Green Cleaning Information
For a Healthier Home & Cleaner Environment
The ingredients you keep in your cupboards can do more than just help you bake cakes and make salad dressing. Baking soda, salt, vinegar and other common household products can provide alternatives to the toxic household cleaners we sometimes use. If you want to minimize these chemicals in your home, check out the following recipes, information and links. The list is not all-inclusive. Inclusion on this list does not represent endorsement of these services.
Cleaning Tips and Information
Why Clean Green? The most compelling reason to use green cleaners is to keep potent toxins out of your home
and our environment. Many commercial cleaners contain substances that are toxic and can be harmful to us and our environment. Improper disposal of these products can also be harmful. Make your home and our planet a safer and greener one by using these and other natural cleaning recipes. The recipes are usually very easy to make, cost much less than commercial products and don’t pollute indoor air. Happy Cleaning! Air Fresheners & Deodorizers Commercial air fresheners can also be harmful to use. Try some of these natural alternatives:
- Place cloves, cinnamon, allspice or other favorite scented spice into a pot of water. Simmer for 1-2 hours.
- Place leftover orange or lemon slices into a pot of water and simmer as above, for 1-2 hours.
- Place baking soda in open container. You may use any container you like. Use not only in the refrigerator, but also in closets and other small enclosed spaces to absorb odors.
- Pour vanilla extra into a bowl and set out of the way for a natural air freshener.
- Add lemon juice and baking soda to 2 cups hot water and pour into spray bottle. Spray into air to freshen.
When purchasing new clothing, try to limit the amount of clothing that requires dry-cleaning. If you do have items that need to be dry-cleaned, however, try to locate an eco-friendly dry cleaner near you that uses non-toxic techniques such as wet cleaning or carbon dioxide systems
A Few Green Cleaning Recipes . . .
Ingredients: Baking Soda, White Vinegar, Boiling Water
"This recipe will free minor clogs and help to prevent future ones. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain first,
then 1/2 cup vinegar. Let it fizz for about 10-15 minutes. Then pour a teakettle full of boiling water down afterward. Repeat if needed. Use drain screens to help prevent clogging."
Mirror and Glass Cleaner
Ingredients: Vinegar, Water
"Pour 1/4 cup vinegar into a standard spray bottle. Fill to the top with water. Approximately 1 part vinegar to 4
parts water. Spray onto surface and wipe with a lint-free rag or washable, reusable cheese cloth."
If you buy products from the store, look at the ingredients and use brands that are eco-friendly -- buy products that are non-toxic and fragrance-free.
The Five Basics for Non Toxic Cleaning