GREEN SPRING SPRUCE UP!
In the days before central heating, when the fireplace heated the home, “Spring Cleaning” came into being as a way to wipe away the soot and debris that accumulated during the winter months.
Today, however, while most people may clean on an as needed basis, many still enjoy the total refresh a thorough cleaning affords.
BUYER BEWARE – READ THE LABEL
Did you know that research indicates that many common household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other dangerous conditions?
VERIFY WHAT’S TOXIC AND WHAT’S NOT
When you’re shopping for cleaners be sure to verify product ingredients as well as eco-friendly label claims with EWG’s Healthy Cleaning Guide, click here.
If you’re up for a little online fun, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with an interactive experience where you’re asked to identify hazardous household products, click here. The site also presents a host of “Safer Choice” product alternatives, click here.
While Eco-Friendly cleaner brands such as Seventh Generation, Method, and Biokleen, are available in most stores, there are many cost-effective DIY alternatives!
DIY GREEN CLEANERS
If you checked your cabinets and closets, you probably have many of these green cleaning ingredients. Check out these easy recipes below courtesy of EarthShare.org
Do-It-Yourself Green Cleaners
- Drain Cleaner: Pour a half-cup of baking soda down the sink and add at least a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and wait a few minutes, then rinse with a mixture of boiling water and salt.
- Window Cleaner: Mix two ounces of vinegar with a quart of water in a spray bottle.
- Silver Polish: Put a sheet of aluminum foil into a plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda and fill the bowl with warm water. Soak your silver in the bowl and tarnish migrates to the foil. Dry and buff.
- Brass Cleaner: Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and rub the lemon on the metal. Buff with a cloth.
- Rust Remover: Use vinegar to remove rust on nuts and bolts and other mineral deposits such as calcium deposits.
Here are more Eco-Friendly Recipes and ideas from EarthEasy.com
ADDITIONAL GREEN CLEANING TIPS
- Remeber to use reusable cloths (old towels, cloth napkins, clothing, or sheets) instead of paper towels or mop pads that you throw away after one use.
- Carefully follow the instructions on the cleaner’s label and don’t use more than the recommended amount.
-Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV