Green Ways to Clean or How I Saved Enough to Take a Vacation
Country Living Tips
Growing up in the country one amasses a lot of information, especially from the older folks in the area. I learned and was told things that I never thought that I would use, but in this recessionary time, I found that anything and everything helps. The amazing thing, is that the best things don’t need to be expensive, and they work just as well, if not better than those commercial cleaners that aren’t necessarily environmentally friendly. I guarantee that if you adopt some of these things, as your lifestyle dictates, you will save money, which in turn, will make you much happier.
For Stained Sinks
Much less toxic and more environmentally friendly than bleach, you can clean stained sinks. Cut open an older lemon that has lost its freshness, and wipe the sink down with it. Let it work for about 10-15 minutes, sprinkle on some baking soda, then scour.
Fresh, clean, and less poisonous to the environment: pour a bucket of water in the toilet to lower the water level. Put a few tablespoons of baking soda around the inside of the bowl. Dampen the baking soda a bit with a little vinegar. Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush, then flush. Look what you get with no pollution, but just a little elbow grease.
Commercial oven cleaners are some of the nastiest things that I have ever run across. Sprinkle salt on fresh spills generously while still hot, as the salt will absorb most spills, then turn ashlike. This powder you can easily brush off once the oven is cool.
Also for the oven, but meant to work overnight for the periodic cleaning of normal buildup, preheat to 200 degrees, then turn off. Put two cups of ammonia in a shallow, non-aluminum pan on the center rack. Close the oven door and let stand overnight. The ammonia gas will cut through the grease and turn it into a soapy sludge that you can wipe off. MAKE SURE THAT YOU VENTILATE WELL. While you’re at it, put your stained Pyrex in during this treatment, and they will clean at the same time.
Automatic Dishwasher Soap
You can save tremendous amounts of money with this, and it is a lot healthier for you and your family. If you have soft water, use straight borax. For hard water, add some washing soda, but you will have to play it by ear with the amount. Use just like you would with the commercial powders.
Preserve Outdoor Garden Tools
Simply coat them with oil to keep them from rusting. If you wax them periodically, after you take off all the dirt, they will slide into the ground like butter. Use a parrafin wax stick available in the canning section of the hardware store or Target.
Silver or Copper Polish and Tarnish Remover
Use a paste of water and wood ashes. Equally as effective, use half a lemon sprinkled with salt to clean copper. For tarnish, rub with toothpaste, ketchup or Worcestershire sauce. Rusty scissors will come clean with lemon juice and salt paste. Rub it off and repeat. Make sure that you dry them after, or they will rust again.
To Clean Refrigerator
Use a weak solution of baking soda and wipe down for a fresh smelling and clean fridge.
Cover the area with wheat germ, then allow to dry for no stain and no smell.
Removal of Fresh Paint
Rub the painted area with cooking oil. This works especially well with cleaning up the kids from their projects.
This should give you a little bit of information for now, which I will add to at a later date. In the meantime, start saving for that great vacation. Tell 'em that I sent ya!