Spring Cleaning Fling
Traditional cleansers based on natural products often clean just as effectively as commercial concoctions that contain fast-acting chemicals. Consider the following recipes for low-polluting alternatives:
- For counter tops, cupboards, and walls: dip a cloth in warm water, add a little dish soap and baking soda (the baking soda acts as a soft abrasive to remove tough spots and light scratches).
- Drain cleaners: Mix together 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt, and ¼ cup cream of tartar. Pour ¼ cup of this mixture into the drain, followed by a pot of boiling water. Reserve the rest of the mixture for future needs.
- Air fresheners: First, get rid of the source of bad odors. Check refrigerators and trash cans for rotting foods; look under and around furniture for any items your pets may have unexpectedly left behind. Clear out cooking smells using the stove exhaust fan, then open windows and let fresh air in. Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give your home a pleasant fragrance. Freshly cut flowers can also make a room smell like spring.
Hints for washing windows, wiping down mirrors, or cleaning other glass surfaces:
- Make your own glass cleaning solution from 2 tablespoons borax or washing soda and 3 cups water. Spray onto the glass using a pump sprayer.
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