Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on May 15, 2008
No one wants to use ammonia anymore, right? No one except my non-“G” coworker, who just leaned over to me and said, “If it doesn’t stink, it isn’t clean!” Here are a couple of solutions that can save you from the nasty toxins of ammonia, some of which might even be stinky enough for my friend.
Vinegar is a great (and stinky) alternative to ammonia-based cleaners. Heinz purports that their vinegar can clean an amazing amount of things in your home: microwaves, coffeemakers, wine stains, ceiling fans, windows, showers, curtains — even salt stains off of shoes. Vinegar is actually a weak acid, so it’s quite effective and much better for your lungs.
Also, many of the remedies your grandmother used to clean up are green and healthy, G-mother suggestions, if you will. Olive oil works as a furniture polish, hydrogen peroxide as a kitchen disinfectant, while baking soda basically gets anything out of anything, including crayon from walls. The same goes for club soda. And a good use for that awful bottle of vodka your friends left last week is to clean the glasses they left with them. And for the hippies in the crowd, some essential oils have antibacterial properties and can be used to make your own cleaner (which may also be stinky enough for my friend).
I understand her hesitation because we have come to associate the “clean smell” with ammonia-based products. But there are many alternatives for those who don’t want to poison themselves and the earth. And that’s a good thing.
(via Green Daily)