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08/14/2014
If you have already experienced working with Clean Pro, then you know that we use a cleaning method that does not expose your family to harsh chemicals. You can be sure that with the Clean Pro system, your carpets are getting a great, environmentally friendly, clean. It is important to know what goes into your home. Today we would like to share SEVEN natural cleansers for your home. We will even include how to make them. Get ready to get crafts, save some money, and protect your family from unnecessary chemical exposure. 

Baking soda will clean your oven! 

Make sure all of the surfaces of the oven are damp, using a spray bottle of water. Place about ¼ inches of baking soda on the bottom of the oven. If there are any parts of the baking soda that are not wet, spray them with water. Let it sit for at least an hour, and be sure that the oven is off and cool. Otherwise you may be participating in an unwilling science experiment. After letting it sit, wipe down the surfaces of the oven and you should find a very clean space. For extremely baked on grease and grime you might have to go through the process a few times, but what a great, natural way, to clean your! 

Cleaning your coffee pot is as easy as pouring water and vinegar!

It is THAT easy. If you have a coffee pot and it needs cleaning, we can assume that you like your coffee. To make sure that you get the best taste out of this highly important beverage, you can take on part vinegar to two parts water, pour it into the machine, as if you were going to make vinegar/water coffee. Turn it on and let it run through the cycle. You do not have to include the filter, as you are not really making coffee. The water that will begin trickling out should be a cloudy white color. After the cycle is completed, brew two more times with only water, to eliminate any possible vinegar residue, and you’re done. 

Use orange, lime, and lemon peels to make a natural all purpose cleaner!

Take the rinds from your favorite citrus fruits, place them in a jar, and fill the jar with vinegar. Let the jar sit for at least a few days and up to two weeks for potency. Put the liquid into a bottle and use it as is for a disinfectant and floor cleaner. Dilute it and use it as a window cleaner. 

Clean your toilet with baking soda and vinegar, with no scrubbing!

This is super easy. We so no scrubbing, but know that if the toilet is particularly filthy, you might have to add a bit of elbow grease. You will start by putting baking soda in the bowl and allowing it to sit for approximately an hour. With the baking soda still there, add a full cup of vinegar and allow it to sit for another five minutes. Flush. You are done. 

Natural dish soap and vinegar make an excellent shower cleaner!

For this trick, you’ll need a spray bottle filled halfway with vinegar and 2 or 3 tablespoons of natural dish soap. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water and shake gently. After you shower, simply spray down the walls. This will help eliminate residue buildup on the shower walls. 

Natural air fresheners are easy to make!

Simmer a quart of water with the desired ingredients, making sure the water does not evaporate completely. Allow it to cool, put it in a spray bottle, and there you have it. Here are a few suggested air freshener recipes: 
- 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla
- 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves *This is great for Fall, as it smells like pumpkin!
- 1 sliced lime and 2 tablespoons thyme

Unwanted insect repellent made from herbs!

- Use vinegar on or around a place where ants seem to be congregating. They will be repelled
- Plant basil, mint, rosemary, citronella, lemongrass, marigold, and basil around your garden or patio. They will act as natural repellents where they sit. You can also place them around your door or other area where ants enter your home, in pots, or crush them and place them on the ground. These herbs are toxic to insects, but not to animals or humans. 
- Make a personal insect repellent by adding mint, rosemary, and/or basil to boiling water. Steep the mixture as if you were making tea, place in a spray bottle in your refrigerator to cool. 

Be sure to add vinegar and baking soda to your next grocery list. As you may have noticed from the recipes, these two products are crucial to making cleaning products at home. By using natural cleaning products you not only save money, but you protect your family from unnecessary chemicals.  Remember that there are also natural carpet cleaning remedies and stain removal out there, however when you decide that it is time for a professional carpet cleaning in Portland, keep Clean Pro in mind. Give us a call at  (503) 563-5451, to see how we can help you!

Contact Brian Looney
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