Green Tips: Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Solutions

by Judy White 10/27/2019

Homemade cleaning solutions aren't just effective. They're also free of irritating chemicals, gentle on delicate surfaces, and easy on the environment. Here are a few recipes for making your own cleaning solutions.

Natural Wood Polish

This is a classic mix:

  • In a small cup, mix one part olive oil to one part lemon juice.
  • Now, use a soft cloth to rub your homemade wood polish into your wood pieces.
  • Buff the wood to its rich, natural glow with a clean cloth. 

What a gentle, protective cleaner! Plus, it smells lemony fresh.

Drain Cleaner and Declogger

A baking soda and vinegar mix can clear out clogs at the first sign of slow draining, before the job gets impossibly hairy. Give these steps a whirl:

  • Boil a pot of water. 
  • Flush the drain with it. (Handle boiling water with care!)
  • Then pour a cup of baking soda and vinegar, in roughly equal parts, down the drain. You'll see the drain bubble up a bit.
  • Close your drain.
  • Wait a few minutes, while boiling a new pot of water. Then carefully pour the boiling water down the drain.

Done! If your clog is in the advanced stages, you might want to bring a plunger into the equation. You'll get there, with eco-friendly flair.

Safe Insect Repellent for Indoor Use

Let chemicals be the last resort. Keep the air fresh and fragrant by giving these ideas a go.

  • For ants on the counter: Try cream of tartar. Use a little of this white powder plus a little water to make a thin paste. Sponge it over kitchen surfaces. (It will be invisible when dry.) Wiping with vinegar can also work well.
  • For moths, spiders, silverfish and others in the corners, nooks, and crannies: Cedar chips or cedar sachets in closets and cupboards deter those rascals while making your closets smell wonderful.
  • To redirect them all, wherever they might be: Use cinnamon sticks! Or put a couple of drops of essential cinnamon oil in a spray bottle filled with water. A spritz here and there repels bugs from seams that the little critters regard as revolving doorways. 

Paste For Making Shiny Things Sparkle

Here's how it's done:

  • Sponge unpainted cabinet knobs and faucets, and other hardware, with lemon juice.
  • Leave on for a time, then gently rub salt over the surface.
  • Rinse, then wipe dry.

To polish brass or other metals that have a protective varnish, use a soft, moistened cloth. Avoid using household chemicals.

These are just a few ways to clean your house and keep it looking new without using chemicals. They're also great ways to get ready for your next open house without having to air out the rooms before your guests arrive.

Looking for more ways to prep your home for an open house or get it ready for the market? Feel free to reach out!

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Judy White

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I am known for "out of the box" approaches, offering clients a unique experience packed with high energy service. A background in design, marketing and public relations has been a critical foundation for my success in real estate. Extremely knowledgeable in the fluctuations of the Denver metro front range market. I pride myself in offering my clients an enjoyable, professional real estate experience, unlike any other. I realize that the opportunity is not about me, but about my clients. In a world of talkers, my best attribute, far and away, is as a listener, then digesting what the client wants/needs, and then providing the best realistic solution. No sugar coating, just the facts, then the results. I am able to assimilate what I hear into a cogent, effective marketing program. I fully understand the beauty of uniqueness and I am prepared to market your "secret gem" or locate your "secret gem" to its fullest potential.

Whether a primary residence, or investment property, my knowledge of the market is a tremendous asset to making sound decisions, whether representing a Buyer, Seller, or both. I always follow statistics and market trends with a greater understanding of the market climate as well as buyer/seller behaviors, ultimately resulting in a successful transaction.

I also carry the following National Assn of Realtors Designations:

CRS--Certified Residential Specialist (top 4% nationwide Realtors)

REBAC--Member in good standing, Real Estate Buyers Agency Council

GRI--Graduate Realty Institute

SRES--Senior Real Estate Specialist

5280 Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent--6 years in a row