Spring cleaning is decidedly one of the less-exciting signs of the season. But as we crack open windows that have been locked tight for months and let the fresh air breeze in, it’s nice to give the ol’ homestead a freshener, too. Since we’re endeavoring to be more eco-conscious (perhaps you are, too) we’re going back to basics with some easy and green ways to clean up our spaces.
1. White Vinegar
White vinegar does all the things. Use a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar as a cleaner for the fridge, or run vinegar through the coffee maker to give it a cleaning. A mix of white vinegar and salt can be used as a scrubbing agent to remove coffee stains from mugs, and if you have workout apparel that still smells like sweat, even after it’s washed, use white vinegar in the wash to freshen up those items. (Also, distilled white vinegar’s antifungal properties also make it good for resolving athlete’s foot, and it’s good for bug bites, too.)
2. Black Tea
It’s great to drink, of course, but black tea can also clean your windows. Simply steep a few bags of tea in hot water, like you were making a strong cup of tea, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil comes to mind when we’re roasting vegetables, but it can also be used to polish your wood furniture. Mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice and apply with a cloth. (Heads up: virgin olive oil doesn’t work as well as pure olive oil.)
4. Club Soda
Spill red wine on your dress at a party? Someone get the club soda! We’ve seen that scene play out in more than one rom-com, but it’s true that club soda is good at removing stains. It’s also good for removing urine stains (should your beloved pet have an accident), removing rust (like a rusted bolt you need to remove), and cleaning stainless steal (like the kitchen sink).
Half for you, half for the bathtub! Grapefruit is typically eaten (with joy, because fruit tastes good), but you can also use it to scrub your bathtub. Sprinkle half a grapefruit with salt—and sprinkle salt on a damp tub—then use the half grapefruit to scrub away. It’ll smell super nice, too.