Sunday, December 17

Top 10 Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Formulations

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1. Abrasive cleaner. Mix vinegar and salt for a surface cleaner.  It does the tough jobs!

2. All-purpose spot remover. Dissolve ¼ cup borax in 2 cups cold water.  Sponge on stains, let dry and then wash with soap and water.  Works on blood, chocolate, coffee, mildew, mud and pet urine stains.

3. Chrome and stainless steel polish.  Use full strength vinegar and polish the item with a clean cloth.  Rubbing alcohol works extremely well also.

4. Car windshield cleaner. In a spray bottle, mix together 2 cups water, ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup rubbing alcohol.  A must-have in winter!

5. Disinfectant.  Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) is water with an extra oxygen molecule (H202) and will get rid of 99.9% of germs, e.g. it will kill salmonella and other bacteria on cutting boards.  Use a clean, damp sponge to wipe down surfaces, and then rinse with water.

6. Furniture Polish. Combine 2 parts lemon juice with 1 part olive oil in a spray bottle.

7. Grease stains.  For stains in your driveway or garage, soak some cat litter or sawdust with a bit of paint thinner.  Cover the stain and let sit for about 6 hours and then sweep up.  For clothing, make a paste of water and cornstarch, rub, rinse and use a bit of dish soap if any grease remains.  Rinse again.

8. Vomit and pet urine ‘odor eliminator.’ The only thing that will get rid of the smell of vomit and urine is vinegar—repeat, vinegar!  It neutralizes the acid in vomit and urine and will dissipate the smell.  Get rid of the stain with borax and soapy water.

9. Weed Killer. Boil 2 tbsp salt and 5 tbsp vinegar in 1 quart of water. Pour directly on the weeds while still hot, being careful to avoid lawn grass.   This works especially well in your driveway.

10. Window cleaner. In a spray bottle, mix together ¼ cup vinegar, ½ tsp liquid dish soap and 2 cups water.  Nothing does a better job than this!  An added tip:  Don’t wash exterior windows on sunny days because they’ll streak.


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