Easy Green Cleaning Recipes - Part 2

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Kitchen Items

Kitchen Counters

  • Baking Soda & Water: reclaim by sprinkling with baking soda, scrubbing with a damp cloth/sponge. If you have stains, knead baking soda and water into paste and let set for a while before you remove. 
    • Also works for stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, refrigerators, oven tops and more.
  • Kosher Salt & Water: If you need a tougher abrasive, sprinkle on kosher salt and scrub with a wet cloth/sponge
  • Natural Disinfectant: to knock out germs without strong products, mix 2 cups of water, 3 tbsp of liquid soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray or rub on countertops and other kitchen surfaces

Safer Oven Cleaning

  • Baking Soda & Water: Coat inside of your dirty appliance with a paste made from water and baking soda.  Let stand overnight.  Then, don gloves and scour off the grime.  Make spotless with a moist cloth.

Clogged Drains

  • Baking Soda & Boiling Water: Pour ½ cup of baking soda into problem drain, followed by 2 cups boiling water.  If that isn’t doing it, chase the baking soda with ½ cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the vigorous fizzing of the chemical reaction to break up grime.  Then flush with a gallon of water.

Silverware

Silver (Keep Sterling Silver Shined)

  • Aluminum Foil, Boiling Water, Baking Soda & Salt: Line sink or bucket with aluminum foil and drop in tarnished silver.  Pour in boiling water, cup of baking soda and a dash of salt.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Tarnish will transfer from silver to foil.
  • Toothpaste: if you can’t immerse or prefer to polish by hand, rub tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth.  Rinse with warm water and dry.  Substitute 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, instead of toothpaste.

Copper (Bright & Shiny)

  • Ketchup: rub pots, pans and accents with ketchup. Rinse off and dry with soft cloth or towel

Windows & Mirrors

  • White Vinegar, Water & Newspaper: mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar with a gallon of water and dispense into a used spray bottle.  Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper (doesn’t streak like paper towels)
    • If you don’t have vinegar or dislike the smell, you can substitute undiluted lemon juice or club soda