We probably don’t realize how much our cleaning products and their chemical compositions affect the quality of the air we breath. Especially if you live in a small apartment and don’t open the windows, the air remains stale with the remnants of our all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, bug killers, bathroom scrapers and so on. It’s hard to imagine there was even a time when we lived without these magical potions that can make sludge and grime disappear before our eyes. However, it’s actually easier to clean our offices or house with natural, toxic free sources. Here are some tips for next time your cleaning that will be both cheaper and greenerGreen cleaning tips

What You’ll Need

With just these six products you can get your countertops, bathrooms, and carpets clean and odor free:

  • coffee grounds
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • vanilla
  • lemons
  • citrus rinds

Gather these products together and get ready to do some green cleaning!

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds act as odor neutralizers. In candle shops, you’ll often see little jars of coffee beans all around so that customers can whiff up the neutralizing aroma and continue smell the candles as if for the first time. There are a few ways you can use coffee grounds around the house to neutralize odors.

Put coffee grounds in a container and place in your refrigerator, microwave, or pantry to suck out odors and liven up the smell.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is full of many uses you’d never think of. Put away the Pledge and grab the strong arm!

  • Use baking soda to suck out odors and stains from your carpet. Simply spread baking soda liberally all over your carpet, the more the better, and let it sit overnight. In the morning use a vacuum to pick up the baking soda (be sure to check the vacuum bag or container frequently because it will fill up fast). You’ll be walking on a carpet like new again and don’t have to worry about all those stain removers. You can also use this on the upholstery in your car.
  • Use baking soda just like the coffee ground. Throw some in a container and put it in your fridge or dump sum into your garbage container to neutralize and get rid of odors.
  • Probably the most amazing use of baking soda, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 2 cups of water to make an all-purpose cleaner. You can use this on all the surfaces in your kitchen, in the refrigerator, and in your bathroom.


Vinegar is another natural source you can use in various way to clean up around the office or your house.

  • Like the first two, you can soak a piece of bread in vinegar thirty minutes and leave that in the base of your trash can to get rid of built up odors
  • Boil 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar in your microwave to get rid odors (do this after you’ve scrubbed it with the baking soda solution!). You can also do this on your stove top, just simmer a ½ cup of vinegar on your stove top to get rid of common kitchen odors.
  • Use vinegar to finish of the countertops and floor in your kitchen. This will not only keep it clean but also help to keep bugs away.
  • You’ll still need to polish your furniture. Use the ratio of five drops of essential lemon oil and a quarter cup of vinegar to create an furniture polish for everthing in your office.Eco-friendly cleaning tips

Lemon and Citrus Rinds

The scent of Lemon helps to cultivate a healthy mind. Go out and buy yourself some citrusy foods: oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, or whatever you local produce supplier has, and enjoy their delicious flavors while using the rinds or leftovers in a few ways.

  • Through your citrus rinds down your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and odor free. Pour some hot water down the disposal and turn it on to really get the good smells activated.
  • Cut lemons in half and set them around your house: behind picture frames or inside a vase (somewhere you will remember). This will keep the air around smelling fresh and lemony.

These are just a few of the vast array of techniques we can use to start turning our world around into a greener and happier place to live. Spread the word about these tips and the bad use of chemical cleaners that can potentially harm us.

Jeremy is a writer at the McMinn Law Firm in Austin, Texas. He’s keen on finding green tips to help the office stay healthy and happy. 

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