Posted on | March 19, 2009 | 2 Comments
Traditional cleaning supplies have bad stuff in them. Think about it, what’s the first thing you child-proof: the cabinet under the sink with all the poisons in it…right?
This is a great post from Inhabitots about how to make your own cleaning supplies using just baking soda, table salt, vinegar, olive oil, soap, lemons, essential oils and water. For specific recipes for tougher cleaning jobs, visit this post at womenandenvironment.org.
Personally, I’m only about halfway there but I’m trying. Don’t even get me started about trying not to use so many paper towels!
If mixing up your own cleaning solutions isn’t your bag, go for the less toxic and less environmentally damaging products such as seventh generation or method. Or go to Green Depot’s new store on the Bowery and serve yourself from their cleaning product refill station.
All these chemicals eventually go down the drain and the least environmentally troublesome are the ones that are bio-degradeable and free of phosphates and chlorine.
Here are some more tips specifically for:
Cleaning caked up paintbrushes (hint: hot vinegar)
Cleaning copper (hint: think acid)
Removing red wine (hint: white wine and salt)
Homemade organic fragrant room spray (just smells really good)
One more thing… if you’re not sure, you can always do a little research. Best Green Tips has a good list of sites you can visit to avoid greenwashing!