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1.02.2011

CLEANER, GREENER NEW YEAR

Women's Voices for the Earth promote national awareness of safe cleaning products and the effects of exposure to toxic products on humans and our environment.

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation.  Its website provides a wealth of information as well as guidance for affecting the political process.
 
Download a free safer cleaning products fact sheet at 
http://watoxics.org/files/cleaningproducts.pdf

Baking soda is a personal favorite as it has many uses besides baking. It absorbs odors, neutralizes acids, and provides mild abrasion.  It easily remove the stains from coffee or tea inside cups.   

Make your own 'soft scrub' with this recipe:


2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap 
4 tsp. vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any other scent preferred.  This is optional according to your own preference.


Mix ingredients together and store in a sealed glass jar.  It will last up to two years.


Or make toilet bow cleaner:


Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush. 


or


Put 1/4 cup of Boraxin toilet bowl and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  Swish with a toilet brush, then scrub.  Add a few drops of pine oil to increase disinfecting.  (definitely not for people with pine allergies.)

All purpose cleaner for hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors (use newspaper for no link, no streaks): 

2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
20 - 30 drops of essential oil (optional)

When the mixture is warmed until barely hot in a microwave, it boost the cleaning power for tough dirt.  Use only a glass container in the microwave. 

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