Four Green Spring Cleaning Tips

April 11, 2014
Natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemon.Keeping the environment in mind as we clean our homes isn’t always easy. In honor of Earth Day and spring, Eco News Network caught up with Marie Stegner, consumer health advocate for residential cleaning leader, Maid Brigade. Here Marie shares with us her green spring cleaning tips and her top four green cleaning recipes.

Short on time and in a pinch, we all go for the cleaners that are close at hand. Marie keeps natural cleaning supplies handy at all times.

“I encourage you to ditch your ordinary cleaning routine for a new green cleaning arsenal that’s safe for you and the environment. It’s amazing that you can safely and effectively clean your home with everyday household items like olive oil, baking soda, salt, white vinegar, and lemon,” says Stegner

Here are Stegner’s four top green cleaning recipes to solve four common home cleaning challenges.

1. Got rings? Those coffee table rings left behind from a wet glass or can are a breeze to remove using white vinegar, olive oil, and a microfiber cloth. Mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and apply with a microfiber cloth moving with the wood grain. Use a second, clean microfiber cloth to shine it up after.

2. Self-cleaning leaving grime behind? Try this natural oven cleaner. Fill an ovenproof dish with water and place in the oven. Heat the oven until the steam softens the baked-on grime. Let the oven cool and mix 8 tbl each of salt, baking soda, and white vinegar into a paste to scrub the oven surfaces clean.

3. Scum got you on the edge? Tackle that nasty residue around the tub and shower with a scrub paste made from baking soda and a tiny bit of water. Rub with a microfiber cloth.

4. Disgusting drain a drag? Hot lemon juice and baking soda make a good drain cleaner that is also safe for septic systems.

For more green cleaning tips and recipes download the Maid Brigade Green Cleaning Go-To Guide at

And tune in Tuesdays at 9 a.m. EDT to the Clean Green Talk radio show co-hosted by Marie and green cleaning coach and author, Leslie Reichert, for more ideas on how to keep your home clean and healthy. You can also listen to old episodes visit

Happy Spring, Healthy Cleaning!

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