Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Clean Green

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Green Cleaning substances


  • Helps to remove stains, wax buildup and mildew.
  • Use to clean windows, fireplaces, grout, paintbrushes, glass and coffeepots.
  • Pure Soap

  • Helps to clean almost everything
  • Use to clean your dishes, car, kids bikes.
  • Baking Soda

  • Helps to clean and deodorize, will act as a scouring agent, polisher, stain removal and fabric softener.
  • Use to clean your plastic, vinyl, carpet, silver, stainless steel, drains and refresh your fridge.
  • Borax

  • Helps to clean and deodorize.
  • Use on wallpaper, painted walls and floors. Use it with your detergents to remove stains, and boost the cleaning power.
  • Washing Soda

  • Helps to clean clothing and soften the water.
  • Use it in a well ventalated area, wear gloves. Washing soda is moderately toxic.
  • Ammonia

  • Strong cleanser
  • Use it to clean carpet, linoleum, most appliances, copper and enamal. ALWAYS USE IN A WELL VENTALATED AREA AND NEVER MIX WITH CHLORINE BLEACH, THE MIXTURE WILL CREATE A POISONOUR GAS.

  • Window and Glass Cleaner

    While there is nothing unique about this recipe... it works!
    Newspaper, Vinegar and Elbow grease!

    All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • 1/3 cup washing soda
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Combine and use to clean your floors, tiles and painted walls. This will also deodorize so you will not have a need to use harmful deodorizes in your home!
  • Disinfectant

    If you use environmentally cleansers regularily you will find they keep the air clean. Store bought cans etc.. contain many harmful ingredients.. and are costly.


    One part vinegar with two parts water is all you need to clean your kettle and iron.
  • Kettle - pour into the kettle bring to a boil, rinse well.
  • Iron - Put some in the reservoir, let it stand for 30 minutes, rinse well.
  • Tub & Tile Cleaner

    Baking soda and a damp cloth will clean your tub and tiles. You may need to use a brush to get into the grout but this will do the job without an environmental hazzards.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    Mix borax and lemon juice into a paste. wet the sides of the toilet bowl, rub and let stand for a few hours. Scrub off and flush! (if you don't have stains you can let stand for less time)


    As Simply As We Can said...

    I know it sounds weird, but toothpaste makes an excellent scrubbing agent for tennis shoes. Just wet a rag, put a little toothpaste on it and use that to scrub tennis shoes. It makes them look brand new.

    Kristi said...

    I use a vinegar/water solution for my all purpose cleaner. Vinegar does have anti-bacterial properties but adding some essential oil (like lemon or tea tree) makes it anti-bacterial and smell a whole lot better. A long time ago I found an article called 50 uses for vinegar, or something like that. It is truly amazing the many ways you can clean with a product...and you never have to fear for your children getting in to it!

    Also, a pumice stone works really well on stains in the toilet. Pumice is all natural and really hard, harder than the buildup on your toilet. However, it is softer than the enamel your toilet is made out of so it won't scratch it! (As always, test it and use carefully...just common sense)

    Mrs. Dewey Smith said...

    Great ideas, thanks. And D, I didn't know that toothpaste was a good cleaner for tennis shoes :o) Girl, I believe you have a little too much free time in your day to know something like that :P



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