being GREEN just go easier
- Kitchen floors: Whether you've got linoleum or ceramic tiles in the kitchen, vinegar -- straight or mixed with water -- is all you need to get floors clean. (Vinegar and a good stiff brush, either a grout brush or firm toothbrush, also clean grout nicely.)
- Kitchen sinks: Make your own sink scrub using one part vinegar, four parts baking soda and several drops of oil. Scrub the paste on with a sponge, let sit for a few minutes then rinse.
- Windows: Vinegar again, this time in a spray bottle, will do the trick. A lot of people recommend wiping vinegar-sprayed glass with crumpled newspaper, but a lint-free washrag works.
- Carpets: Before vacuuming, shake baking soda over the carpeting; it will help to absorb odors. For spot cleaning, try that natural wonder, vinegar. Spray it on, scrub out the spot with a washrag and don't worry about the vinegar smell; it dissipates quickly.
- Upholstery: Sprinkle stale cushions and chairs with baking soda, then vacuum after letting it sit for a while.
- General odors: Make your own scented sprays by mixing distilled water, isopropyl alcohol (keep this away from heat and flames, as well as from children and pets) and several drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle, then spray wherever needed.
- Tubs and toilets: Spray with vinegar first, then sprinkle on baking soda for totally natural, fizzy cleaning power. Scrub with a sponge or toilet brush, then rinse clean or flush.
- Garbage cans: Sprinkle the bottoms with the natural mineral borax to prevent mold and fungus, and to keep away insects.
And for those of you who love the Muppets as much as me. This is for you.