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Non-Toxic Cleaners That Clean Green

September 11, 2010

Cleaning with vinegar and other non-toxic homemade cleaners is a great way to clean green.

As a degreaser, spray with straight vinegar and let soak for a while, then lightly scrub.  Wipe away and the surface will no longer have a greasy residue.

For the counters, the best way to clean counters is to first spray them with vinegar, wipe, and then spray with a simple peroxide solution (1/2 water and 1/2 hydrogen peroxide).  The 3% hydrogen peroxide can be used as a disinfectant.  Peroxide and vinegar, when used together, kills most bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  Do not mix the two as they are not as effective.

To clean windows and mirrors, spray with a solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water.  You can also use straight club soda for a streak-free shine.

For microwave cleaning, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water and microwave until it boils, then wipe.

For stain fighters, rub the stain with vinegar and wash.  For blood stains, put peroxide on the stain, scrub with an old toothbrush, and wash.

For bleaching laundry, instead of bleach, pour a cup of peroxide into the washing machine.

To clean dishes, use dish detergent but add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the dishwater to eliminate grease and odors.

Do you have any non-toxic cleaning recipes or comments that you would like to share?  Write to us and let us know what your favorite recipes are!

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