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SPRING CLEANING? GOING GREEN CAN SAVE YOU MONEY!

You can go green at home with a few simple household staples that will clean up all your household problems while not leaving behind a chemical residue or chemical contamination of our water system.

Here are a few recipes for natural cleaning products you can mix up in your kitchen that are as effective as the chemicals cleaners you buy at the store.

All-purpose cleaner
Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle or mop bucket. You can use this mixture to clean, disinfect and deodorize everything from windows to countertops to floors.

Air freshener
Mix together one tablespoon of baking soda, which absorbs odors, one teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar, which deodorizes, with two cups of hot water. Use a spray bottle to spray the mixture throughout the room to get rid of odors.

Rug and carpet deodorizer
Sprinkle baking soda onto rugs and carpets and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming. The baking soda will absorb odors, leaving your floors fresh and clean.

Kitchen and bathroom stains
Whether you have a ring around the tub, a food-splattered microwave or a stained coffee pot, a paste of baking soda and water is the answer. This easy mix can be used throughout the house to clean up stains by applying it with a sponge and then rinsing or wiping it off. It can even shine up your silver and stainless steel.

Drain cleaner
Unstop clogged drains by pouring ½ cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for about 10 to 15 minutes before pouring a kettle of boiling water down the drain to clear out the clog. This simple solution will eliminate the need to pour dangerous drain cleaners down the drain and into our water sources.