Examples of Environmentally Friendly Chemicals

  • Microfibre technology- these products do not require any chemicals and several brands are now available in department stores.
  • Citrus-based cleaners.
  • Vinegar removes mildew, stains, and wax build-up. Use it to clean coffee pots, glass, paintbrushes, grout, windows and fireplaces.
  • Pure soap cleans everything from dishes to cars and can be used as a shampoo.
  • Baking soda, especially when combined as a paste with white vinegar, is the all-around champion: it cleans, deodorizes, scours, polishes, removes stains, and softens fabrics. Use it on plastic, vinyl, carpeting, and upholstery, on silver and stainless steel, inside refrigerators or down drains.
  • Borax cleans wallpaper, painted walls, and floors. It deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of your detergents.
  • Washing soda cleans clothing and softens water but it is moderately toxic. Wear gloves and use it in well-ventilated areas to avoid irritation of mucous membranes.
  • Ammonia is a hard working liquid that cleans carpets and linoleum, copper and enamel and most appliances. Ammonia can irritate the skin and the eyes, so be sure to wear gloves and use it in a well-ventilated area. Never mix it with chlorine bleach: the mixture creates a poisonous gas.

All Purpose Cleaner #1

125 mL

ammonia

1/2 cup

75 mL

washing soda

1/3 cup

4 L

warm water

16 cups

All Purpose Cleaner #2

50 mL

baking soda

1/4 cup

250 mL

ammonia

1 cup

125 mL

white vinegar

1/2 cup

4 L

warm water

16 cups

Alternative to Bleach - Hydrogen Peroxide

1 part

hydrogen peroxide

8 parts

water

Drain Cleaner - Non-Caustic

250 mL

baking soda

1 cup

250 mL

salt

1 cup

125 mL

white vinegar

1/2 cup

1

kettle boiling water

1

Pour baking soda, salt and vinegar down the drain and leave it for 15 minutes. Pour on boiling water.

To keep your drains clear, pour about 50 mL (3 tbsp) salt down the drain, followed by a kettle of water, once or twice a week. Instead of the salt, you could use 50 mL (3 tbsp) washing soda, or 50 mL (3 tbsp) baking soda plus 50 mL (3 tbsp) vinegar.

Scouring Powder

50 mL

pure soap flakes or powder

3 tbsp

10 mL

borax

2 tsp

375 mL

boiling water

1 1/2 cups

50 mL

whiting (a chalk powder)

3 tbsp

Dissolve the borax and soap in the boiling water. Cool to room temperature, add whiting, and pour into a sealed plastic or glass container. Shake well before using. If you want it to be more abrasive, add more 15 mL of whiting, at a time until it's right for you.

Ammonia - Peroxide Toilet Bowl Cleaner

5 mL

household ammonia

1 tsp

250 mL

hyrdogen peroxide

1 cup

2 L

water

8 cups

Mix ingredients in a bucket and pour mixture into toilet. Let stand for 30 minutes, then scrub toilet bowl with long-handled brush and flush. The cleaner can be left in the bowl for several hours if needed to remove hard stains.

Rug and Upholstery Cleaner - Greasy Soil and Odours

2 parts

cornmeal

1 part

borax

Sprinkle carpets generously with this mixture to get rid of greasy soil and odours.

Leave for an hour and then vacuum thoroughly.

Rug and Upholstery Cleaner - Spills

1 part

vinegar

2 parts

water

Sponge the rug promptly with this mixture, then sponge with clean water, and pat dry.

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