Eco-friendly Cleaning Tips!
Written by on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, decorating is not the only thing that goes on at The Seasonal Home…… I also clean (when I have to ;-)).   But when it comes to cleaning, I will take any shortcut I can.  And my favorite “way” to clean is to use as many natural products as possible, with vinegar being one of my favorites!  The main reason vinegar is a favorite is because I have hard water.  Hard water is a bad thing to have when your bathroom features glass doors and blocks, but I’m going to share my method for combining vinegar and paper towels that works great to combat this while cutting my cleaning effort by 90%!

I begin by soaking paper towels in vinegar.  Each time I pull out a couple of paper towel squares from the vinegar, I apply it to my glass doors and block, smoothing it out (as if it were wallpaper).  Strangely enough, this part of the job is somehow very Zen! (LOL)

I also apply individual pieces (of vinegar-soaked paper towel) to my shower head, Off/On handle and drain, but you should not leave this on for more than 15 minutes OR use paper towels soaked in a mixture of vinegar and water because  straight vinegar can strip the finish off of metal.

Once I’ve covered everything in my vinegar-soaked paper towels, I walk away and come back a couple of hours later to remove them.  The vinegar has done most of the work for me so all that’s left to do is use a use a natural cleanser product (like Bon Ami powder ) and a scratch-free, scrub sponge to remove the hard water deposits and leave my glass doors sparkling clean and spot-free!  Check out the end result yourself –

I also have a lot of tile in my house, which was great when I had high traffic x 4 kids, but I would love to switch to wood floors now that they’re grown and on their own.  Oh well… maybe some day… but for now, I’ve been focused on finding ways to keep my tile clean, especially the grout lines because I really dislike how dirty grout makes my floors look like grid work.  So I tried a natural product I had on hand (Witch Hazel) and was very pleasantly surprised at the great job it did by lightening my grout at least 3 shades!  I just applied it straight to the grout line, used an old toothbrush to give it a light scrub and soaked up the excess with an old rag.  Check out the difference between the vertical and horizontal lines in this photo –

So, try out my ideas if you have some of the same issues and if you have any great cleaning tips, please feel free to share them in the COMMENTS section of this post.  I’m sure everyone would love to check them out.

Enjoy the Creativity!

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7 Comments

  1. Nancy M. says:

    Eileen, better than the vineagar route, have a water softner installed and the work in the bathroom and all around your house will decrease by 99%! I couldn’t live without one after all these years of fighting bathroom grime!

  2. This is a very creative solution to removing limescale from tiles! As an alternative there’s a natural product called Universal Stone which is very good at removing light limescale, soap scum etc. from tiles and shower glass. It is also good for tile grout. You use a sponge to clean with, then rinse off. It would be interesting to hear how you would compare it with your method in terms of time taken to do the job.

  3. Thanks for sharing the wonderful cleaning tips! These tips are ery effective and helpful too.

  4. I completely agree with you. Vinegar is a powerful natural cleaning agent that can be used to kill bacteria, mold and germs. Vinegar is not only an eco-friendly cleaning agent but also is a very inexpensive way to clean.
    I also want to add something that one can use vinegar to eliminate odors in his microwave. He just has to mix half cup of white, distilled vinegar and half cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the mixture until it is boiled properly and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

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