The Modern Mom
April 4, 2009
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For the environmentally conscious and for those who want to start with small simple steps in greening our planet, here are some tips on how to clean and green your household the natural way.

SALT.  For scrubbing gunk off wooden cutting boards, glass baking dishes, and pet bowls.  Sprinkle a liberal amount on a damp sponge and wipe.

BAKING SODA.  For banishing stinky odors.  Sprinkle a few tablespoons in the bottom of an empty gym bag and leave overnight; pour a liberal amount onto a trash can before putting in a new bag.

CORNSTARCH.  For absorbing oil and grease spills on mi clothing, upholstery, and leather.  Pat on enough to cover stains (try to get them before they set); let it sit awhile, then remove with a toothbrush or vacuum.

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL.  For erasing fingerprints from chrome and stainless steel; cleaning cellphones (not the screen).  Wipe surface with an alcohol-dampened mucrofiber cloth.

LEMON JUICE.  For fading stains on unfinished wood, such as butcher’s block.  Apply with a cotton swab, then air-dry.

3 % HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.  For killing mildew on bath tiles; sanitizing plastic cutting boards.  Sponge over area; let dry, then rinse well.  Mop up spills quickly (hydrogen peroxide can cause fading).

CREAM OF TARTAR.  For removing rust from white porcelain fixtures.  Mix 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar with a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste; apply to stain and let sit.  After paste dries, rinse off.

These staples are way cheaper than other store-bought household products and they perform just as effectively.  And the best thing is, they don’t give off nasty fumes, don’t harm your septic system or add a lot of extra packaging to landfills.

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