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Green cleaning?

April 6, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
Yes, it's spring cleaning time, and it's also the time of year when the newsroom is working on the special Home and Garden section stories. One of my ideas was "going green" for spring cleaning, but wasn't sure who to talk to for a source. Going exploring online, I found several sites that show how you can make your own "green cleaning" kit. And it sounds simple enough that even the worst housekeepers (like me) could do it!

What adds to the appeal (if there's any appeal about housecleaning) is that it avoids most of the heavy chemicals - no worries about accidentally making homemade mustard gas in the laundry room! Most chemical cleaners are so overpowering, they leave me with a headache and even nauseous, not to mention irritated skin if there was any direct contact. Now I've found several sites and books that suggest that many of these chemical-heavy cleaners can be replaced with different combinations of vinegar, baking powder, salt and/or lemon juice. These homemade remedies can supposedly tackle every chore from furniture polish, to oven cleaners to battling the mold trying to grow in the shower stall. I actually felt excited about trying these cheaper and less toxic ways for cleaning.

Now the question is, will I lose this enthusiasm once I walk through the door and am greeted by the messes left by two kids and three cats? It will be a great experiment that's for sure. Will these home remedies work? I have until my deadline next week to find out.


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