Mix-Your-Own Health-Conscious Cleaners
All-Purpose Scrub 1/2 cup baking soda Plant-based liquid soap like “Castille” 1/2 of a lemon
Start with your baking soda in a bowl. Add just enough liquid soap to make a creamy paste. Spread mixture on the flat side of your lemon then scrub the surface. The lemon acts as a sponge and leaves a pleasant natural citrus scent. Use a dampened sponge or towel to wipe away any residue. H elpful Hint: The paste will stay moist for a few hours if you have other projects and to save the leftovers even longer, seal in a glass jar.
A healthy planet makes us all healthier. When it’s time to get rid of yesteryear’s fashions or furniture, donate what you can’t use. SPCA Rummage, the Salvation Army Store, Goodwill, and the Habitat Store are a few of the cause-specific thrift shops around town. Or you could turn your castoffs into payoffs by consigning your clothes to shops like Twice Is Nice and Darling. When you need to add or replace items, upcycle. Turn to Craig’s List and local swap forums to re-use quality items rather than buy new. When upcycling won’t do for new furniture, you can shop organic, just like with food, and keep your home toxin-free. As Betty of BetterWorldBetty. com says, “Buy local. Buy less.” However you choose to live a greener life, you are making a healthy choice for the planet and for yourself. Jody, a local writer and mother, is all set to take on her own green spring cleaning projects!
Mold + Mildew Spray 2 cups distilled white vinegar 2 cups water
Just pour this helpful ingredient into a spray bottle and hit the shower. You might even keep a spray bottle in the bathroom so it is handy to use often. Open a window to let the smell dissipate. H elpful Hint: For really tough jobs increase the ratio of vinegar.
Floor Cleaner 1/8 cup plant-based liquid soap 1/8 cup distilled white vinegar 1 gallon water 10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)
Mix in a bucket and mop your sealed wooden floors as you usually would. Helpful Hint: Soap will leave residue on
ceramic or tile floors, so it is recommended to eliminate soap and use 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 gallon of water.