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Green Cleaning Tips


  • For cleaning the racks from your oven without having to scrub for hours, place a cup or small bowl containing household ammonia in a thick black plastic bag, carefully arrange the oven racks (and glass front if removable) in the bag so you do not spill the ammonia.

    Tie up the bag and leave for a day or so where it won’t be knocked over. When you come to remove them from the bag, make sure you have good ventilation as the ammonia smell will be very strong (I normally leave mine outside).

    When you remove them from the bag you only have to wash them with soapy water and scotchbrite - no scrubbing required - virtually no elbow grease! They come out as new.


  • For cleaning glass, or windows, I use a unique micro rag, (which you can contact Joy of Cleaning about) distilled white vinegar and water - it makes a wonderful window or mirror cleaner - no streaks, or harsh smells.

    For mini-blinds - Wipe down mini-blinds with a damp fabric softener sheet. This eliminates the static that causes dust to stick. The same trick works for TV and monitor screens.


  • When cleaning the shower walls use a extra strength magic eraser and distilled white vinegar. You wont believe how dirty the walls are until you have seen it for yourself!

    Borax, a naturally occurring material that is sold as a water softener and laundry aid, is a very effective nonabrasive cleanser. You can use it to scrub built-up soap scum off fiberglass, porcelain, or enameled finishes. Just wet the scummy surface, sprinkle a little borax on a stiff scrub brush and apply with a lot of elbow grease. Borax rinses off surfaces easily without leaving grit behind.

    After cleaning a tub or shower rub them down with a little Murphy’s Oil Soap to help prevent soap scum build-up to re-occur.

    Clean mineral deposits off faucets by wrapping them in rags that have been soaked in hot vinegar. Use a string or rubber band to hold the rags tightly in place and then cover the whole thing with a plastic bag to keep moist. Wait a couple of hours and then remove the rags and scrub the softened deposits off with an old toothbrush.

    If you have persistent areas of mildew put some white vinegar in a glass jar and add an inch-long section of copper wire. Let it sit for a few days and then removing the copper wire pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Do not leave the copper in the vinegar longer that a couple of days or too much copper will dissolve the vinegar and you will end up with a solution that will dye your walls a bluish-green.

    Copper kills fungi and the tiny bit of copper that has dissolved into the vinegar will help prevent the mildew from returning. Wipe walls dry - rinsing is unnecessary.

    Well-established patches of mildew can be scoured off a wall or out of grout with a scrub brush and an old toothbrush dipped in a paste of borax and water.


  • Add a few drops of olive oil to ¼ cup white distilled vinegar. Lightly dampen your dust cloth with the solution and go to it!

    To remove water stains and rings that form under wet drinking glasses, mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 cup of olive oil and then use a clean cloth to apply the oily solution to the white stains. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rub it dry.

    Homemade Furniture Oil: Mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil or one part white distilled vinegar and three parts olive oil.Mix with a blender or shake vigorously and then apply sparingly. Shake before using. Let the mixture soak into the wood for a few minutes and then wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

General Cleaning Tricks

  • My kids know that once a week, at any time my husband and I are going to do a bedroom check, if ALL the kids’ bedrooms are clean, per our minimal requirement, they all get to go out to eat with us, if not, we go out alone, Peer- Pressure.

    SILK AND FABRIC FLOWERS... are they dusty? Get a plastic carrier bag put in 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt, put the flower heads in, hold on to the stems and neck of carrier bag tightly and shake the bag a dozen times or so (outside if possible in case the salt gets out of the carrier bag) the salt grains will remove all the dust. You now have nice clean dust free fabric flowers!

    After cleaning cobwebs away - Add lemon oil to a cloth and wipe around the ceiling - spiders don’t like smell of lemon.

    Rubbing Alcohol for Pet Stains! - Takes the stain out and the smell.

    Coca Cola to get rid of rust just let it sit over night and wah-la.

    To remove hard to remove pet hair from furniture or carpet use a rubber glove dampened with a little water then rub across area. WORKS GREAT!

    After I vacuum the small area rugs positioned at my entry doors, I then flip them over on the tile and vacuum the back side. Then I pick them up and vacuum the dirt off the tile. The vibration dislodges even more dirt than if you shake the rugs outside.