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Rules & Practical Advice on Green Living

Green living is not only recycling old furniture and eating fresh garden vegetables and fruits. It is a way of thinking! If you want to be a part of the growing community of green living, you have to live and breath nature and find a way to incorporate the green lifestyle in your daily routine.

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Hardwood floor

Hardwood floor

If you want to clean your hardwood floor effectively, a great way to do it is to mix two parts lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl. Specialists suggest that you dampen a cloth in the oily solution and rub the wooden surface with circular movements.

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Disinfection

Disinfection

Make a solution of three teaspoons borax and four tablespoons vinegar, add two cups of water and one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Use a clean cloth or towel and wipe the surface to disinfect it.
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Mold Removal

Mold Removal

As the most famous way to remove mould is to use bleach-based solution, you can avoid toxic cleaners by using simply vinegar. The most famous way to remove mould is to use bleach-based solution but you can avoid toxic cleaners by simply using vinegar.
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Deodorization

Deodorization

In order to kill the unpleasant smell, you can sprinkle some vinegar around. For smelly drains, use a solution of baking soda and water . Pour it down the drains and this way you will not only remove the bad odor, but you will unclog them, too.
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Stain Removal

Stain Removal

Baking soda is the universal carpet stain removal homemade detergent but there's another competitor in the race - the melamine foam. This material can be used for removing almost any type of stain, be it a hardened splatter on the counter or a scribble on the wall. You can also use the popular carpet cleaner recipes that implement the use of a thick paste made of baking soda, lemon juice and white distilled vinegar. You can use the same methods for cleaning curtains, mattresses and upholstery as well as carpets and even clothing.

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Recycling

Recycling

This one is basic but if you still haven't started separating your garbage into different bags according to the material you need to start now. Designate a special trash can for glass, plastic and paper and make sure no labels are left of the bottles and plastic holders before disposing them.

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Upcycle

Upcycle

Give your old furniture a new life by repurposing and renovating them. Fix the finish of your mid-century wooden table or clean up the patina of your copper cutlery or maybe repaint your kitchen drawers to give your home that fresh new look.

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Polishing

Polishing

Cleaning windows is hard but giving them that smooth polished finish free of marks and smudges is an especially tiresome task. Yet, there is a trick you can use to me it easier. Sprinkle your windows with white distilled vinegar and quickly wipe with an old newspaper. The solution and paper will absorb the oily grime and leave a shining glossy surface.

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Walls Cleaning

Walls Cleaning

If your wall paint is washable you can give it a quick refreshment with the help of a soft clean sponge and a bit of water.

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Grease Removal

Grease Removal

If your oven is in need of immediate cleaning and you're looking for a green way to handle the burnt food leftovers and greasy stains, you might want to try this method. Make a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and hot water, and sprinkle with lemon juice afterwards for maximum effect.

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Materials

Materials

Materials:

  • baking soda
  • coarse salt
  • borax
  • essential oils
  • olive oil
  • paper sheets
  • microfiber cloth
  • distilled vinegar
  • lemon juice