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Green cleaning solutions you can make at home

There are products free of toxic chemicals likely sitting in your home right now.

These can be used for a variety of uses and include baking soda, Bon Ami cleanser, borax, cornstarch, lemon juice, liquid dish soap, vegetable or olive oil, salt, washing soda and white vinegar.

Want to make your own cleaner?

Below are some sample recipes:

All-purpose cleaner

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon borax
  • 3½ cups hot water
  • 20 drops of lemon or lavender essential oil
  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap

Mix the ingredients in a 32-ounce spray bottle, adding the soap last.

Furniture polish

  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice

Mix into a glass jar and dab soft rag into solution and wipe on wood surface.

Source: Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance Clearinghouse and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District.

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