How to Get Rid of the Boy Bathroom Smell

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Cleaning Bedroom, Green Cleaning, Household Tips | Tags: , , , , |

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If you have boys you know this is true – even when your bathroom is sparkling clean, the “boy bathroom smell” will linger. Mopping is not enough. You need to eliminate the odor.

Anna Mosely’s blog offers a recipe for getting rid of the boy bathroom smell, once and for all.

There are 3 reasons I like this article.

  • It’s simple. With only 3 ingredients and 3 steps, this is an easy recipe to implement.
  • It’s green.At Sponge & Sparkle, we are committed to using non-toxic cleaning products whenever possible. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice – that’s all this cleaning recipe requires.
  • It’s frugal.The ingredients shouldn’t cost you more than $3.

To read the article, click here. You may also want to read the comments for cleaning ideas from other home owners.

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Recipe for a Sweet Smelling, Non-Toxic Wood Cleaner

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Green Cleaning, Safe Cleansers | Tags: , , |

Picture of lady kissing lemon. What not to love about lemon? It smells good and has natural acidic properties that whisk away dirt.

This recipe for a lemony dust cloth (via care2.com) is a winner. It’s frugal, simple (only 2 ingredients) and effective. Give it a try.

If you happen to have more lemons than the cleaning recipe calls for, you can use the surplus to make lemonade or freshen up your glass of water.

A cleaning ingredient you can actually consume? You wouldn’t dare try it with a traditional cleaner, but it’s one of the benefits of green cleaning.

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3 Non-Toxic (and Affordable!) Disinfectants

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Little Girl Holding Spray BottleYour eyes know. Your nose knows. Most anti-bacterial cleaning agents are filled with noxious items.

Tufts University research finds that in most cases, over-the-counter disinfectants are unnecessary.  The study reports that these cleaners are only necessary in places with high amounts of germs, or in homes where seriously ill people live.  Everyone else can probably eliminate most bacteria through proper hygiene such as hand washing.

Here are three natural, effective disinfectants.

1. White Vinegar:

Undiluted distilled white vinegar, which you can easily find in a supermarket, kills 99% of bacteria, 82 % of mold, and 80% of germs. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle with few drops of tea tree or lavender oil. Spray and don’t rinse.

2. Warm Water and Soap:

Many experts agree that warm water and soap is effective in getting rid of bacteria. To clean an area, apply warm soapy water, use “elbow grease” to scrub well, and rinse clean.

3. Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil should never be used full strength – a couple of drops in a spray bottle is probably all you need. Keep the oil in a dark bottle since sunlight can reduce its effectiveness. Search the Internet for “tea tree oil cleaners” to find recipes.

In addition to being much less irritating, these natural cleaners have the added benefit of costing much less than the ones you buy in the store.

Of course, we use all natural, non-toxic cleaners when we clean our clients’ homes.  Shaklee is one of our favorite product lines.

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Drain Cleaning – 2 Easy (and Green!) Recipes

Posted on August 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Clog-free drainHair, soap scum, goo. Just a few things that can build up in your sink, causing your drains to empty slowly, giving you something else to contend with during your bathroom cleaning ritual.

An Ounce of Prevention

Before sharing a few easy drain cleaning tips, let’s discuss prevention. Have you considered an inexpensive drain strainer? This may help keep hair and some other items out of your drains, which reduces the number of times you have to unclog.

Drain Cleaning Recipe 1

Drop a couple of Alka Seltzer tablets into a slow drain and follow with a vinegar chaser. After a few minutes, rinse with hot water. Your drain will be as good as new.

Drain Cleaning Recipe 2

Would you like another bathroom cleaning tip?  Baking soda will not only clear up clogged drains, but it will also keep them smelling fresh. Try this: pour a half cup of salt and one cup of baking soda down the drain and let it sit overnight. In the morning chase it with a pot (two to three cups) of boiling water.

You will get the best results if you do not wait until your drain is clogged to use these cleaning recipes. Instead use them periodically to stop obstructions from piling up.

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