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Green cleaning tips for your new home

Try out these homemade eco-friendly cleaning mixtures in your new house.

There's a growing interest in Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, including concocting your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Whether cleaning the house you're moving from or disinfecting your new home, there are a number of easy DIY cleaners.

If you prefer buying cleaning products to making your own, look for those that are nontoxic and biodegradable. Better Homes and Gardens also recommends buying products that don't contain phosphate or chlorine. Another suggestion for green cleaning is to forgo the paper towels and use cloth rags when wiping surfaces down. 

To make your own eco-friendly cleaner, use 4 tablespoons of baking soda per quart of water. Here are a few other types of cleaner you can make, as well as where you can use them around your new home.

Rugs

To freshen the smell of your rugs, spread a bit of baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet and vacuum it up. Any odor will be absorbed by the dry powder, similarly to the way it absorbs refrigerator odor. If stains are an issue, dampen the area and rub Borax over it. Borax is a laundry booster with many uses. Once it's dry, vacuum it or make a vinegar and water solution to blot the stain. 

Furniture

Your furniture may get a little scuffed up during the moving process, but there's an easy DIY cleaning solution to help with that. Create a furniture polish with two common kitchen items. Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise, vegetable oil or olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Apply to furniture with a rag in a circular motion then wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Glass

There are definitely more complex DIY glass cleaners out there but this is very easy. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda or borax with 3 cups of water, then spray on glass or mirrors and wipe.

Drain

Add 1 cup of salt and 1/4 cup cream of tartar to 1 cup of baking soda. Mix them together then dump less than half of the solution down the drain. Pour boiling water in to wash the mixture and grime out.

Dishwasher

If your new home already has a dishwasher, here's how  to make it sparkle. Fill the detergent cup with powdered orange or lemon flavored drink and run a regular cycle. The citrus-like powders are effective because they have citric acid or citric acid crystals, according to Good Housekeeping. 

Massive cleaning missions can be tiring but they're often a necessary part of the moving process. For ideas on making the mission fun, visit the expert moving tips on SmartMove.us.

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