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Looking for ways to “go green”? If you haven’t already, consider changing out your cleaning products to safe and easy alternatives that are not harmful to the environment. Listed below are “do it yourself” (DIY) mixtures that you can make with products in your own home.

  • Cleaning countertops: Cut a lemon in half, dip in baking soda and use on countertop. Wipe with a wet sponge. Do not use on stainless steel or marble surfaces.
  • For dirt or rust: Combine salt and lemon juice together. Apply to area.
  • Clogs: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down clogged drain followed by ½ cup white vinegar. After about 15 minutes, flush with four cups of boiling water. For plastic pipes, use hot tap water.
  • Windows or glass surfaces: Combine ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray.
  • Water stains: Combine baking soda and water to make a paste. Use a toothbrush to scrub the paste into the water stain. For tough stains, pour vinegar on stained area and then continue scrubbing.
  • Freshening garbage disposals: Cut a lemon into slices and run through the disposal.
  • Soap scum: Heat 1 cup of white vinegar in a microwave and combine in a spray bottle with 1 cup of dish detergent. Spray on soap scum and wait a minute before wiping off.
  • Grease stains: Sprinkle cornstarch on problem spots. Let stand 20-30 minutes before vacuuming.

These are only a few easy to create and safe to use mixtures. If you are interested in learning about more mixtures, check out this link: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/hace/HACE-E-73-1.pdf

Happy cleaning!

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