But hard water spots and toothpaste splatter are sort of inevitable. Use a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water (just like in our DIY all purpose cleaner) to shine them up. Those stubborn spots will come off super quick and easy. No vigorous scrubbing needed.
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With so many logos and confusing all natural and green claims, we break it all down for you. Find out what certifications like EPA Safer Choice and Certified Biodegradable mean, and what label claims like "natural" and "unscented" actually don't mean! Check out the article through the link in bio.
Open a window or turn on a fan. Cleaning can kick up dust that isn't good for you to inhale and cleaning products can lower indoor air quality.
Here are our two favorite DIY options in a 16oz spray bottle. The first is pretty much just vinegar and water. It's super effective and if the vinegar smell bugs you (we swear it goes away as soon as it dries), just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. We love peppermint! Or you can soak the vinegar with some lemon peels for a week or two and get that amazing clean citrus scent. Ahhh...🍋 We also keep a bottle of the liquid soap cleaner on hand for marble counters (no vinegar on sensitive surfaces) and to spot clean small couch and rug stains. Pssst! We've heard that some kombucha bottles and apple cider vinegar bottles will fit an old spray top, so look around your kitchen for some free supplies!
This week's challenge is to clean just a bit more than you normally do. If you're thinking, hmmm that's never, then maybe just for 10 minutes! Here's why. Cleaning can help remove toxic chemicals from your home. Things like phthalates, flame retardants, and lead all end up in normal house dust just from daily life. But, if you vacuum, and wipe things down with a damp cloth you can trap and remove a bunch of it. And, if you switch up your cleaning supplies to DIY versions or safer, non-toxic versions, you can make your cleaning routine even healthier. Check out our green cleaning checklist if you're lost on where to start.

To make it a little easier, we came up with the ultimate green cleaning checklist. That way, you have a list of tasks for each room so you know it will be actually clean when you are done. No more wondering if "dusting" with your fuzzy socks counts any more (hard truths but it doesn't). Check out the full list and some of our fav nontoxic cleaning supplies.

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