Get ready for spring with these natural and energy efficient cleaning tips. I complied a 10all natural cleaning solutions and tips to make your home sparkle.
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It’s finally spring! That means it’s time for tulips and daffodils, baseball and spring cleaning. It’s time to throw open the windows and remove the winter dust and dirt from your home.
I’ve compiled a list of natural cleaning products you can make that don’t use any chemicals. These solutions can clean everything from grimy grout to icky toilet bowls.
I also have a list of energy efficient tips to help you save energy (and money) while you get your house spic and span. Did you know that cordless handheld vacuums with Energy Star qualified battery chargers use up to 38% less energy?
Natural Cleaning Tips
- Windows: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water and wipe down with newspapers.
- Wood furniture: Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply with a soft cloth.
- Remove white rings from wood: Mix one part white, non-gel toothpaste with one part baking soda. Use a damp cloth and apply mixture to stain, rubbing with the grain of the wood. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away mixture. Use polish mentioned in #2.
- Mugs with coffee/tea stains: Sprinkle cream of tartar into the mug (enough to coat the bottom) and add just enough water to make a paste, then scrub the stains away.
- Coffee pot: Fill the water chamber with equal parts vinegar and water. Brew until chamber is half empty then turn the pot off and let it sit for 30 minutes. Finish brewing, discard any liquid and rinse. Run another cycle of plain water.
- Toilet bowl: Sprinkle baking soda into your toilet bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. Wipe down surfaces with the vinegar/water solution in #1.
- Stove tops and ovens: Make a paste of baking soda and water and scrub away stubborn grease.
- Counter tops and tile: Make a solution of 2 parts vinegar, 1 part baking soda and 4 parts water and apply with a damp sponge.
- Grout: Make a mixture of 1 part carbonated water and 1 part vinegar. Spray grout and wipe clean.
- Stubborn grout stains: Add 2 parts baking soda to the solution in #8 to make a thick paste. Apply to area and allow to sit for 30 minutes before wiping off.
Energy Efficiency Tips
- Open windows: Opening windows creates a cross- breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on air conditioners.
- Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fan: In the winter, the fan should push warm air toward the floor and rotate clockwise. In spring, switch the direction so the blades move counter-clockwise and draw air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.
- Keep your blades clean: To get the most out of your ceiling fan, you need to keep it clean. While you’re up there changing the direction of your ceiling fan, dust the blades. You should check them once a month and clean them when needed. This is also a good time to check for dust around the motor housing.
- Install window treatments: Energy-efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise. These devices not only improve the look of your home, but they also reduce energy costs.
- Bring in sunlight: During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights, open the curtains and use sunlight to brighten your home.
- Service your air conditioner: Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or clearing air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. Spring cleaning could also serve as a reminder to call your HVAC professional for a thorough cleaning to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels.
- Cook outside: On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
- Update your landscaping: Landscaping doesn’t only add beauty to your home, but it can also improve your home’s comfort and lower your energy bills. On average, a well-designed landscape saves enough energy to pay for itself in less than eight years. Check out the Department of Energy’s website to determine what climate zone you live in and the top 3 landscaping strategies by climate.
For even more money and energy saving tips, visit PPL Electric Utilities pinterest board.
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