Green Cleaning with Help from the Queen of Green

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When I think of the colour green, I think of green cleaning.  I have always liked the idea of using cleaners that are not hazardous to our health and good for the environment.  That being said, I would rather buy a product that I think is a green cleaner than create my own concoction.  There is one product that most of us should have in our cupboards that many consider a miracle cleaner.  That, ladies and gents, is white vinegar.

The Queen of Green writes that vinegar removes 99% of surface bacteria, 80% of germs and 82% of molds.  I don’t know about you but I’m impressed!  Many of you may be familiar with some of the more common uses for vinegar.  Here are some that you may already know about.

1.  To clean and deodorize drain, pour one cup baking soda followed by one cup vinegar.   Wait 5 minutes and then pour hot water down the drain.

2.  To clean your microwave, combine 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/2 cup water in a glass container and bring to a boil.  Wipe inside of the microwave with cloth.

3. To clean cloudy glassware, soak paper towels in full strength vinegar, wrap around the inside and outside of glass, let stand, then rinse clean.

4. To remove odours from a lunchbox, leave a piece a bread soaked in vinegar overnight.

Did you know that you can remove persistent room odours by leaving vinegar in a bowl overnight?

I love picking up these tips.  My favourite use for vinegar is one I haven’t yet tried but would be very interested in finding out if it actually works.  Those of you who have dogs who had an encounter with a skunk know how difficult it is to get rid of that pungent odour.

Apparently, you dilute vinegar with 50% water, rub into your dog’s fur and rinse with warm water.  May need to repeated a couple of times.  Would love to know if this actually works.

You may want to take a look at www.springbreakup.ca and see what other green cleaning advice is available.  It is easier than ever to be green!

Happy spring cleaning,

Laurie

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6 thoughts on “Green Cleaning with Help from the Queen of Green

  1. Thanks for the great cleaning ideas. A good resource on vinegar is vin e gar; 1001 practical household uses, published in 2007 by L&K Designs in the U.K. Sub-sections include Laundry, Cleaning, DIY, Outdoor/Gardening, Cookery, Health & Beauty and Pet Care. As you can imagine from the sub-sections, there is an extensive collection of ideas for using vinegar that will keep you amazed and wanting to experiment.

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