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There’s no way around it – there’s a lot of cleaning involved in moving, whether it’s cleaning out your old house or scrubbing your new abode to make sure everything is spic and span before you settle in. And these days, more and more people are trying to keep it clean and green.

DIY Green Cleaning Products

There's a growing interest in Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, including concocting your own eco-friendly cleaning products, such as:
  • Basic Cleaner - 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 – If your furniture gets scuffed up during the move, here’s an easy DIY cleaning solution to help. 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.  Be sure to test in a small, hidden section first.
  • Glass - 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 make it sparkle by filling 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. 

Buying Green and Clean

If you prefer buying cleaning products to making your own:
  • Look for products that are nontoxic and biodegradable.
  • Better Homes and Gardens recommends buying products that don't contain phosphate or chlorine.
  • Forego the paper towels and use cloth rags when wiping surfaces down. 
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
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