Part 4: Green Cleaning Mastery - Securing a Sustainable Future

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Karen Williams

As we conclude our enlightening series on green cleaning, let’s take a moment to reflect on our journey together.

From uncovering the harmful impacts of conventional cleaning products to mastering the art of making our own eco-friendly alternatives, this series has been a transformative path towards healthier homes and a healthier planet. Thank you for joining me in making a difference in our lives. It’s the simple things that add up to make a difference in our health and the planet!

Here are the links for the series:
1. Part 1: The Importance of Using Natural Cleaning Products: My Story
2. Part 2: 8 Essential Oils to Make Your Own Natural Cleaners
3. Part 3: Hands-On Green Cleaning - Simple Recipes to Detoxify Your Home

Advanced Green Cleaning Techniques

As we enhance our repertoire of green cleaning techniques, let's not overlook an essential kitchen component: the garbage disposal. Maintaining this appliance is crucial not only for kitchen hygiene but also for preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi, which are particularly problematic if you're battling a bacterial or fungal issue in your home.

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Spotless

Garbage disposals can be a hidden source of kitchen odors and microbial growth. Here’s an effective, natural method to ensure your disposal remains clean and functional.

This garbage disposal cleaning blend utilizes a combination of baking soda, lemon and tea tree essential oils, white vinegar, ice, and fresh lemon to effectively clean and deodorize your disposal. Baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive that also neutralizes bad odors, while the lemon and tea tree essential oils provide natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, ensuring a thorough clean. White vinegar enhances the cleaning power through its natural disinfectant qualities, reacting with baking soda to create an effervescent cleaning action. Ice helps to sharpen the disposal blades and dislodge food particles, and fresh lemon adds a burst of citrus freshness while contributing additional cleaning power through its citric acid.

Recipe: Ice, Baking Soda, and Essential Oils Garbage Disposal Cleaning Blend:

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup (224 grams) Baking Soda

  • 30 drops Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon)

  • 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

  • 1 cup (240 ml) White Vinegar

  • Ice Cubes: Enough to fill the disposal

  • Fresh Lemon: (Optional) 1 whole lemon, quartered


1. Fill the garbage disposal with ice cubes to the top.

2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the baking soda over the ice cubes.

3. Add lemon and tea tree essential oils directly to the baking soda on the ice.

4. Place the quartered lemon pieces on top of the ice.

5. Run the garbage disposal and slowly pour in the white vinegar. The combination of ice and vinegar will clean the blades, while the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will create a fizzing action that helps lift grime and sanitize the unit.

6. Let the disposal run until the ice is chopped and the mixture has circulated thoroughly.

This blend not only ensures that your garbage disposal is clean and smelling fresh but also leverages the natural cleaning powers of simple, eco-friendly ingredients.

Final Step for Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

After using the baking soda, essential oils, and vinegar blend to cleanse and deodorize your garbage disposal, don't forget the crucial last step: cleaning the black rubber splash guard. Take an old toothbrush and the "Sink and Tub Scrub" we created in Part 3 of our blog series. Apply a small amount of the scrub to the toothbrush, and meticulously clean both the top and underneath sides of the black flap. This part of the disposal tends to accumulate a lot of grime and food particles, so giving it a good scrub will ensure your disposal is completely clean and free from any lingering odors or bacteria.

This additional step ensures a thorough clean, addressing often-neglected areas that can harbor residual grime and contribute to unpleasant smells.

Sustainable Living Beyond Cleaning

Green cleaning is just the beginning. Let's carry these principles into all aspects of our lives. Consider implementing waste reduction by opting for refillable cleaning product containers, or conserve water by using efficient washing methods. Each small change contributes to a larger impact, reducing our ecological footprint and promoting a sustainable future.

Community and Advocacy

The power of change grows exponentially when shared. I encourage you to advocate for green cleaning within your community by sharing with your friends or even sharing your new knowledge on social media. Together, we can spread the word and make eco-friendly living the norm, not the exception.

The Future is Now: Embracing Simplicity in Green Cleaning

As we embrace the future of green cleaning, it's essential to recognize that the time to act is now. With simple, accessible technologies and methods at our fingertips, we have all the tools we need to create healthier, cleaner living spaces while protecting our cherished planet.

Our Collective Love for the Planet

Our love for the planet drives our commitment to sustainability. We all understand the urgency of making environmental changes—not tomorrow, but today. Green cleaning is more than just a trend; it’s a practical response to our global need for environmental stewardship. It reflects our collective effort to reduce pollution, conserve resources, and safeguard our ecosystems for future generations.

Simplicity and Sustainability

Green cleaning thrives on simplicity. Utilizing common household ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon not only simplifies our cleaning routines but also significantly reduces the environmental impact of our daily practices. These simple solutions are powerful tools that can achieve profound environmental benefits.

Current Innovations Enhancing Green Cleaning

While basic methods are fundamental, current innovations continue to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of green cleaning. Technologies such as microfiber cloths that clean more effectively while using less water, and even store-bought plant-based cleaning agents that offer greater biodegradability, demonstrate that sustainable practices can be both practical and innovative.

Take One Small Step

Remember, every small step counts. By choosing to implement even one green cleaning practice, you are moving in the right direction toward a more sustainable future. Whether it's replacing one chemical cleaner with a natural alternative or sharing what you've learned about green cleaning with a friend, these actions add up to significant environmental change.

The future of green cleaning isn’t a distant dream—it's already here, and it starts with us. By embracing these simple, effective strategies today, we make a lasting impact on our planet and pave the way for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

Call to Action

What’s one new practice you’ll commit to from this series? Whether it’s making a new DIY cleaner or teaching a friend about the benefits of green cleaning, let’s pledge to keep the momentum going. Your actions inspire and create waves of change.

My Personal Take Away

This series may be ending, but our journey towards a sustainable future continues. With each choice we make, we can support a healthier planet. Remember, every small action counts in our mission for a greener world. Keep exploring, stay curious, and never underestimate the power of a clean, eco-friendly home.

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About the author

Karen Williams - Aromahead Institute

Karen Williams

R.N. Certified Aromatherapist, Educator

I love to create amazing blends that inspire and promote a healthier lifestyle. I got my start many years ago as a registered nurse working in the hospital system. I wanted to help people more holistically. Then, I discovered essential oils, and my approach to life changed forever. Now, I’ve made it my mission to share what I’ve learned about aromatherapy with my friends, family, and the world. Because - life is so much better with health, happiness, and community.

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