Cleaning is daunting enough without the realization that many of the store-bought products actually contain some nasty stuff you just might not want to be spreading around your home–especially if you have children and/or pets. Creekbend Property Management has found some great DIY green cleaning alternatives that are safe and cheaper to use!
1. Natural Grout Cleaner
– With just a bit a elbow grease, you can get the same results as when using toxic bleaching products! Supplies:
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen peroxide (optional)
- Spray bottle
- Grout brush or scrub brush (a toothbrush works as well!)
- Small bowl
1. Fill your spray bottle with a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water and spray the work area generously. Let the solution sit for about five minutes, then follow up with a scrub brush or a toothbrush. Rinse with warm water
2. In a small bowl, make a paste with baking soda and water. Dip your brush in the paste and work it into the grout. Spray the area with your vinegar + water solution. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to bubble up and will start to work away the soap scum. Use your brush and get all the way into the grout lines to remove buildup. Rinse with warm water.
2. Tub Cleaner
– You can make a simple bathtub cleaner from half of a grapefruit and kosher salt. Supplies:
Grind grapefruit half into salt and proceed to scrub tub!
3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner– For no fuss toilet cleaning!
- Shaker-top Bottle of Baking Soda
When toilets need cleaning, spritz thoroughly with vinegar and allow to sit for several minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl, scrub the inside of the bowl, and flush toilet. To clean the outside surfaces just spray with vinegar, let stand a few minutes, and wipe clean.
4. Natural Wood Polish– Simply mix olive oil, lemon and water and use a soft cloth to polish your wood pieces free from dust and to add a protective layer.
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon water
- Clean cloth
- Small jar
1. Juice 1 lemon and pour the contents into a small jar. 2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of water.
3. Seal the jar tightly and shake, shake, shake until emulsified. 4. Dip your cloth into the polish and make that wood shine!
Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in Charleston, Moncks Corner, James Island, Park Circle, North Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and Goose Creek. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!