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A Non-Toxic Way to Handle Your Kitchen’s Worst Chore

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Kitchen cleaning chores are some of the most difficult. In most homes, the kitchen doubles as not only a place to prepare meals and store food, but also the place where families gather to talk, play games and spend time together. With this type of heavy usage, it is no wonder that supermarkets and other retailers stock row after row of harsh, chemical cleaners intended to help consumers clean their kitchens.

What these retailers don’t want you to know, however, is that you already have all the ingredients you need to cut through tough kitchen grease and grime in your pantry and even better, these ingredients are non-toxic, have no irritating odors and are safe to use around children, pets and food preparation areas.

Oven Cleaning in a Box?

Cheap and plentiful, baking soda is an ingredient found in nearly every home in America. Used in baking, it helps breads and baked goods rise properly, as well as freshening the interiors of our refrigerators and freezers. But many people do not know that baking soda is also an excellent oven cleaner that works, yet gives off no harsh odors and does not require the use of rubber gloves to protect skin from dangerous chemicals.

To use baking soda to clean your oven, follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure the oven is cool, then remove the racks and place them in the sink full of sudsy water to soak
  • Wipe loose food particles from the oven and dispose of them
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, aiming for the consistency of a thick cream
  • Apply the baking soda paste to the walls, floor and interior of the oven door, making sure to put an ample coating on areas with heavy soil
  • Spritz the baking soda mixture with a spray bottle containing a solution of three parts plain water to one part white vinegar
  • Let soak for a few hours or overnight
  • Wipe away the dried baking soda paste with a microfiber cloth
  • Spray the interior with the vinegar and water solution once again and wipe any remaining residue from the oven interior
  • Wash oven racks and dry thoroughly before replacing them
  • While one treatment is usually enough, heavily soiled ovens may require an additional treatment to remove tough-baked on soil

Once you experience the ease and results you get by using all natural cleaning solutions, you will wonder why you waited so long to give them a try.

Mopfrog of North Buckhead, a leading eco-friendly cleaning company, takes great pride in providing safe, effective, all-natural cleaning methods and techniques to every one of their customers. Call them today and make an appointment to have them handle your spring cleaning chores this year, while you enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

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Safer Cleaning For Your Canine

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There’s a reason why dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend” – they have proven themselves to be loyal, loving and understanding members of the family. While wagging tails and playful grins greet us when we return home, unfortunately, dogs can also be a bit of a handful to clean up after. Whether it is tracking in dirt and mud into the house or a less than sweet smelling surprise left on the carpet, when cleaning your home with a dog present, it’s always important to make sure that you’re using the right types of products. Not only for the purposes of effectiveness, but also to make sure that you aren’t harming your furry little friend through dangerous and toxic chemicals.

One of the absolute best products that you can use for safer cleaning for your four-legged companion is baking soda. This is an ideal solution for a number of reasons. For starters, baking soda is recognized as one of the best all-natural cleaning ingredients. It’s great at absorbing odors (like the kind your dog is likely to leave behind, such as urine odor or other animal smells). If you need to remove pet accident scents, for example, you can sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the affected area and vacuum it up thirty minutes later. Baking soda is also mildly abrasive, which makes it a versatile cleaning agent. You can combine baking soda with water to create toothpaste to brush your canine’s teeth once or twice or week or mix with equal parts warm water and salt, allowing you to create a paste that is great for scrubbing out dog dishes.

Another wonderful ingredient to make use of for safer cleaning around your dog is to make an all-purpose cleaner with vinegar. If you’re not a fan of the way vinegar smells, add essential oils, such as lavender or lemon for a fresher scent. Due to its antimicrobial properties, vinegar is a great green cleaning solution for your animal’s grooming tools, toys and more.

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Non-toxic Recipes For A Greener Clean

Saving time and money is important to all of us these days. However, when you can save time and money and still remain true to your eco-friendly beliefs, the benefits are truly amazing. Creating your own DIY home cleaning products is one way to accomplish this worthwhile feat.

Here are three DIY versions of home cleaning products, that are extremely effective and inexpensive, as well as being non-toxic.

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Using a funnel, add 2 teaspoons borax, 1 teaspoon washing soda and 2 cups hot water to a spray bottle, then cap and shake until dissolved. Next, add 1 tsp tea tree oil and 4 tablespoons household vinegar and finish filling bottle with warm water.

To use, simply spray on dirt, grime and grease and wipe off. For really stubborn dirt, let the solution sit for a few moments before wiping.

Everyday Citrus Spray Cleaner

Fill a quart jar with citrus rinds, such as grapefruit, lemon and orange. Pour in enough white vinegar to cover the citrus rinds and then cap tightly and let sit in a cool, dark place for one week. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and use as a fragrant, antibacterial spray cleaner for counters, appliances, and everyday spot cleaning. For an additional benefit, grind the discarded citrus peels in the garbage disposal to freshen it or add them to your compost pile.

Odor Removal

Perfumed spray deodorizers are expensive and designed to only mask odors. Instead, keep your home smelling fresh by keeping small jars of white vinegar on windowsills and bathroom counters, as well as in the laundry room and kitchen. The vinegar removes odors from these rooms, while leaving a fresh clean scent. For even more appeal, use small, colored glass jars or vases.

These are just a few of the DIY cleaning options you can create. Once you see how well they work and how inexpensive they are to make, you will wonder why you waited so long to go green with your home cleaning routine.

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