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Tips for Greener Cleaning - Basic Environmentally Friendly Ingredients for Cleaning Recipes

Industry is by far the largest source of hazardous and toxic chemical pollution. But many of us also contribute to pollution with the cleaning products we choose, the gardening chemicals we use and the energy we consume.

Protecting and preserving the environment starts right in your own home. Here are some recipes that will not only save you money, but they are also safer for you, those you care about, and for the environment.

Each of the ingredients listed below can be found in grocery or health food stores.

Pure Soap

For generations, people washed their clothes, their homes and themselves with pure soap. Today, it is the key ingredient of many alternative cleaning recipes. Soap biodegrades safely and completely, and is non-toxic. Make sure that you use soap without synthetic scents, colours or other additives. Even phosphate-free biodegradable laundry detergent contributes to water pollution.

Distilled White Vinegar

Vinegar is a mild disinfectant which cuts grease, cleans glass, deodorizes, and removes calcium deposits, stains and wax build-up.


Cornstarch is an odorless powder that is great for carpet cleaning and greasy stains.

Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate)

A key ingredient for washing clothes, washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, disinfects, and softens water. Washing soda should not be used on aluminum.

Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Baking soda works well as an abrasive in alternative recipes. Baking soda also deodorizes, removes stains, polishes, and softens fabrics.

Table Salt

Lemon Juice

Hydrogen Peroxide

Essential Oils


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