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NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


Many household cleaners are hard on the environment. And in our region anything that goes down a drain inside our homes can end up in the ocean or in our ground water. Whether you are connected to sewer or on septic, what you put down the drain makes a difference. Fortunately, there are environmentally safe and affordable alternatives to most household cleaners. Lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar are just some of the natural products used in recipes you’ll find in this first edition of The Clean Green Cookbook.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | DISINFECTANTS

Household Disinfectant /2 CUP BORAX 4 LITRES HOT WATER 1

Mix together. Borax can also be used as an alternative to bleach.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | KITCHEN CLEANERS

Ammonia-Free Spray Cleaner /4 TSP. DISH SOAP WHITE VINEGAR

1

Mix together in a spray bottle.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | KITCHEN CLEANERS

Oven Cleaner BAKING SODA SALT

Mix together in equal parts. Add enough water to produce a paste. Apply to surface and scrub with a scouring pad.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | ALL PURPOSE CLEANERS

Lemon-Based Cleaner 4 TBSP. BAKING SODA 1 LITRE WARM WATER LEMON

Combine baking soda and warm water. Add lemon juice as needed to cut grease. For use on counter tops, walls, floors and upholstery. NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | ALL PURPOSE CLEANERS

Vinegar-Based Cleaner /2 CUP VINEGAR 1 LITRE WARM WATER 1

Combine vinegar and warm water. For use on counter tops, walls, floors and upholstery.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | BATHROOM CLEANERS

Toilet Bowl Cleaner BORAX LEMON JUICE BAKING SODA

Make a paste of Borax and lemon juice. Let stand then scrub. Alternatively, sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda and scrub with brush. Add a few drops of lemon juice for freshness. NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | BATHROOM CLEANERS

PREVENTION TIP! Do not pour any fats, oils or grease down your drains. Instead, cool then pour them into a sealable container. Store in the fridge or freezer until full, then put in your household garbage. NOTE: Not recommended for ceramic toilets. For occasional use only, as continued use may only push a clog further down the pipe.

Drain Cleaner /2 CUP BAKING SODA /2 CUP WHITE VINEGAR 2 LITRES BOILING WATER 1 1

Pour baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar. Cover drain and leave for 15 minutes. Flush with two litres of boiling water.

NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | SCOURING

Scouring Powders BAKING SODA VINEGAR SALT

Use baking soda as an alternative to conventional scouring powders. Alternatively, combine vinegar and salt for an effective surface cleaner. NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | LAUNDRY SOAP

Powdered Laundry Soap 1 CUP SOAP GRANULES 1 /2 CUP BORAX

/2 CUP WASHING SODA 10 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL (OPTIONAL) 1

Combine dry ingredients. Stir in essential oil. Label your finished products and store them safely away from children and pets. T I P : To soften fabrics, pour 1 cup white vinegar into rinse cycle. NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


SUSTAINABLE U | CLEAN GREEN COOKBOOK | LAUNDRY SOAP

Liquid Laundry Soap 7 LITRES HOT WATER 1 CUP SOAP GRANULES 1 /2 CUP BORAX

/2 CUP WASHING SODA 20 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL 1

Add 1 litre water and soap granules to pot. Heat until dissolved. Pour into pail with remaining water, Borax and washing soda. Stir until dissolved. Add essential oil. Soap will gel as cools. NOTE: As with other cleaning products, always test a small, inconspicuous area first.


Many household cleaners are hard on the environment. And in our region anything that goes down a drain inside our homes can end up in the ocean or in our ground water. Whether you are connected to sewer or on septic, what you put down the drain makes a difference. Please share this recipe and submit your own at contact@sustainableu.ca Find more recipes and what to do with leftover cleaners at www.sustainableu.ca

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