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Quick and Easy Green Cleaning Recipes

April 23, 2011

One of the greatest exposures to toxic substances can be found right in our very own homes.

Many cleaners and solvents used on surfaces such as countertops, tubs and floors are filled with ingredients whose labels read caution, poison, warning, or danger.  Today, there are safer alternative cleaning products that can be used which will lessen our exposure to these toxins and chemicals. Castile soap, baking soda, and lemon juice work wonders on tough grime in bathrooms and kitchens. You can even save money by making your own easy recipes that are toxic-free for you, your family, and the environment. 

Here are some recipes to try:

Basic Household Cleaner. Mix together one teaspoon liquid castile soap, a squeeze of lemon juice, and one quart of warm water. If a surface needs extra power, try saturating area with moist salt or baking soda, allow to sit for ten minutes, and scrub.

Grease Cutter.  Dissolve one teaspoon castile soap in one quart of hot water and add 1/4 cup lemon juice. Let soak for ten minutes before scrubbing.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda into bowl and add 1 cup lemon juice. Let sit for 1/2 hour, scrub, and flush.

Basin, Tub and Tile Cleaner.  Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with three tablespoons liquid castile soap. Scrub.

Drain Cleaner and Deodorizer.  Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain followed by one cup hot lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes.   Run water for 30 seconds.

Glass and Window Cleaner.  Mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with 1/2 gallon warm water.

For dishes and tough stains, mix lemon juice and baking soda to make a scrubbing paste.

For an abrasive cleanser, use baking soda.

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