Saturday, October 01, 2005

Home Chemistry (Part II)


(another image from "The Method" current ad campaign, a green company that boast an enviromental conscience)

Good Housekeeping (Recipes)

Who needs toxic cleaners when some common household items will do? All you need for the following nontoxic cleaning recipes are white vinegar or lemon juice, baking soda, borax, and liquid soap. A naturally occuring mineral, borax can be harmful if ingested; keep it in a labeled container out of reach of children.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 quart warm water
1 teaspoon liquid soap
1 teaspoon borax
1/4 cup undiluted white vinegar

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Use for cleaning countertops, floors, walls, carpets, and upholstery.

Scouring Powder

3 parts baking soda
1 part borax

Use as you would any powdered cleanser. For lighter jobs, try baking soda alone.

Glass Cleaner

4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 gallon water

On lightly soiled windows-think greasy handprints-this recipe came out ahead of all the commercial products tested by Consumer Reports for its January 1992 issue. If you're out of lemon juice, mix 1/4 cup white vinegar in 1 quart of water.

Oven Cleaner

1 quart warm water
2 teaspoons borax
2 tablespoons liquid soap

Mix ingredients. Spray on, wait 20 minutes, then clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 cup borax

Pour borax into toilet towl and let it sit overnight. Then scrub.

- Reprinted from Natural Home & Garden magazine (March/April 2005). Subscriptions: $27.75/yr. (6 issues) from 201 E. Fourth St., Loveland, CO 80537; www.naturalhomeandgarden.com