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Watch that Waste and Do it Yourself Cleaners

Written on July 19, 2008 – 1:46 pm | by Rick

Think before you toss…

Choosing the right kind of products with little or no packaging is an easy way to reduce what comes into your home and what ends up in the landfill. Reusing instead of throwing away makes economic sense, and the best kind of recycling is to give the things you don’t want to someone who really needs them. Before you toss away old items, consider if you can give them away. Charities collect clothes, bedding and other textiles to sell for funds or distribute to people in need.

Many items that are normally consigned straight to the garbage can be modified to serve many useful purposes. Cut the top half off a plastic soft drink bottle to make a handy funnel for the kitchen. Use sheets of newspaper to clean greasy pans and barbeques, or to wrap food scraps before throwing them out. Reuse those plastic bags you get at the super market by lining the kitchen garbage bin.

In the office, print only when necessary doesn’t use wide margins and large typefaces. Check for errors on the screen before printing and use both sides of the paper. You can also select the draft or rough print option to conserve toner. Don’t use a cover sheet when faxing.

There is thus one company who reuses the wine and soft drink bottle by making them into drinking glasses. They use an energy efficient process, the glass bottles do not have to be melted down or reheated as traditionally the case in glass recycling. Soda and beer bottles, even wine bottles are transformed into interesting goblets and fun looking fountain glasses.

Since we are into recycling why don’t we also make our own cleaners, you can just use the things and condiments in your kitchen this will save you not only money but also the garbage of plastic bottles of the cleaners that you bought.

Making your own cleaner is inexpensive and best of all you know exactly what’s gone into them.

Scouring Paste
A simple cleaner for sinks, oven doors, stove tops and inside mugs.

4 tbsp. bicarbonate
1 tbsp water
Mix ingredients into stiff paste and apply with a damp sponge. Buff residue with a dry cloth.

Lavender Disinfectant

Keeps bathroom surfaces hygienic, it also makes a great spray when ironing bed linen.

25 drops lavender essential oil
2 tbsp. methylated spirits or vodka
500 distilled water
Add the oil to the alcohol in a clean dry bottle and leave to dissolve for 24 hours.
Add water and decant into a spray bottle.
Shake mixture thoroughly before use.

Bicarb Cleaner

A general cleaner that is safe to use almost anywhere in the home.

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp pure soap flakes
Squeeze of lemon or dash of white vinegar
1 cup of warm water
Mix ingredients and shake thoroughly until soap is dissolved. Spray and wipe with a kitchen sponge.

There are many more things that you can do with the stuff in your kitchen just being resourceful and you make your own cleaners for your home.


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