Saturday, June 14, 2008

Safer Alternatives to Household Chemicals

When possible, please use a safer alternative instead of a hazardous product. Here are some suggestions:

Air Fresheners
Simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves and/or allspice
Place baking soda at the problem source
Leave a bowl of vinegar out in the area of the odor

Introduce predator insects in your yard
Apply soapy water to leaves and rinse well
Contact local Extension Office for more ideas

Try composting and grass recycling

Bug Sprays
Red chili powder or boric acid at entry source

Window Cleaner
1/2 c. ammonia, 1/8 cup vinegar and 1 quart of warm water in a spray bottle

All Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1 quart of water with one of the following (1 t. liquid soap, boric acid, or vinegar)

Tub and Tile Cleaner
Boric acid (Borax) and water

Heavy Soils
Rub with solution of 2 T. baking soda and 1 cup warm water

Pour boiling water on stains and cover with dry baking soda

A product we use for oodles of our household cleaning and soap needs is Sunshine Concentrate.

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