Green Cleaning -- More Recipes
Another green living practice that reduces our dependency on petrochemicals: make your own non- or less-toxic solvent. Source: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
All-Purpose Cleaner I
4 tablespoons baking soda 1 quart warm water Dissolve baking soda in warm water. Apply with a sponge. Rinse with clear water. All-Purpose Cleaner II Apply baking soda to a damp sponge. Rinse with clear water. All-Purpose Cleaner III 1 tablespoon ammonia 1 tablespoon liquid detergent 1 pint water (2 cups) Mix ingredients and put in spray bottle. Spray on surface. Wipe. Rinse with clear water. Ammonia is a toxic ingredient. Handle it with care and store it safely.
1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup white vinegar Boiling water Pour baking soda down the drain. Add white vinegar and cover the drain, if possible. Let set for 5 minutes. Then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain. (The vinegar and baking soda break down fatty acids into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain.) Do not use this method if you have used a commercial drain opener and it may still be present in the drain.
Use a plunger (plumber's helper). It may take a number of plunges to unclog the drain. Do not use this method if you have used a commercial drain opener and it may still be present in the drain.
Drain Cleaner and Opener
Use a flexible metal snake. The mechanical snake may be purchased or rented. Thread it down the clogged drain, and you will be able to push the clog away.
Furniture Cleaner and Polish I 3 cups olive oil 1 cup vinegar Mix together until well blended. Use a clean, soft cloth to apply to the furniture.
Furniture Cleaner and Polish II
Wet a washcloth. Wring out as much water as possible. Wipe furniture surface with damp washcloth. Dry immediately with a clean, soft, dry cloth. (You can remove sticky fingerprints and dust safely from wood surfaces, but furniture with an oil finish needs an oil-based cleaner.) Lime and Mineral Deposit Remover Soak paper towels in vinegar. Apply the paper towels to the lime deposits around the faucet. Leave them on for approximately one hour. The deposits will be softened and can be removed easily.
Aluminum Cleaner 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 quart water To clean aluminum cookware, combine ingredients in cookware. Bring solution to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Wash and dry as usual.
Lemon juice Baking soda Make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste. Rub onto brass with a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry.
Brass Cleaner 2 Lemon juice Cream of tartar Make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste. Apply to surface, leave on for 5 minutes. Wash with warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Chrome and Stainless Steel Cleaner Dip soft cloth in undiluted white vinegar. Wipe surface.
Baking soda Very fine steel wool Sprinkle water on oven surface. Apply baking soda. Rub using very fine steel wool. Wipe off scum with a damp sponge. Rinse well and dry.
Oven Cleaner 2 While oven is still warm, sprinkle water on the spill, then sprinkle salt on it. When the oven cools down, scrape the spill away and wash the area.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner 1
Borax Lemon juice Mix lemon juice and borax to make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste. Flush toilet to wet sides. Rub paste on toilet bowl ring. Let sit for 2 hours and then scrub thoroughly. Borax is a toxic ingredient. Handle it with care and store it safely.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner 2
Baking soda Vinegar Sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add vinegar. Scour with a toilet brush.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner 3
Pour 1/2 cup liquid chlorine bleach into toilet bowl. Let stand for 30 to 45 minutes. Scrub with a brush. Flush. Do not mix bleach with vinegar, toilet bowl cleaner, or ammonia. Chlorine bleach is a toxic ingredient. Handle it with care and store it safely.
For more information on hazardous products in the home, see Reducing Hazardous Products in Your Home, or Hazardous Household Products, or Disposal of Hazardous Household Wastes. Prepared by Dr. Wilma Hammett, Extension Housing Specialist, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. This publication has been issued in print by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as a section of publication he-368-2 (January 1991). Distributed in furtherance of the Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. Employment and program opportunities are offered to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Electronic Publication Number (June 1995--JMG)