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Keep it simple - and add a touch of elbow grease.

IF you really want to go green, all you need are a few simple products - and a little elbow grease.

Stock up on plain soap, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), vinegar, washing soda (sodium carbonate), lemon juice and borax. Not only will these items deal with most of your cleaning needs, they are also kinder to the environment and your pocket.


TO get rid of stains, soak fabric in water mixed with borax, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, washing soda, or white vinegar.

Or, look for "non-chlorine bleach" made from sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate.

For a fabric softener add a 1/4 cup of baking soda to the wash cycle.

A 1/4 cup of white vinegar will also soften fabric, as well as eliminate cling.


TO clean windows, fill a spray bottle with water and either a 1/4 cup of white vinegar or 1tbsp of lemon juice to cut grease.

To clean oven surfaces, coat them in a paste of water and baking or washing soda and let stand overnight, then scrub off the paste while wearing gloves.

Polish furniture with a mixture of 1tsp olive oil and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar, or look for solvent-free products that use mineral or plant oils.

Silver can be kept clean with toothpaste.

Copper can be polished using a cloth dipped in white vinegar or lemon juice with salt dissolved in it; just rinse with water when you are done.

Brass will shine by using a paste made from 1tsp salt, one cup of white vinegar and one cup of flour.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 24, 2007
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