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"Green" Spring Cleaning

The Spring is finally here... and we all know what that means... Spring Cleaning. If you don't already, you may want to give "Green" cleaning a try. There are many recipes for environmentally safe cleaning, here we provide just a few of the recipes community members have used to keep their homes clean and green! If you would like to learn more about these products and combinations before using them we suggest you visit your local library or do a search on the internet looking for environmental sites and books.

Green Cleaning Substances
Window and Glass Cleaner | All Purpose Cleaner
Disinfectant | Descaler | Tub & Tile Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner| Drain Opener


Green Cleaning substances

Vinegar

  • Helps to remove stains, wax buildup and mildew.
  • Use to clean windows, fireplaces, grout, paintbrushes, glass and coffeepots.
  • Pure Soap

  • Helps to clean almost everything
  • Use to clean your dishes, car, kids bikes.
  • Baking Soda

  • Helps to clean and deodorize, will act as a scouring agent, polisher, stain removal and fabric softener.
  • Use to clean your plastic, vinyl, carpet, silver, stainless steel, drains and refresh your fridge.
  • Borax

  • Helps to clean and deodorize.
  • Use on wallpaper, painted walls and floors. Use it with your detergents to remove stains, and boost the cleaning power.
  • Washing Soda

  • Helps to clean clothing and soften the water.
  • Use it in a well ventalated area, wear gloves. Washing soda is moderately toxic.
  • Ammonia

  • Strong cleanser
  • Use it to clean carpet, linoleum, most appliances, copper and enamal. ALWAYS USE IN A WELL VENTALATED AREA AND NEVER MIX WITH CHLORINE BLEACH, THE MIXTURE WILL CREATE A POISONOUR GAS.

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    Window and Glass Cleaner

    While there is nothing unique about this recipe... it works!
    Newspaper, Vinegar and Elbow grease!

    All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • 1/3 cup washing soda
  • 1 gallon warm water

  • Combine and use to clean your floors, tiles and painted walls. This will also deodorize so you will not have a need to use harmful deodorizes in your home!
  • Disinfectant

    If you use environmentally cleansers regularily you will find they keep the air clean. Store bought cans etc.. contain many harmful ingredients.. and are costly.

    Descaler

    One part vinegar with two parts water is all you need to clean your kettle and iron.
  • Kettle - pour into the kettle bring to a boil, rinse well.
  • Iron - Put some in the resevoir, let it stand for 30 minutes, rinse well.
  • Tub & Tile Cleaner

    Baking soda and a damp cloth will clean your tub and tiles. You may need to use a brush to get into the grout but this will do the job without an environmental hazzards.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    Mix borax and lemon juice into a paste. wet the sides of the toilet bowl, rub and let stand for a few hours. Scrub off and flush! (if you don't have stains you can let stand for less time)

    Drain Opener

    A plunger will usually do the trick.. if not try this recipe
  • 250ml baking soda
  • 250ml salt
  • 125ml vinegar(white)
  • pot of boiling water (kettle if you have one)

  • Pour the soda, salt and vinegar down the drain, leave for 15-20 minutes. Pour in the boiling water.



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