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1 Green Thing: Will I really need the space under the sink?
By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District
Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”
Another of my goals for this year is to reduce the number of cleaning products under the kitchen sink. While vacationing (we have rented a condominium), there is a secondary goal: do not purchase anything more than you absolutely have to so it doesn’t have to be toted home.
Hmmm…the dishwasher was leaving film on dishes. The husband went to the store for a jug of vinegar and some baking soda. Two cups of it were included in a batch (along with reducing the amount of dishwasher detergent), and the film was gone. As long as I had it, I put a half a cup of baking soda down the drain and followed it with a half a cup of vinegar. After letting it sit for a while, the drain now runs smoother, and so does the disposal. The next use was for toilet cleaning. When combined with one-quarter cup of baking soda, the results were amazing.
Now, this had me thinking: Are there other combinations of things I already have on hand?
Recipes I found:
Simple air freshener—In a small cereal bowl half-filled with baking soda, add the juice of one lemon and just leave the dish uncovered. As a bonus, I would grind the lemon up in the disposal.
For all-purpose cleaning, use a mixture of nine parts water with one part white vinegar in a spray bottle. If whatever you are cleaning is “extra-germy,” squirt straight white vinegar on the surface and follow with a squirt of hydrogen peroxide.
OK, that is enough cleaning…time for a walk on the beach.
For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.
From the May 25-31, 2011 issue