Sunday, August 17, 2008

Eco-Friendly Cleaners

It scrubs. It deodorizes. It's non-toxic. It's cheap.

Need I say more?

I'm talking about the wonder-all cleaners ... baking soda & vinegar.

It's really easy to clean green, and here are two simple recipes I use to make my own cleaners at home.

Baking Soda Scrub
Mix the following in a plastic bowl:
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup of Water

Can be used for ... scrubbing outdoor grills, lawn furniture, bath tubs, sinks, bath fixtures. After I clean my kitchen sink, I usually pour a little more baking soda and then a cup of vinegar down the drain. It bubbles up like a 3rd grade volcano science project and gently cleans out and deodorizes your drain.

Vinegar Surface Cleaner
Use a funnel to add the following to
a 32 oz. spray bottle
and shake before use:
1 Cup of Vinegar
3 Cups Water
20 Drops of Lemon Oil

Can be used for ... getting rid of soap scum, cleaning mirrors, windows, glass, chrome bath fixtures, and anything else you would want to shine up. The scent of vinegar dissipates while the lemon kind of lingers. Since the ingredients are edible, it's safe to use on dining surfaces. The great benefit to mirrors is vinegar will not cause the same corrosion that ammonia based cleaners will.

These two simple recipes show you how easy it is to clean "green" for less than $5 total, plus the added fun of a science/chemistry craft project in your kitchen.

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