Oxford English Dictionary Definition:

Clean (adjective) – free from dirt, pollutants, or harmful substances

Reading this definition gets me thinking that those who wrote the Oxford English Dictionary may practice using Green Cleaning!  Could it be?  Maybe.  But really, up until 60 years ago or so, most households used “Earth Friendly” means to clean their homes, because the chemical alternatives simply didn’t exist.

One of the most harmful chemicals out there for “cleaning” is Drano, but not only is it harmful, it’s expensive!

Recipe: Clean Green Alternative to Drano

This recipe will also clean your tea kettle (or pot) at the same time!  A two-for-one!  The entire solution, including your water, costs no more than $.50

– Fill a Tea Kettle (if not using a kettle, use a pot) two-thirds full with 1/2 white distilled vinegar and 1/2 water

– Bring solution to a rolling boil for 3 minutes (it will smell of vinegar – this will deodarize your kitchen and the smell will dissipate quickly.)

– Put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain that needs un-clogging

– Take kettle of boiling hot water/vinegar solution and pour it down the drain with the baking soda SLOWLY.  Together, the baking soda and water/vinegar solution will eat away at debris in the pipes.

– Bring the kettle back and fill it with just water – bring to a boil for 3 minutes (this cleans out the kettle from the vinegar.)

– You can either dump the boiling water out as you normally would, or place it down the same drain that you were clearing for good measure, and to make sure it’s clear.

And you’re done without a special trip to the store.

Why I like using Green methods for cleaning:

1) Saves Money (this is a big one for me!  Who doesn’t like this?)

2) More Convenient (you probably have everything already at home.)

3) Saves Time (I end up using the same products over and over again for different tasks, and don’t have to run to the store for each task!)

4) Cleans without leaving a residue (residue of chemicals.)

5) Cleans without any harmful side effects to the air quality in my home and the waterways (ever notice how you can’t breathe as well when using chemicals to clean?)

6) I don’t have to store harmful and deadly chemicals in my home that may harm my pets or children