the floor of the oven and cover generously with baking soda. Sprinkle more water on top and let it stand over night. Wipe away the grease in the morning, then use a little liquid soap on a sponge to wash away any remaining residue.
Mold and Mildew Cleaner
Apply white vinegar or lemon juice applied at full strength with a sponge.
Oil and Grease Cleaner
For small garage floor spills, use baking soda and scrub with a wet brush.