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Gosh I know what you’re thinking. Cleaning rots. But it’s an important part of decluttering and organizing. While you’re doing the other two, you need to be deep cleaning as you go.
Now the worst parts about cleaning for me are the expensive cleaning supplies and the harmful chemicals. So I’m going to discuss not only WHAT to clean, but also what to clean WITH.
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Cleaning Green: EcoFriendly Cleaning Supplies
1. Rags for Cleaning: Upcycle old clothing into rags to clean with. They’re easy to cut up into smaller pieces and place them in a bin for later use.
Old socks are GREAT to use for staining wood. I use a glove underneath, but I can slip the sock over my glove to apply the stain and wipe it off. Perfect.
I have a LOT of lazy girl hacks with my steam mop. Check them out in the video below:
The nice thing about steam cleaning is that using steam as an alternative cleaners means purchasing and storing fewer cleaning products. I am trying to reduce my use of dangerous chemicals in my home because it is, quite frankly, easier to get rid of dangerous products than to baby proof them. I’m of the mindset that no baby proofing product is 100% hack proof.
One note is that I don’t like to put my steam against cold glass. Or use steam then immediately hit it with cold water to rinse it. Some websites don’t mention that this could be a problem- so MAYBE it’s fine. But I am going to err on the side of caution because hot/cold method is how I cut glass for wine bottles. I don’t want to take the chance of stressing the glass on my sliding glass doors- they are REALLY expensive to replace.
Now… DIY cleaning supplies. Make sure you’re not mixing dangerous chemicals. Some chemicals are extremely dangerous to mix and some are completely pointless to mix. Chemical reactions, yo. Be careful. You could actually die if you f it up.