What good is having a clean home if it means polluting the Planet? Here's how Dial-A-Maid cleaning service in Evanston, Il. makes and uses an Earth-friendly cleaning kit that's devoid of harmful cleaners and toxic chemicals.Here's how to make your own Earth-friendly kit. You'll need just six readily available ingredients: baking soda, white vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil salt, and borax.From these common household items, you can make cleaners that are just as effective as commercial products, but are safer and less costly. Here are a few formulas for homemade "green" cleaners.
Fabric Softener: Add 1/4 cup vinegar during the rinse cycle of your laundry. Your clothes will feel softer and smell fresh.
Furniture Polish: Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon vinegar in 1 quart warm water. Store it in a spray bottle and keep it in a warm, preferably in a bucket of warm water while using. Apply liberally with a clean, cotton cloth.
Glass Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 gallon warm water in a pump spray bottle.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour 1 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice into the bowl. Let it sit for two hours and then scour thoroughly with a brush.
Drain Cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain. Add 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt. Let it sit for 15 minutes, the mixture will bubble noisily, then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain. Be sure to cover your face and hands.
These Earth-friendly cleaning recipes and others like them are used by Dial-A-Maid in Evanston, Il to help keep our homes and Planet chemical and toxic free.