Mean & Green: The Fantastic Four Green Cleaners

Keeping your home clean and sanitary while also taking the environment into consideration can sometimes seem like a daunting task.

Let us tell you about the Fantastic Four– The worlds toughest green cleaners!

What you need

  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda


Glass and Mirrors

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • half gallon of water

Mix them together and watch your glass sparkle. Use a lint free rag or old t-shirt instead of paper towels to clean as well.


  • Pure lemon juice

Dip a cloth in straight lemon juice and watch the acid remove stains from vinyl items like furniture or tile floors

Furniture Polish

  • 2 parts olive oil
  • 1 part lemon juice

This is a very affective wood polish… and you can use the left overs for salad dressing!

Paint Odors

  • Pure vinegar

Leave small dishes of vinegar around the room when repainting a room. The vinegar absorbs the smell so you don’t have to be bothered by the odor. Change the vinegar each day


  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon

Mix salt and vinegar and add one more ingredient from your kitchen cupboard: flour. Make a paste using equal parts of the three ingredients; rub the paste onto the brass or copper item with a soft cloth. Cover the entire surface and let the whole thing dry out (this will take about an hour). Wipe off the dried paste with a clean, soft cloth.

Lemon can also be used for lightly tarnished brass or copper pieces. Slice one lemon and dip it in salt, then rub the item with the salted lemon. Afterward, rinse and dry thoroughly.

Another fix for lightly tarnished copper is to use a spray bottle filled with undiluted vinegar. Just spray the copper piece and sprinkle the tarnished area with salt. Wipe thoroughly with a sponge or cotton cloth; be sure to remove all the salt, or the item will turn green. Repeat if necessary.


  • Water
  • Vinegar

A basic water and vinegar solution is great for cleaning most types of bare floors. Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon warm water (must be warm) and mop it onto ceramic tile, linoleum, or wood floors. There is no need to rinse after– saving both time and water.

Melanie Lovejoy
College Works Painting

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