The Green Mop ®

Eco-Friendly Residential/Commercial Cleaning Company

Putting Principle Into Practice

Spring cleaning should purify, not pollute, your home. Avoid harmful chemicals with these healthier, common-sense solutions.

 

 

 

KITCHEN

All Purpose Cleaner

2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup liquid soap (ECOVER liquid dishwashing liquid or Ivory dishwashing liquid)
Mix everything but soap in a spray bottle and shake. Add 1/4 cup liquid soap last. Mix gently. Apply and wipe clean. Good for counters, wood work, appliances, etc.

 

Or 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

Dish Soap

We use non-phosphate detergent
TIP: use half the recommended amount of detergent in your automatic dishwasher.

 

To keep your dishes spot-free, combine 1 cup borax with 1/2 cup baking soda then use a teaspoon of this mixture along with your dishwasher detergent.

 

Scouring Powder

Baking soda
Pour in shaker and sprinkle in sink or on pans.

Scrub with a pad and rinse.

Scouring Paste

2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid soap
2 tablespoons vinegar
Mix soda and soap to form a paste. Add vinegar and stir. Keep paste in a tub at the kitchen sink for scouring pots and pans or the sink itself.

Stain Remover

Salt
Juice of lemon or lime
Sprinkle surface with salt and squeeze lemon or lime juice over the area. Let sit and rub out. This can even remove rust if allowed to sit a few hours.

TIP: A wet pumice stone can remove tough stains from porcelain or enamel without scratching.

 

To bleach coffee spots off Formica counters: use lemon juice or mix lemon juice and baking soda to form a paste.

Drain Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
Pour baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar. Let it bubble for 15 minutes, then pour down a teakettle full of boiling water. For stubborn clogs, use a mechanical snake.

Garbage Pail Deodorizer

1 teaspoon tea tree oil
1 cup baking soda
Mix and work out all the lumps with a fork. Sprinkle in bottom of pail after liner is removed. Periodically rinse pail with vinegar and water and let dry.

 

Oven Cleaner

1 tablespoon liquid soap
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup baking soda
Spray oven surfaces with soapy water. Mix salt and baking soda and sprinkle on wet surface. Spray again so that the mixture is damp and pasty. Let stand overnight. Scrape off with putty knife or wet pumice stone.

 

To deodorize microwave, place a bowl of water with a few slices of lemon or a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice. Cook on high for about a minute. Doing so also makes it easier to clean the interior of the microwave ( the steam it creates loosens hardened spills).

 

To clean the refrigerator: use a sponge moistened with vinegar, it helps prevent mildew. For hardened spills, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, scrub and wipe with the cloth moistened with vinegar.

 

To clean the coffeemaker glass pot: use lemon juice and salt and rub with a sponge or lemon juice and baking soda. Rinse well.

 

 

   LAUNDRY

Laundry Soap

We use non-phosphate detergent like Seventh Generation.
TIP: Add 1/2 cup washing soda to the wash cycle to boost cleaning for heavily soiled clothes.

Fabric Softener

Vinegar
Add 1-2 cups of vinegar to rinse cycle to deodorize and soften fabrics.

Bleach

Instead of bleach, use Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Spot clean. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.

--or--
1/2 cup borax
Presoak in mixture of 1/2 cup borax in 2 gallons of hot water.

Diaper Pail Deodorizer

1 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon tea tree oil and/or
other essential oil
Mix and work out all lumps with a fork. Sprinkle in bottom of pail after liner is removed. Periodically rinse pail with vinegar and water and dry.

Laundry Stain Removers 

1/4 cup liquid detergent
1/4 cup glycerin
1 1/2 cups water
Mix and pour into a squirt bottle. Use sparingly and run on stain.
Wash. TIP: Do not use hot or warm water on sugary stains. Wash and rinse in cool water only.

--or--
Equal parts vinegar and water
Mix and use to remove tough stains including grass, perspiration, rust, jam, coffee, orange juice, wine, beer, ketchup, barbeque sauce, chili, urine and pet stains.

 

   BATHROOM

Tub & Tile Cleaner

1 2/3 cup water
1/4 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons vinegar 
A few drops of essential oil (optional)
Add soap to water and let dissolve. Stir in baking soda, then add vinegar. Store in a squirt bottle and shake before using. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving a residue.

 

To clean grout, mix lemon juice and baking soda and apply to grout. Let dry and then rinse.

