Keepin’ It Clean

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I thought I would take a little summer break from the usual exercise and education news to bring you some interesting information about how to keep your home in order. Today we take a look at green-cleaning. I hope you find it interesting and useful!



Here are some of the best homemade cleaning solutions that I’ve found…

Most surfaces: an equal parts solution of water and white vinegar

Refrigerator and freezer: make a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart hot water Rinse with a damp cloth, and then dry with a clean towel.

Glass and mirrors: wash windows inside and out with a mild dilution of either ammonia or white vinegar in water; dry with a squeegee followed by a rag.

Natural silver polish: a frequently recommended, nontoxic trick is to fill an aluminum pan (or one lined with aluminum foil) with hot water, add a dash of salt and 1 cup of baking soda, and stir to dissolve. When you add the silver pieces, a chemical reaction occurs, removing tarnish.

Clean a drain: pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar down the drain, wait 15 minutes, follow with boiling water. Then flush with a sink full of hot water.

Cast-iron pans: make a scrubbing paste with vegetable oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt to combat cooked-on debris, then rinse with hot water.

Coffeemaker: pour equal parts vinegar and water into the machine’s water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the coffeemaker and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on again to complete the cycle, then run several cycles with clean water.

Clean the oven with baking soda and water: coat the inside of your dirty appliance with a paste made from water and baking soda. Let stand overnight. Then, don gloves and scour off that grime. Make spotless with a moist cloth.

Grout cleaner: spray the affected area with a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water, and then scrub with the brush.

Spills on carpet: blot up as much as you can with a paper towel, and then mix a teaspoon of eco-friendly dish soap with a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Blot it on the stain, with a dry towel behind the fabric to soak things up.


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