Anyone have any cool, cheap, green cleaning products substitutes. I know the old vinegar and water trick for windows. What about a bleach substitute, or green way of unclogging a sink? What about other cleaning places - like the bathroom floor, or counter tops. I like buying the green products, but 1) they're expensive and 2) I'm not convinced that they're not just "greenwashed" by some corporation. Also you still end up buying the container and throwing it away or recycling it.
Yes! Let’s look at some of the properties of two ingredients found in most of our recipes: vinegar and baking soda.
Vinegar deodorizes; dissolves mineral deposits and grease; removes soap traces, mildew and wax build up; polishes brass, chrome, copper, pewter and stainless steel; cleans brick and stone; removes decals and stickers; and removes water spots on leather.
Baking soda neutralizes acid; scrubs shiny materials without scratching; deodorizes refrigerators, carpets, upholstery, vinyl and drains; extinguishes grease fires; and cleans and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel and tin. http://www.womenandenvironment.org
Did you know that the lemon-fresh smell or pine forest scent in your favorite cleaner may be linked to serious health impacts?
How Can We Avoid Harmful Fragrance Chemicals? By reducing exposure to fragrance chemicals, we can lessen health impacts and lower the levels of these chemicals in our bodies. However, most information about cleaning product ingredients, and fragrance ingredients in particular, is kept secret from consumers, making it difficult to tell which products are better than others. There is currently no legal requirement for cleaning product companies to disclose their ingredients. While some manufacturers voluntarily disclose some cleaning product ingredients, very few are listing fragrance ingredients. This means that even if ingredients are disclosed for a cleaning product, the word “fragrance” may appear, but the individual chemicals which make up that fragrance will not be listed.
RUG CLEANING I'm wondering if anyone knows of green cleaning solutions that can go in my rug shampooer/ steam cleaner. I afraid to use oils as they might make the rug sticky, can I just use backing soda water? If so how much do I put in
Anonymous wrote:Last year we had meal moths every where thanks to bulk rice.
I threw out all the infested food & cleaned the cabinets with soap & water & then wiped it out with essential peppermint oil.
This seemed to help but it made some things in my cupboard minty tasting.
Is there some other cleaning substance I can use to repel moths that will not repel me?
What works best for us against moths and also mice is to just store almost everything in glass jars. We purchase those glass iced tea jars at thrift stores or after summer on clearance for around a dollar or two, and transfer things like rice, dried beans and GF flour mix into those. We also pick up big jars from the recycling drop-off. I use quart mason jars for smaller quantities and snap-top plastic cereal containers for cereal.
The jars also help manage bulk items nicely. We keep the large jars downstairs in the basement and then smaller amounts up in the kitchen. The jars look nice on shelves too and you can see all of your inventory at a glance.