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Some Green Cleaning Ideas:

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Recipe for an all purpose cleaner I have started to use:

All purpose cleaner = 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. baking soda and 1/2 gallon water. Mix and store in a spray bottle for cleaning.  I have also been using some essential oils in this to give it a nicer smell and also lavender makes a good disinfectant aspect!

Other Green Cleaning tips.

  • baking soda: dissolves dirt and grease in water; abrasive, so good for surfaces; neutralises acids and bases, so removes odours too.
  • washing soda: can only just be called non-toxic because of its high pH; use for very very stubborn stains (eg engine oil).
  • white (distilled) vinegar and lemon juice: nature’s acidic grease cutters.
  • hydrogen peroxide: (3% conc. from chemists) a natural disinfectant produced by the human body and by the action of sunlight on water.
  • borax: mineral (sodium, boron, oxygen and water), formed when salt lakes evaporate. very low toxicity, yet an effecitive fungicide and anti-bacterial cleaning and bleaching agent.
  • cream of tartar: a natural leftover when grape juice is fermented into wine.

Use Lemon to:

  • Sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice of lemon over the surface to disinfect.
  • Remove tough food stains from plastic and light-colored wooden cutting boards. Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.
  • Fade tea stains on cloth. Dilute lemon juice with an equal amount of water. Use an eyedropper or a Q-tip to make sure the juice targets the stain. Thoroughly flush with cool water.
  • Shine the interior of copper cookware. Sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub.
  • Brighten laundry whites. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the wash cycle of a normal-size load.
  • Remove soft cheese or other sticky foods from a grater. Rub both sides of the grater with the pulp side of a cut lemon.

Use Vinegar to:

  • Remove coffee or tea stains from the bottom of a cup. Swish 2 tablespoons of vinegar around in the cup, then wash as usual.
  • Make wool sweaters fluffier. Drop in a couple of capfuls of vinegar during the rinse cycle for an extra-soft feel.
  • Clean a teakettle or a coffeemaker. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in a teakettle, then wipe away the grime. Fill the reservoir of a coffeemaker with a mixture of vinegar and water and run it through a brewing cycle. Follow this with several cycles of water to rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean a dishwasher. Once a month, with the machine empty, run a cup of vinegar through an entire cycle to reduce soap buildup on the inner mechanisms and glassware.
  • Remove stubborn price tags or stickers. Paint them with several coats of vinegar, let the liquid soak in for five minutes, then wipe away the residue.
  • Kill weeds between cracks in paving stones and sidewalks. Fill a spray bottle with straight vinegar and spray multiple times. (Be careful not to get any on the surrounding grass, as it will kill that too.)

Use Olive Oil to:

  • Shine stainless steel. Many cleaning standbys, such as ammonia, can dull and even corrode chrome and stainless steel. Olive oil, however, is a safe and effective shining agent
  • Dust wooden furniture. Apply a bit of oil to a cloth and wipe.
  • Silence squeaky doors. Lubricate hinges by applying a small dab to a cloth, then wiping the top of the hinges so that the oil runs down the sides.

Use Baking soda for:

  • Erase crayon, pencil, ink, and furniture scuffs from painted surfaces. Sprinkle soda on a damp sponge, rub clean, and rinse.
  • Unclog a drain. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it. Let sit for five minutes (covered, if possible). Follow with a gallon of boiling water.
  • Remove tough stains from enameled cast iron and stainless steel. Scrub enameled cast iron with a soft nylon brush and a thick paste of baking soda and water. Clean stainless steel with a soft cloth and 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of water. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  • Scrub pans. Sprinkle soda on crusted casseroles and roasting pans and let sit for five minutes. Lightly scrub and rinse.

Some Other Recommended Cleaning recipes:

Carpet freshner-6 c. baking soda, 1 c. finely ground herbs, 10 drops of matching essential oil. Mix and store in an airtight container. Sprinkle on carpet before vacuuming.

Bathroom mold cleaner- 1 part peroxide to 2 parts water. Spray on surface. Leave at least 1 hour then rinse off.Carpet cleaner- equal parts of white vinegar and water. Spray on and let sit then wipe up with a soapy cloth.

Carpet cleaner #2- 1/4 c. salt, 1/4 c. borax, 1/4 c. vinegar. Make a paste to rub into carpet then vacuum after a few hours.

Disinfectant- 1 c. baking soda, 1/2 c. salt, 10-12 drops tea tree oil, water. Mix baking soda, salt and water to make a paste. Then add the tea tree oil. Apply with a brush or washcloth and rinse thoroughly.

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