(NaturalNews) The first step to green cleaning is to get rid of all the toxic stuff from under your sink. The chemical nightmare that is in many people's cupboards is often highly toxic to humans and pets. Plus, you'd need a round of WHMIS training just to be sure you don't mix the wrong stuff together and cause an explosion or a bigger toxic disaster that can turn deadly.
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Many bloggers and eco-writers that discuss green cleaning often talk about using lemon juice and straight vinegar as part of their earth-friendly arsenal, but perhaps there is a better way.
Take lemon juice: It is highly touted as a grease cutter and while that may be accurate, as Chaya Kurtz indicates in a FoxNews report, lemon juice, being juice, "leaves a sticky residue on surfaces."
An alternative suggestion is the combination of "a dish soap and water solution and a scrub brush," and also some elbow grease. Kurtz claims that even the eco dish soap does a better job at cutting grease than lemon juice, and without the sticky residue.
Diluted vinegar, Kurtz says, is just as effective as straight vinegar, so why deal with the smell and skin irritation? Plus, there is no sense in wasting the product. In fact, really watering it down with "6 parts water to 1 part vinegar ratio," is her suggestion.
In addition the report said that 100% vinegar leaves "a residue on glass surfaces," and "is very harmful to hardwood floor finishes."
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The castile soap, vinegar and baking soda combo isn't recommended, but straight castile soap as a laundry detergent is. Kurtz found it more effective. However, she does recommend adding "vinegar to the rinse cycle to wash the soapy residue off the your clothes." Including the vinegar at the beginning "will counteract the castile soap."
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