Mold and Mildew

Equal parts vinegar and water (great for soapscum, too!)
Spray and wipe clean.

 

Plastic Shower Curtain

2 cups water
Laundry detergent
Machine launder along with a few towels. Air dry. To keep clean, spray weekly with a mixture of borax and water.

 

To clean mineral deposits from shower head: fill a shopping bag or plastic sandwich bag with vinegar (undiluted) then tie around the shower head. Leave it overnight, remove it in the morning, scrub a little bit, no need to rinse.

Antiseptic Soap Spray

3 tablespoons liquid soap
20-30 drops tea tree oil
2 cups water
Mix in spray bottle and apply.

TIP: Hydrogen peroxide (3%) by itself may also be used as a mild antiseptic.

Bathroom Deodorizer

One pound box baking soda
10-20 drops essential oil
Mix oil in baking soda. Place open box under sink or near toilet. Add more essential oil as needed. Replace baking soda every 3 months. Use the old baking soda in cleaning recipes.

Tiolet Bowl Cleaner

Tub and Tile Cleaner (see above)
1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil (optional)

Sprinkle on a wet bowl brush, scour and rinse. Clean bowl thoroughly and often.

TIP: Drain water from the toilet bowl for better cleaning. For serious stains or rust, empty water out of bowl and scrub with a wet pumice stone. When wet, the stone will not scratch porcelain.

 

To remove hard-water rings: spray undiluted vinegar around the inside of the toilet then sprinkle borax onto the vinegar. Let it soak for about half an hr. Repeat if necessary.

 

   FLOOR CLEANERS

All Purpose Floor Cleaner

2 tablespoons liquid soap or detergent
1 gallon hot water
Mix, mop, and wipe clean.

No-Wax Floor Cleaner

All Purpose Recipe (above)
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix, mop, and wipe clean.

 

You can also clean wood floors with tea: just brew about a quart of water with one tea bag then let it warm to room temperature, wring out a cloth to wash floor-do not overwet floor. Using tea in cleaning floors help cover imperfections.

Tile Floor Cleaner

1 cup vinegar
1 gallon hot water
Mix, mop and wipe clean.

TIP: To remove scuff marks, sprinkle with baking soda and spray with equal parts vinegar and water. Wipe clean.

Wood Floor Polish

1/4 cup olive oil 
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix and apply. Wipe clean.

 

   METAL CLEANERS

Brass & Copper Cleaner

2/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup flour 
1/2 cup salt
In a glass bowl, mix vinegar and flour. Add salt and stir. Spread on tarnished metal. Wait 1-2 hours. Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth and a dab of olive oil.

Chrome Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 tablespoons water
Mix to form a paste. Apply with sponge and rinse well.

Silver Cleaner

3-inch square of aluminum foil
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup warm water
Dissolve salt and baking soda in warm water. Submerge the foil and silver in the solution. Wait one hour. Rinse silver and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

--or--
Use a non-gel toothpaste and rub tarnished spots with soft cloth and rinse.

 

   LIVING ROOM

Glass Cleaner

1/8 cup vinegar
1 cup water
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake and apply. Wipe clean.

Leather Cleaner

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix in a squirt bottle and shake before each application. Rub with cloth into leather for cleaning and conditioning.

DO NOT USE ON SUEDE.

Wood Furniture Polish

3/4 cup olive or mineral oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon lemon oil (optional)
Mix thoroughly in a squirt bottle. Shake well and squirt on furniture or rag and rub into wood.

 

Tip: Do not throw away your used dryer fabric sheets. It's good for dusting. We also use it to clean lampshades and window blinds. 

Carpet Deodorizer

1 pound box baking soda
1 teaspoon essential oil
Mix using a fork to work out lumps. Sprinkle on carpet. Vacuum after 1 hour.

Carpet & Upholstery Stain Remover

1/4 cup liquid detergent
1/4 cup glycerin
1 1/2 cups water
Mix and pour into a squirt bottle. Use sparingly and rub on stain.

--or--
Club soda
Dish detergent
Blot stain with club soda then scrub with a dab of dish detergent.

--or--
Equal parts vinegar and water
Mix and use to remove tough stains including grass, perspiration, rust, jam, coffee, orange juice, wine, beer, ketchup, barbeque sauce, chili, urine and pet stains.

TIP: Never use warm or hot water on stains containing sugar!