It’s easy to make a green cleaning kit! Tub & Tile Cleaner Glass Cleaner •Use a citrus based or oxygenated •¼ cup white vinegar cleaner •1 quart warm water For citrus based cleaner, spray and Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. let sit. For oxygenated cleaner, use Shake and apply. Squeegee to remove. according to the manufacturer’s directions. Oven Cleaner •1 tablespoon liquid soap Toilet Bowl Cleaner •½ cup water •1 tablespoon oxygenated cleaner •¼ cup salt Add 1 tablespoon oxygenated cleaner •¾ cup baking soda and let sit. Scrub with a brush. Spray oven surfaces with soapy water. Mix salt and baking soda then Whitener sprinkle on wet surface. Spray again •Oxygenated cleaner so that the mixture is damp and pasty. Do not use on silk. Follow Let stand overnight. Scrape off with a manufacturer’s directions. putty knife or wet pumice stone. Drain Cleaner Silver Cleaner •½ cup baking soda •3 inch square of aluminum foil •½ cup vinegar •1 tablespoon salt •1 tablespoon baking soda Pour baking soda down the drain, •1 cup warm water followed by vinegar. Let it bubble for 15 minutes then pour down a teakettle full Dissolve salt and baking soda in warm of boiling water. For stubborn clogs, use water. Submerge the foil and silver in a mechanical snake. the solution. Wait one hour. Rinse silver and wipe dry with a soft cloth. -or- Tile Floor Cleaner Use non-gel toothpaste and rub •1 cup vinegar tarnished spots with soft cloth; rinse. •1 gallon hot water Mix, mop and wipe clean. H e a l t h y F a mi l i e Tip—To remove scuffmarks, sprinkle s s with baking soda and spray with equal e thy Ho m parts vinegar and water. Wipe clean. Heal Gr it ee n Cleaning K KCPW 3362 (05•08) What Goes in A Green Cleaning Kit? Scrub brush: “Elbow grease” can help you reduce the use of cleaners. Multi-purpose cleaner: A squirt bottle with a small amount (1/2”) of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. Fill with water to the ridge on the neck of the bottle. Use on counters or anything you would wash with soap. This soap is available at Fred Meyer, Central Market and some health food stores, along with “Natural Foods” and other natural products. Be sure to read the label for the many uses of this mild soap. It is very concentrated so a small bottle lasts a long time. Window cleaner: A small amount of white vinegar (1/2”) goes in a squirt bottle. Fill with water to the ridge on the neck of the bottle. This also works great as a multi-purpose cleaner. Some laminate floor companies recommend vinegar and water for cleaning (check your directions). Oxygenated cleaner: It comes in powder or liquid form, and can be used as a laundry booster, stain remover, or to clean sinks and toilets. Just pour some into hot water and let it fizz. Baking soda: Use this instead of powdered cleansers. Other recommended non-toxic alternatives Pumice stone: Pumice cleans toilet rings and sink grime very well. Do not use it on chrome or stainless steel unless the manufacturer recommends it. Read the directions on the box for many other uses. Squeegee: Use a squeegee on your shower door and walls to help reduce soapy buildup. Drain clog strip: An inexpensive plastic strip has barbs on it to pull up the gunk. Remember: • Read labels and follow instructions. • Safely dispose of hazardous products (look for “Caution, Warning or Danger” on the label) at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. (http://www.kitsapgov.com/sw/modwaste.htm) • More alternatives to toxics can be found at www.kitsapgov.com/sw; click on Healthy Homes.