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Green Cleaning

There are simple and inexpensive recipes to decrease your chemical exposure and effectively clean your home. Recipes can be found by following the links below and in the HealthyHouseholdGuide.pdfGuide to Healthy Household Cleaners.

Getting Started
The ingredients below serve as the building blocks for safe home cleaning.

Baking soda
Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase the sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.

Borax
Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water. Available in the laundry section of grocery stores.

Liquid soap
Look for soap with non-synthetic, plant-based ingredients such as olive oil-based. Available in grocery stores and health food stores.

Washing soda
Cuts grease and removes stains. Softens water. Available in the laundry section of grocery stores or in pure form from chemical supply houses as “sodium carbonate.”

White vinegar or lemon juice
Cuts grease and freshens.

Vegetable oil
Works well when polishing and cleaning wood.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:41 AM