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Clean and Green

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

We could go on forever about ways to “go green and save green,” but I decided to end my series with this: Eating green and cleaning green.


We could go on forever about ways to “go green and save green,” but I decided to end my series with this: Eating green and cleaning green. So here are a few small tips and tricks to help the environment, local economy and possibly even make your family healthier in the process.
WorldWatch.org compiled these tips, a few of which I’ve tried myself, and they really are simple ways to make a change.
Tip #1: If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
Tip #2: Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
As far as cleaning goes, it’s a chore (pun intended), but we have to do it. What we can do, however, to make it better, spend less time at the grocery comparing brands, less money purchasing supplies and more time cleaning green. In many cases, I’ve heard from several people that making their own cleaning products also helped them beat allergies and ailments.
These recipes came from my family recipe book and organizedhome.com using vinegar and baking soda.
Vinegar -- Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean counter tops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas.
In the bathroom, use vinegar spray cleaner to clean countertops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet.
For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray shower walls with the warmed generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.
Baking Soda #1 ---
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.
Baking soda #2 --- Slow-running drains? Keep bathroom drains running freely by pouring 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! [Do not use this method on blocked drains.]


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