Prepare for Christmas With Green Cleaning Methods

By Ebony Porter, December 1, 2017, Family, Green

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices,  favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

Christmas signals a time of year when you can expect more guests at your home, so naturally, you want it to shine!

Out come the boxes of ornaments, wreaths, lights to hang, and platters to serve on, typically reserved for use at this time of year. When sitting in storage for 11 months, they are surely in need of a little tender love and care.

Check out these tips on how to make your home holiday ready using eco friendly methods of cleaning:

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1. Polish Your Silver

Bring out the silver gravy boats, silverware, and platters! Whether you own some serving items like this from your wedding registry, because you like to shop big, or as hand-me-downs, silver is a gorgeous way to present your holiday feasts.

But more times than not, it needs a little polish to return to it’s natural luster.

DIY Silver Polish with Household Ingredients:

  • Toothpaste is the best and safest way to clean silverware! This is a trick I use more times than not when cleaning my silver jewelry. Squeeze a dime sized amount of organic toothpaste onto a rag, and polish your silver. The toothpastes that are made with baking soda are the best. Make sure the entire surface is covered in the paste and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rub off with a clean, dry rag. It will shine like a mirror!
  • Water, Baking Soda, and Foil. Another eco-friendly trick for cleaning silver plated utensils is to boil half a gallon of water, pour in one tablespoon of baking soda, and a piece of aluminum foil. Drop your silverware into the pot, and let it boil for 10 seconds. Remove them with tongs. You’ll see they’re as shiny as new. Leave them in for longer if your silverware is extremely tarnished.

2. Dust Wreaths and Other Holiday Decorations

More times than not, all our ornaments and decorations need is a simple dust to make them look new.

Use a feather duster to dust off wreaths, or hold them outside while you gentle tap a rag on them to dislodge dust.

Wipe down ornaments with a dry, clean, microfiber cloth. There’s no need to spray chemicals to remove dust off any of these items. 

You can also take your artificial Christmas tree if that’s what your family puts up each year, and assemble it outside so you don’t get dust everywhere. Taking a cloth, tap the branches to remove the dust before you hang on the ornaments and dress it with lights.

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3. Touch Up Ornaments

One of the most un-ecofriendy things to do is to throw out ornaments that could be resurrected and brought back to life. Resist the urge to consume more, and work with what you have!

If you find that your wooden, paper mache, plastic or glass ornaments are chipped, then head to your local craft store and pick up a non-toxic tube of the paint that matches the color you’re needing to repair. You’ll also want to grab a small paintbrush.

Spend one Saturday afternoon touching up all your ornaments, and restoring them to new. You may even feel like you’re in Santa’s Toy Shop!

4. Clean Up the Entry Way

When your guests arrive, you want them to feel immediately welcome and at home. Be sure and clear the space around your front door so they can enter with ease.

Sweep the entry, and consider hanging some hooks for guests to hang their hats, scarves, and coats on. You can also add a doormat, which can easily be cleaned post holidays with an easy whack with a broom outdoors.

5. Dust Away the Cobwebs

Remove all the cobwebs from the corners and walls by simply wrapping a microfiber cloth around the head of a broom, and dusting this way. You can then wash your microfiber cloth afterwards. You can also dust your fans with a simple wipe down.

6. Clean Kitchen Grime

There’s really no need to spray any chemicals to remove dust. If you have stubborn dirt in the kitchen for example, from oil particles and dust in the air combining, then use a simple vinegar, water and essential oil spray to cut through the grime, and wipe it clean.

6. Cleaning Light Fixtures

Be sure that your lights are turned off before you climb a ladder and dust those fixtures. If you’re not already using LED light bulbs, then consider buying them now.

A feather duster is all you need to dislodge dust. For glass fixtures that need a little extra, consider spray a vinegar and water solution onto them while turned off. Wipe clean.

Most importantly, don’t get overwhelmed by the cleaning this time of year! Take it step by step, and your home will be gleaming in no time.

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