sustainability Guide 2011 / DIY–Six Green Household Cleaners
For most household cleaning jobs there are greener options than the toxic chemicals we inadvertently resort to. By combining a few simple, non-toxic ingredients, we find that not only do they handle the job, often times, they’re better at it.
1. Baking soda: Use it as a scrub on kitchen counters, bathroom floors and anything for which you might have otherwise used a Comet-like powder. It doesn’t scratch and it’s non-toxic. Rinse with water or vinegar.
2. Vinegar: Removes stains, lime, and perfect as a mild green cleaner when mixed with warm water.
3. Lemons: Make this all-purpose green cleaner by mixing 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. vinegar, ½ tsp. dish soap, 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice and 2 cups hot water. Store in a recycled spray bottle.
4. Vegetable oil: Believe it or not, this common pantry item polishes wood floors beautifully. Mix the oil with equal parts vinegar and after polishing, buff with a soft cloth.
5. Newspaper: Reduce paper towels. When you’re cleaning your crystal or glass mirrors or tabletops, try an old newspaper. (no lint!)
6. Air Freshener: Forget Febreze, freshen the air in your house or car in three steps: combine 2 tbsp. baking soda with 2 cups hot water, stir until dissolved. Add fresh lemon juice or essential oils. Pour into a recycled bottle and spray away.