May 26, 2010

Squeaky Clean, the Earth-Friendly Way!

It seems that it's always time to clean again.  And the only time I'm in the mood to clean is when it is time to leave the house to go to work! Of course, by the time I'm back home again, the mood has passed.

And then there's the woman who, every time she felt like cleaning,  went to lie down for awhile until that feeling passed.  That sounds like me, too!

Many of the products we use to keep our homes fresh and clean are made with harmful chemicals.

So make your own safe, natural cleaners.  Follow the recipes below to keep your home squeaky clean--the earth-friendly way.  They come from the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE) and published in 1998--long before it was popular to go green!  (photo, Carla F. Castagno,

Shine-On Window Cleaner
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
Mix the ingredients and pour them into a clean spray bottle.  Shake well before using.

Friendly Flush
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup borax
toilet brush
Pour the baking soda into the toilet bowl.  Scrub  with the brush.  Next, add the borax.  Allow the mixture to sit for one hour.  Then give a quick scrub and flush!

Clog Buster
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice
Pour the baking soda into a clogged drain.  Then pour in the lemon juice.  Let it sit for 15 minutes.  Run hot water down the drain for ten seconds.

Smile Tile Cleaner
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup liquid hand soap
2 gallons warm water
Combine the ingredients in a bucket.  Spread the mixture over tiles with a sponge. Then scrub away!

Magic Furniture Polish
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Put the ingredients in a clean jar with a tight lid.  Shake well.  Rub on furniture with a clean rag.

Save the world, one project at a time.

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