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Thrifty Thursday :: Tips from Publix GreenWise Magazine by Laura
October 8, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: Thrifty Thursdays

Publix GreenWise Market offers a great free magazine, and I am an avid reader. I love every edition, for its great coupons, new products, articles and recipes. Today I’m featuring a great article within the latest issue, about Green Cleaners and a great company, Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE).

WVE offers a great Green Cleaning Party kit where you can host a party, much like a Tupperware or Princess House, without the awful pressure of buying something. A virtual Green Cleaning Party Kit is free to download and comes with cleaning tips, recipes (sample recipes from WVE, below) and information on how to contact local policy makers.

Green Clean Recipes
Try these natural solutions to common cleaning challenges around your home, courtesy of Women’s Voices for the Earth.

Furniture Polish
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup white distilled vinegar
20 to 30 drops of lemon essential oil
Shake well before using. Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.
Tip: To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, then rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Option 1
Sprinkle the toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.
Option 2
Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush and then scrub. Add a few drops of pine oil for increased disinfecting. (Note: Some people are allergic to pine oil.)
Tip: Let ingredients soak awhile for easier scrubbing, especially on persistent stains.

All-Purpose Cleaner
Great for hard surfaces, such as countertops, kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.
2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
20 to 30 drops of essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus (optional)
Add vinegar to water. For a more pleasing scent, add an essential oil to the mixture.
Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Microwave only in a glass container.

Check out the entire article!

Want to learn the differences between “green” fabrics? Check out the article.

Want to get ideas for a more “green” party? Check out these great tips, gorgeous photos inside the actual magazine!

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