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Green Cleaning

MelaleucaAs we’re learning how to live more “greener” lives, taking a look at how we clean tops the list of things we can do to minimize our exposure to harsh and dangerous chemicals. Below are two homemade cleaning solutions for every day surfaces that are easy to make and do the job well! 

Glass Cleaner

Steep 9 black tea bags in 1 3/4 cup of boiling water. When the solution has cooled completely, remove the tea bags and place the liquid into a spray bottle. Bonus points for using glass spray bottles, as they do not release harmful chemicals present in many types of plastic! Use the solution just as you would Windex or other glass cleaner. The tannins in black tea dissolve grease and dirt and will not stain surfaces. Enjoy the herbal scent!

Toilet Cleaner

To get a spic and span lavatory, combine 1 c. distilled vinegar and 1/2 tsp. of melaleuca (tee tree oil) in a spray bottle. Spray solution into the toilet, making sure to cover all surfaces and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl and scrub with a brush. Flush and voilà! * You can find Melaleuca essential oil in our retail area and start your green cleaning today!