Thursday, September 20, 2007

Green Cleaning

Avoid unnecessary chemicals and bring green into your home.

It's not hard and you'll save a ton of money while you are saving the planet.

All you need to keep a clean, green home is:
dishwasher detergent (dry type)
vinegar (the cheaper the better)
rubbing alcohol
baking soda
plain liquid soap (like Murphy's Oil Soap-optional)


1. Dishwasher detergent -my favorite overall cleaning product.
Rinses clean, prevent spots and safe around food.

Use dry like cleaner for sinks, shower stalls, tubs etc. It rinses clean and doesn't scratch. Rinse showers well to prevent slipping.

Pour 1/4 cup into toilets and swish with a brush - clean seat and lid, too. Flush and rinse seat then pour 2 tablespoons into bowl to freshen bowl. Swish again but do not flush until the next time the toilet is used.

Rub a bit of dry dishwasher detergent into coffee or tea stained cups. Do not rinse. Run through regular dishwasher cycle.


2. Vinegar
Vinegar is a general, all purpose grease cutter. Usually, white vinegar by the gallon is the cheapest. It's safe for animals, children and pets.

Floors, cleaning the refrigerator and general all purpose cleaning: Fill a jug 1/4 full with vinegar. Fill jug with tap water. No rinsing required.

Windows: Fill a jug 1/2 full with vinegar. Fill jug with tap water. Using a cloth or sponge to clean windows. Dry windows with crumpled, black and white newspapers. Do not use colored pages.

Laundry: Pour 1/2 cup straight vinegar into the last rinse cycle instead of fabric softener. It removes residual soap and naturally softens clothes and towels without leaving a smell. If your 100% cotton towels no longer absorb like they should they have a build up of laundry detergent and/or fabric softener. The next time you wash them, substitute 2 cups vinegar for your usual laundry detergent and omit the fabric softener. Every 2 to 3 months (or as needed) repeat the vinegar wash. Towels that contain polyester, by the way, will not absorb well no matter what you do.

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