Thinking Green in 2012? Check out 15 simple every day Green Tips

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Ritu Desai shares some great tips about Gree cleaning ideas. There is something to take away for everyone... I will try some of these myself. Thank you Ritu for putting this together!

Original content by Ritu Desai 703-625-4949 VA0225077251

Every individual effort, Every step counts to make our home and planet green. Here are few tips I use at my own home.

1. If you are decorating your home with fresh flowers, keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon baking soda to the water in the vase.

2. Odor: Boil water and add few drops of Vanilla extract OR cinnamon sticks and cloves or a few drops of an essential oil you like on the stove. This will neutralize/eliminate any odor in your home.

3. Clean the oven glass ( I used this tip at my own home), make a paste of Baking soda and water. Let it sit for about 15-20 mins. Wipe it with damp cloth.

4. Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave (about 5 min). Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

5. Large items: Sprinkle baking soda on your upholstery's, mattress or carpets to remove odor. Sprinkle and let it sit for 15-20 mins. vacuum the baking soda.

6. Baby oil can also be used to polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to door knobs.
After that you can rub bit of car wax to avoid the built up.

7. Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

8. For stronger garbage ddisposer cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerin, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue.

9. Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using baking soda applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, then wipe and rinse.

10. Garage floor: Scatter baking soda on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse. Instead of buying expensive degrease from home improvement store.

11. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways. Beware don't over spray and I don’t recommended using this in grass as it’ll kill the grass too

12. Grout: To Clean the grout, mix half and half of Baking soda and water. Using electric old tooth brush if you have or a old tooth brush. Scrub it in circular motion. Leave it for about 10-15 mins and rinse it or if you have steam mop use that.

13. Clean Floors: Fill a bucket with warm or hot water, add a quarter of a cup of vinegar and a dash of castile soap. Dunk your rag in the bucket, ring out, and wipe down the floors.

14. Air Freshener: Cut a small square of cheese cloth place couple of spoon of baking soda tie and place it any where you want example: shoe box, closets, laundry room, trash cans, bathrooms, under the sink, basement and so on.

15. Marble, granite, or stone counter top cleaner use rubbing alcohol or vodka to wipe it.

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Comments (6)

Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Thanks for these to follow greene tips-  wishing you all the best for the new year.

Jan 08, 2012 01:08 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Birgit - Often we just need good old fashioned elbow grease like our eco-friendly grandmothers.  This is a great list.

Jan 08, 2012 02:22 PM
Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Wow Bridgit, these are all great ideas. My grand father used baking soda for all sorts of things - we all kind of thought he was nuts and used to kid him about it!

Jan 13, 2012 10:54 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Birgit, I have not heard about some of these ideas before, but will try them all, as I am into the green thing and good health!

Jan 21, 2012 02:02 PM
Rocky Progano
MediaCOM Inc - Stamford, CT

Hi Birgit!

These tips are great for staging a new home for sale and I can't believe that baking soda can be used for so many different things!  Please give us a ring if you'd like to expand your TV or Internet presence!!


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Jan 23, 2012 07:59 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Birgit, thank you for re-blogging that great article. I am going to kill my weeds tomorrow ;=)

Jan 23, 2012 05:04 PM