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Cleaning Green


Check out this statistic from the Chicago Tribune: “If each household in Chicago switched to cleaning products that contain low levels of volatile organic compounds, it would remove as many hydrocarbons as taking 28,793 cars off the road.”

Wow. It’s the type of stat that makes you want to start using these type of cleaning products, isn’t it? Lucky for us, the same story, written by Julie Deardorff, provides some natural household cleaning tips. Among the claimed benefits of the products listed are less air pollution and no skin irritation. Try these items for cleaning around your house:

  • White vinegar: use for cleaning windows, counter tops, chrome, greasy surfaces and floors; cuts greasy residue
  • Baking soda: can be placed in small bowls around the home to absorb odors, and can be used to clean sinks or for laundry
  • Salt: sprinkle on pots or pans to loosen stuck-on food: add cool water, leave for one hour and then wipe clean
  • Vegetable oil: two parts of any vegetable oil and one part lemon juice makes for a nifty furniture polish mixture

These natural cleaning supplies are environmentally conscious, healthy, practical and can save you money. And here’s a recipe for the almighty, all-purpose cleaner:

  • 4 teaspoons Borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Put it a spray bottle and go

Happy green cleaning!