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Photo courtesy of A Typical English Home (http://www.atypicalenglishhome.com/2014/09/my-favorite-natural-cleaning-recipes.html)

When we first embarked upon the natural path, skincare was the first thing that we started on. However, there was no way that we could stop there. It occurred to us that replacing conventional products for greener ones had to happen for our day-to-day lives. As a result, we opted for healthier food options as well as green cleaning. Today on the blog, we’re introducing our favorite green cleaning options!

Drains

The best part is that this natural drain cleaner won’t harm the pipes. To declog drains, we use either ACV or white vinegar and baking soda. If you’ve created volcanos during elementary school science class, you know that this combination makes terrific bubbles. We first sprinkle the baking soda on the drain, then add the vinegar. Make sure to sit back and watch the vinegar and baking soda do their magic! Afterwards, rinse well with water.

Fruits & Vegetables

We love using apple cider vinegar (ACV) to clean off our organic produce from the farmer’s markets and health food markets. Instead of your typical veggie wash, we use ACV that has been diluted to 5%. The best part is that it’s available at most stores like Safeway, Target, Whole Foods, etc. After first washing the produce, we let it soak in ACV for a minute, then rinsing it with distilled water (we use a reverse osmosis water filter).

Laundry

We use Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap for laundry loads, diluted with distilled water. Not only do our clothes smell minty fresh, the scent is still there after we remove our clothes from the dryer!

Leaving Shoes At The Door

Instead of wearing our outside shoes all over the house, we opt for indoor slippers. The reason? This stops us from tracking dirt, bacteria, and oils into a clean house.

Line Drying Clothes

This is one of our favorite ways to save on the electricity bill for dryers. If the weather is nice outside, we line dry our clothes outside in the sun. While line drying clothes indoors may be easier, doing this may add mold and mildew to your homes. If absolutely necessary, hang the wet clothes in a room that is seldom used, and add an air filter to clear out any mold.

Refrigerator

The trick here is to reuse coffee grounds. Simply put into a muslim bag, and let the fresh scent of coffee waft over your nose as you open your fridge. We also scrub the interior with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

Sink

There’s so many uses for lemons here: we scrub our sinks with half a lemon, and keep the other half there to help dissipate smells from dirty dishes. We also crush up a lemon into the garbage disposal to remove unwanted scents. As a bonus, citrusy scents are quite uplifting.

Soap

To save money on soap, we purchase foaming soap dispensers! We fill up the bottle about 1/8-1/10 of the way with our favorite organic soap, then the rest with distilled water. To keep the bottles sanitary, we replace every 2 1/2 weeks, and clean the bottle in between uses.

What are your favorite green cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments below!