Green Cleaning

Amy Boggs, owner of a local green cleaning company, joined us today with tips on how to clean without chemicals.

Here are Amy's tips:

All-Purpose Cleaner:

  • Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
  • Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.

Carpet stains:

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
  • For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.


  • Carpets - sprinkle with baking soda several hours before vacuuming - can also place a cotton ball with essential oil on it in the vacuum bag.
  •  Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
  • In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
  • Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours


  • Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water.  For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap.
  • Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.)

To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.

Fabric softener:

  • To reduce static cling, dampen your hands,
  • then shake out your clothes as you remove them from the drier.
  • Line-drying clothing is another alternative.

Stickers on walls:

  • To remove, sponge vinegar over them several times
  • Wait 15 minutes,
  • then rub off the stickers.
  • This also works for price tags (stickers) on tools, etc.

Water Rings on Wood:

  • Water rings on a wooden table or counter are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat, but not the finish.
  • Try applying toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into the ring.
  • Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.

Stainless Steel Polish: 

  • Rub Stainless Steel with Baby Oil


  • Your carpet and rug fibers trap dirt and allergens - such as pet dander and pollen - so when you walk on them, the particles are agitated and released back into the air. 
  • A good vacuum will have a brush roller on it to beat the fibers to release the dirt, so it can be removed with the suction of the vacuum.


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