Go Green When You Clean!

It’s that time of year to do spring cleaning!  Have you thought about going “green” when you clean?  Well, one of Allen Tate’s Family of Companies, Allen Tate Home Services, just released a great newsletter on Green and Clean.

With flowers blooming and trees springing back into life, it’s officially spring!  Springtime often means more than just working in the yard, but spring cleaning as well.

  In keeping with the spirit of the green outside our windows, there are a number of ways that you can create effective green cleaning products by using natural household ingredients.

  • Porcelain & Tile.  Instead of store-bought cleaners with potentially toxic chemicals, try baking soda and water.  Dust surfaces with baking soda, then scrub with a wet sponge or cloth.  For tougher grime, try some kosher salt and then apply some good old-fashioned elbow grease for clean, green results.  Lemon juice and vinegar are also great on tough stains, mildews, and grease streaks.
  • Disinfectant.  Instead of using bleach, try mixing two cups of water, three tablespoons of liquid soap, and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Windows & Mirrors.  Rather than strong-smelling, store-bought chemicals, try mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water in a spray bottle.  No more streaks!  Some people use newspaper instead of paper towels or cloths to reduce dust and streaks.  (I, Kecia, personally use microfiber cloths.  They work very well.)
  • Hardwood Floors.  We all know hardwoods don’t like wet mopping, so try this.  Combine 1/4 cup white vinegar with 30 ounces of warm water in a spray bottle.  Spray the solution onto a cotton rag until lightly damp and mop your hardwoods.
  • Kitchens.  Baking soda is a recurring theme in green cleaning solutions, and the kitchen is no different.  Dust countertops with baking soda and wipe with a wet cloth for sparkling surfaces.  For tough oven stains, make a paste from baking soda water.  Spread it throughout your oven and let it sit overnight.  Scour it clean for spotless surfaces.
  • Carpets.  Club soda works wonders if you pour liberal amounts on a spill right away.  The carbonation brings the spill to the surface and salt in the soda fights stains.  For bigger spills, dump cornmeal onto the spill and let it sit for up to 15 minutes.  Then vacuum up the cornmeal and, very likely, the spill.

Going green isn’t just the environmentally conscious thing to do.  It will save you money while you’re cleaning, with results right on par with store-bought products.

For help with cleaning and other home maintenance repair services, contact Allen Tate Home Services at 877-780-6601 or via email at home.services@allentate.com.  Also, visit their new website at http://homeservices.allentate.com.


About Kecia Thurman Bland

Kecia Bland is a professional full-time licensed NC Real Estate Broker (since 2008) focused on providing excellent customer service and expertise for those interested in buying and selling real estate in the Greater Raleighs areas- the Triangle area, and surrounding counties- Wake, Durham, Johnston, Chatham, Franklin, and Granville. Kecia provides her clients with a pleasurable and smart real estate experience. View all posts by Kecia Thurman Bland

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