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Monica Robins
Created: 4/23/2008 5:14:48 PM
Updated:4/25/2008 10:26:59 PM


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ROCKY RIVER-- Rebecca Reynolds of Green Clean has been making environmentally friendly household cleaning products for years.

She says all you really need to clean is distilled white vinegar, baking soda and some lemons.

Click on the video links to watch Rebecca's tips. These are some of her recipes.

So Clean Oven Cleaner


3 cups of baking soda

1 cup of table salt

1 spray bottle with water

Scraping with a metal spatula, remove debris from bottom of oven.
Spray with water.
Mix baking soda and salt together.
Sprinkle on bottom of oven completely covering all baked-on stains.
Spray several times with water.
Let sit over night.
In the morning, take metal spatula and scrape up all cleaning ingredients and grease.
Wipe clean with a warm damp cloth.


Happy wood Conditioner & Polish


1/4 cup of Olive Oil or walnut Oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place ingredients in a squeeze bottle and shake well.
Apply small amount to clean, soft cloth.
Rub into wood in circular motions.
Allow oil to sit on furniture for 15 minutes.
Buff with clean micro fiber cloth to enhance shine.

Shining Copper Pot Cleaner


1/2 of a lemon

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons baking soda

Mix salt and baking soda together in bowl.
Place the lemon into the bowl to collect the powdered mixer.
With powdered cover lemon half, scrub the entire surface of the copper pot in circular motions.
Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Repeat as necessary.
Rinse well when finished.

Anti Static Washing Tips

Sort your laundry, keeping natural fabrics separate from synthetics. Wash each separate load with a non-toxic, earth friendly laundry detergent, adding one cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar along with the detergent. Remove items and dry without dryer


Below is some more money saving tips and Rebecca's tips for making them environmentally friendly.

Fabric softener: Pour a couple capfuls of liquid fabric softener on a wash cloth and throw it in the dryer. It should last about 15 loads or add more when you notice static.

Rebecca says, if you want to avoid the chemicals in commercial fabric softener, use a few drops of essential oil on a wash cloth. The oil won't transfer to clothes, but the scent will. Unfortunately this won't help with static, so follow the static recipe up top.

Soiled shirt Collars: Brush hair shampoo into soiled shirt collars before laundering. Shampoo is made to dissolve body oils.

Rebecca says, good old fashioned Borax with a non-toxic shampoo mixed together forms a great stain remover too.

Linen closet: In the linen closet, place cotton balls that have been sprayed with your favorite scent. Once they are dry, place them in corners and on the shelves.

Rebecca says, essential oils work too. Soak a cotton ball in pure, organic essential oils, but keep in mind; this does not last long because essential oils dissipate quickly in the air and in light.

She adds, if the object is to remove odors, she would use baking soda, in a dish with a few drops of essential oils. If they are strong odors, start with a full bowl of white distilled vinegar, then move to the baking soda.

To remove unbearable smells, like skunk, boil a couple cups of distilled vinegar on the stove. The house will smell like vinegar but once it dissipates, the skunk smell should be gone.



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