Cleaning with Natural Ingredients: Living Areas and Pets
With the kitchen and bathrooms clean and smelling fresh, it’s time to move to the living room and bedrooms. As the summer heats ups and the sun begins to shine and light up your home, your family’s comfort areas may look dark and dreary with the accumulation of a season full of dirt and grime. With safe, nontoxic natural ingredients that you have in your kitchen, you can quickly and easily freshen up your rooms with a green Spring cleaning.
Recipes for Cleaning Living Rooms and Bedrooms:
- General Carpet Cleaner: Mix one part white vinegar, one part warm water and one-half cup baking soda. Mix well. This recipe can be used in a rug machine to clean the entire carpet or can be used on stains.
- Carpet Spot Cleaner: For hard-to-remove stains, mix one-fourth cup of non-toxic liquid soap and one-third cup of warm water. Spray the mixture onto the stain, and rinse the spot with white vinegar.
- Carpet Deodorizer: Sprinkle baking soda onto the rug. Let it sit for thirty minutes before vacuuming.
- Wood Furniture Polish: Mix together two cups of warm water with two tablespoons each of olive oil and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray onto the wood furniture, and polish with a rag. Because wood varies, you should always do a small test patch on an area that won’t be seen.
- Leather Furniture Polish: Mix one part vinegar to two parts olive oil. Shake the mixture, and buff into the leather with a clean rag. Vinegar or lemon juice can be applied directly to stains with a rag.
- Air Freshener: Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil to create your very own personal air freshener. If using straight vinegar, the smell will fade very quickly.
Like humans, our pets are creatures of habit. They have their own favorite spots in the house, which they’ll visit even if they’ve had a romp in the new Spring mud. If their local hangouts within your home have a lingering odor that you just can’t seem to get rid of, try these natural homemade recipes below. Homemade all-purpose cleaner, made by mixing one part vinegar and one part water, will also come in handy.
Green Cleaning for Pet Owners:
- Pet Disinfectant: Mix one-half cup vinegar and one-fourth cup rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray around your pet’s living quarters and favorite bathroom spots when your pet is not present. Remember to remove their food and water supplies before spraying.
- Cat Urine Remover: In a spray bottle, mix two parts warm water and one part vinegar. Not only will this remove urine stains from the walls, but it will actually remove the cat smell and will help keep your cat from returning to that spot.
- Dog Smell Remover: Baking soda can be sprinkled on many surfaces, including carpet, furniture, mattresses and pet bedding. Let it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.
By working from top to bottom with these natural recipes, you’ll have a home so clean and fresh that it feels like a whole different house.