ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES TO 9 COMMON HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS

The products we use to keep our homes clean don't always benefit the environment when they are washed down the drain or thrown away in the trash. We offer more than 30 resources and recommendations for a healthier home at http://neorsd.org/HealthyHome but here are 9 easy recipes you can make at home that make a difference.
  1. 1.
    Toilet bowl cleaner
    Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bowl and drizzle with vinegar. Let sit for 1/2 hour. Scrub and flush. Add borax for stains.
  2. 2.
    Kitchen cleanser
    Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Apply with sponge or spray.
  3. 3.
    Sink/tub/tile cleaner
    Use a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda and 2-3 tbsp liquid soap.
  4. 4.
    Oven cleaner
    Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, 2 tbsp salt, and hot water (as needed) to make a paste. Be sure to keep the paste off wires and heating elements. Let sit for 5 minutes and wipe off.
  5. 5.
    Mildew remover
    Dissolve together 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup borax in warm water. Apply with sponge or spray.
  6. 6.
    Drain cleaner
    To unclog a drain, use a plunger or snake to loosen the blockage if necessary. Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover drain and let sit for 15 minutes. Follow with two quarts of boiling water.
  7. 7.
    Bleach
    Diluting bleach is less toxic, but using a mixture of baking soda and water is safer. Use borax or baking soda to whiten.
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    Furniture polish
    Rubbing toothpaste on wood products can remove water marks.
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    Carpet cleaner
    Mix 1/4 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap and 3 tbsp (or more) water. Whip ingredients in a bowl with an egg beater. Rub foam into problem areas of the rug. Rinse well with water.