March 25, 2008

green clean recipes

I think the green cleaning is really on everyone's minds right now because I continue to see many great articles and resources about how to do it (not to mention all the fab comments on mom go green).

In the spirit of making green cleaning easier, I am sharing this link I found from Consumer Reports with a list full of ingredients and recipes. Full disclosure: I am just embarking on this new method myself. I've been using eco-friendly products but am just entering the foray of mixing my own.

I was glad to see a solution for sanitizing cutting boards on the list (2 separate spary bottles of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide). I was just talking to a friend about how to keep counter tops sanitized (uh, apparently wiping with my sponge isn't cutting it). Seems this recipe would do the trick. The hydrogen peroxide is a mild alternative to bleach and used in combination with vinegar is supposed to be quite effective.

5 comments:

Cheryl said...

Every time I read about using newspaper to wipe windows, it makes my blood go cold! For starters, I hate the texture of newspaper, and second, I can't understand how wiping ink on your windows is "clean". Isn't there a better alternative to getting streak-free windows?

bizzybees said...

Love this information! Thanks for sharing.

Mommy Bee

new green mama said...

Thanks for the recipes. I have started compiling some myself so I can start mixing my own cleaners. Your website is a great resource.

Rebecca said...

Cheryl, I just read somewhere that newspapers use soy-based inks, so they're safe to compost. I use newspaper and a vinegar/water solution to clean my mirrors and windows and they come out nice and clean. I don't think there is a better alternative, but if you hate the texture, I suppose paper towels made out of recycled paper or some sort of rag might do the trick.

Thanks for the tips!

cari c said...

Just don't forget that hydrogen peroxide will also bleach your clothes...