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LESS TOXIC CLEANING ALTERNATIVES

You don't have to use highly toxic cleaners to clean and polish your home. There areplenty of alternatives, and many times they cost less than what you would normallypurchase for the job. Here's a chance to save money and help the environment at the sametime.

Alternatives

Try these non-toxic or less-toxic products as alternatives to hazardous householdchemicals. While a little more may have to be used with some ofthese products, the benefits in terms of improved indoor air quality, decreased exposureto chemicals, fewer waste disposal concerns, convenience, and lower costs should make theswitch an easy one to make.

For this: Try this: Air freshener Simmer cinnamon and cloves Aluminum spot remover 2 tablespoons cream of tartar + 1 quart hot water Ants Red chili powder at point of entry Bleach Borax Brass polish Worcestershire sauce Car battery corrosion Baking soda + water Chrome polish Apple cider vinegar
Baby oil to polish Cleaners:general household Baking soda Coffee cup stain remover Moist salt Coffee pot stain Vinegar Copper cleaner Lemon juice + salt Decal remover Soak in white vinegar Dish detergent: grease cutter 1/2 cup baking soda + usual amount of liquid detergent Drain cleaner Plunger followed by 1/2 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup of vinegar + 2 quarts boiling water Fertilizer Compost and vermicompost Fiberglass stain remover Baking soda paste Fleas on pets Gradually add brewers yeast to pet's diet Flies Well watered pot of basil Floor cleaner 1 cup vinegar + 2 gallons water Furniture polish 1 tablespoon lemon oil in 1 pint of mineral oil Garbage disposal deodorizers Used lemons Grease fire Douse with baking soda Grease removal Borax on damp cloth Handcleaner: paint/grease Baby oil Ink spot remover Cold water + 1 tablespoon cream of tartar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice Insects on plants Soapy water on leaves, then rinse Laundry detergent Basic soap Linoleum floor cleaner 1 cup white vinegar + 2 gallons water Mildew remover Equal parts of vinegar and salt Mosquito repellent Burn citronella candles citronella oil Moth repellent Cedar chips enclosed in cotton sachets Nematode repellent Plant marigolds Oil stain remover White chalk rubbed into stain before laundering Oven cleaner 2 tablespoons liquid soap + 2 teaspoons borax + warm water Paint; oil based/stain/spray Water-based, non-aerosol paints Paint brush softener Hot vinegar Perspiration spot remover Baking soda Pet odor remover Cider vinegar Porcelain stain removal Baking soda Refrigerator deodorizer Open box baking soda Roach repellent Chopped bay leaves and cucumber skins Rug/carpet cleaner Club soda Rust removal (clothing) Lemon juice + salt + sunlight Rusty bolt/nut removal Carbonated beverage Scorch mark removal Grated onion Scouring powder Baking Soda Shaving cream Brush and shaving soap Shoe polish Banana peel Silver polish 1 quart warm water + 1 tablespoon baking soda + piece of aluminum foil + 1 tablespoon salt Slug and snail repellent Onion and marigold plants Spot remover Club soda, lemon juice, or salt Stainless steel polish Mineral oil Toilet bowl cleaner Paste of borax + lemon juice Tub and tile cleaner 1/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar + warm water Upholstery spot removal Club soda Water mark removal Toothpaste Water softener 1/4 cup vinegar Wine stain removal Salt Window cleaner 2 tablespoons vinegar in 1 quart warm water Wood polish 3 parts olive oil + 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

Written by: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department


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