Clean “Green” this St. Patrick’s Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is day many people wear an item of green clothing, restaurants feature food that is dyed with green food coloring, and maybe this year you’ll find that rare green four leaf clover which is thought to bring good luck!

This year why not start a new tradition with ‘green’ cleaning for your home?  Green cleaning is easy, economical and safe for the environment.  Here are some green furniture cleaning tips to help get you started!

Wood Furniture: Keep your wood furniture looking it’s best with a simple polish mixture of 1 cup olive oil and and a 1/4 cup white vinegar.  Pour into a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto a soft cotton cloth and polish the furniture.  (Be sure to always test a small hidden area first.)

Upholstery: Check for color fastness first by testing a small hidden area, let it dry and if you like the results begin cleaning the rest of your furniture.  For small stains use white vinegar, sponge onto the stain, blot with a clean, white cloth.  Repeat until the stain is gone.  Regularly vacuum and brush the upholstery to keep it free from dirt and hair.  Use equal parts water and liquid detergent (not laundry!).  Whip with a hand mixer until frothy.  Use the foam from the mixture with a soft brush or cloth for an all over upholstery cleaner.

Leather Furniture:  Make sure there are no surprising discolorations by testing on a hidden area first.  In a spray bottle mix a 2 to 1 ratio of Neat’s Foot Oil and vinegar (for example 1 cup oil to 1/2 cup vinegar).  Spray onto a lint free cloth, do not spray directly onto leather.  Rub into the leather with circular motions, leave on for 12 hours, buff off with clean, lint free cloth.  This will leave your leather clean and supple.

Glass: Simply poor equal parts warm water and vinegar into a spray bottle.  Spray the glass and wipe clean with a soft cotton cloth.

Have a happy GREEN St. Patrick’s Day!

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