Saturday, June 27, 2009

Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Everyday Cleaning...

following list provided today by boat-dweller guest blogger mama Cindy Wallach at blog ;)

Instead of using...
Use these Eco-Friendly Alternatives
  • Bleach... Borax

  • Detergent & Soap... Elbow grease

  • Scouring Powders... Baking soda. Or rub area with one-half lemon dipped in borax, then rinse

  • General Cleaner... Baking soda and vinegar. Or lemon juice combined with borax paste

  • Floor Cleaner... One cup vinegar + 2 gallons of water

  • Window Cleaner... One cup vinegar + 1 qt. warm water. Rinse and squeegee

  • Aluminum Cleaner... 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar + 1 qt. of hot water

  • Brass Cleaner... Worcestershire sauce. Or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar, and water

  • Copper Cleaner... Lemon juice and water. Or paste of lemon juice, salt, and flour

  • Chrome Cleaner/Polish... Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish

  • Stainless Steel Cleaner... Baking soda or mineral oil for polishing, vinegar to remove spots

  • Fiberglass Stain Remover... Baking soda and salt in a wet paste

  • Mildew Remover... Paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and salt, or white vinegar and salt OR diluted tea tree oil

  • Drain Opener... Dissemble or use plumber’s snake. Or flush with boiling water + one-quarter cup baking soda + one-quarter cup vinegar

  • Wood Polish... Olive or almond oil (interior walls only)

  • Rug/Upholstery Cleaner... Dry corn starch sprinkled on; vacuum

  • After Cleaning Cocktail... One part rum mixed with 2 parts fruit juice. Add ice as needed...