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SPRING
CLEANING


TIPS FOR A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY SPRING CLEANING FUN!!



TIP # 1: General Dusting

Instead of general dry dusting, try a damp cloth or 1 teaspoon of olive oil per 1/2 cup of white vinegar that you can mix together and apply on a soft cloth for use.


WHY IT WORKS – Dry dusting will just stir up dust and move it around.


TIP # 2: Window Cleaning
Instead of the regular, chemical-based substances, try using a spray bottle of 3 tablespoons of white vinegar per 1 quart of water. Using half white vinegar and half water is also recommended. For extra dirty windows, try a 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap, 3 tablespoons of white vinegar and two cups of water. Shake well.


WHY IT WORKS – Cleaning products may consist of many dangerous chemicals that may not be listed on labels.


TIP # 3: Carpet Cleaning
Instead of the regular, chemical-based substances, try mixing together equal parts white vinegar and water. Place this in a small container to dab on a clean cloth. Press the cloth firmly and repeatedly into the carpet until the stains come out. For difficult stains, use full strength white vinegar on a cloth.


WHY IT WORKS – Cleaning products may contain many dangerous chemicals that may not be listed on labels.


TIP # 4: Wood Floors
Instead of the harsh chemical substances, try white vinegar as a natural disinfectant to pull dirt from your wood floors. To do so, use 1 cup of white vinegar per pail of hot water to clean. The smell disappears.


WHY IT WORKS – Chemical-based products can expose you to dangerous chemicals that can severely harm your health.


TIP # 5: Mold Elimination
Always remember to wear gloves and a face mask as mold spores can be inhaled. Pick up a stiff brush, a non-ammonia detergent and hot water to scrub mold off of non-porous surfaces. Stiff bristle toothbrushes can reach in between tiles and other small crevices. Using a paste of baking soda and water (not rinsing) can also do the trick.


WHY IT WORKS – Chemical-based products can expose you to dangerous chemicals that can severely harm your health.


Resource:
Children’s Health Environmental Coalition’s Recipes for Safer Cleaners 

For Further Information Please See Children’s Health Coalition
www.checnet.org/HealtheHouse