Sunday July 20, 2014
DIY green cleaning products can protect you, your family and pets from toxic chemicals commonly found in store bought cleaning products. Use these five inexpensive, homemade and environmentally-friendly cleaners to green cleaning your future new homes in forney.
- All-purpose cleaner – Throw your store bought multi-purpose cleaners away and make your own. Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ cup white vinegar into a spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle up with water and add about five drops of an essential oil (lavender or lemon work perfectly). Shake well and let sit for a while before using. Your homemade solution can be used to clean, disinfect and or eliminate bacteria and germs from bath tubs, cooktops, countertops, floors, kitchen sinks and other surfaces.
- Disinfecting wipes – Use on hard, nonporous surfaces to easily clean up contaminated areas. Purchase a pack of reusable cloths and cut them up into even square pieces. Reuse an old disinfecting wipes container or even a baby/feminine wipes container will do. Neatly roll the cloths up into the reused disinfecting wipes container (just throw them in the reused baby/feminine wipes container). Angle them so the wipes stick up and are easy to grab like store bought ones. Next, mix ½ tablespoon natural dishwashing soap, 2 tablespoon white vinegar, 10 drops lemon essential oil and 1 cup water solution into a bowl and pour over wipes. The lemon essential oil will mask the strong white vinegar scent.
- Homemade oven cleaner – Three simple ingredients will keep your new oven shinning over time. Just mix 1 teaspoon Borax, 1 tablespoon natural dish liquid and 2 cups hot water into a spray bottle. Spray throughout oven’s interior and allow the mix to sit for 20 minutes. Wipe your oven clean with a cloth.
- Iodized salt – Spills happen, especially with kids around. Pour the iodized salt onto the wet stain, dry and then vacuum. This is an ideal way to remove ink, coffee, tea, red wine or juice stains off an area rug or carpet.
- Glass cleaner – Your home is filled with beautiful windows. A homemade window cleaner is the perfect way to invite natural light into your new home. Add 3 tablespoons lemon juice and ½ cup rubbing alcohol to a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the spray bottle up with water. Spray onto your windows (or other glass surfaces) and wipe using a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.
Altura Homes is currently pre-selling in the Heartland neighborhood. Featuring single and two-story new homes in forney priced from the $150’s, Heartland includes 9 distinct floor plans from 1,502 to 2,629 square feet. If you’re looking for a community with vast amenities and only 20 minutes from downtown Dallas contact Mike Crowell of Altura Homes at 214-434-6252 to learn more about this beautiful community.