with permission from Canadian Parents Online
are many recipes for environmentally safe cleaning, here we provide
just a few of the recipes community members have used to keep
their homes clean and green! If you would like to learn more about
these products and combinations before using them we suggest you
visit your local library or do a search on the internet looking
for environmental sites and books.
to remove stains, wax buildup and mildew.
to clean windows, fireplaces, grout, paintbrushes, glass and coffeepots.
to clean almost everything
to clean your dishes, car, kids bikes.
to clean and deodorize, will act as a scouring agent, polisher,
stain removal and fabric softener.
to clean your plastic, vinyl, carpet, silver, stainless steel,
drains and refresh your fridge.
to clean and deodorize.
on wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
it with your detergents to remove stains, and boost the cleaning
to clean clothing and soften the water.
it in a well ventalated area, wear gloves.
soda is moderately toxic.
Use it to clean carpet, linoleum, most appliances, copper and
USE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND NEVER MIX WITH CHLORINE BLEACH,
THE MIXTURE WILL CREATE A POISONOUS GAS.
and Glass Cleaner
there is nothing unique about this recipe... it works!
Newspaper, Vinegar and Elbow grease!
ml washing soda
L warm water
and use to clean your floors, tiles and painted walls.
This will also deodorise so you will not have a need to use harmful
deodorisers in your home!
you use environmentally-friendly cleansers regularily you will
find they keep the air clean.
Store bought cans etc.. contain many harmful ingredients.. and
part vinegar with two parts water is all you need to clean your
kettle and iron.
- pour into the kettle bring to a boil, rinse well.
- Put some in the resevoir, let it stand for 30 minutes, rinse
& Tile Cleaner
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 hazards.
borax and lemon juice into a paste.
Wet the sides of the toilet bowl, rub and let stand for a few
Scrub off and flush! (if you don't have stains you can let stand
for less time)
are many "green" recipes for oven cleaners. Since most call for
the use of Ammonia we suggest you contact your local environmental
office for ideas. Toxic fumes with young children do not mix.
Don't be fooled by the commercial brands saying "no fumes." What
you can't smell can be as harmful as what you can smell.
plunger will usually do the trick.. if not try this recipe
of boiling water (kettle if you have one)
the soda, salt and vinegar down the drain, leave for 15-20 minutes.
Pour on boiling water.