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Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals

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Stainless steel polish
Mineral oil
Toilet bowl cleaner
Paste of borax + lemon juice
Tub and tile cleaner
¼ cup baking soda + ½ cup white vinegar + warm water
Upholstery spot remover
Club soda
Water mark removal
Water softener
¼ cup vinegar
Window cleaner
½ cup vinegar in 1 gallon warm water
Wine stain removal
Wood polish
3 parts olive oil + 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)
Air freshener
Simmer cinnamon & cloves
Aluminum spot remover
2 TBS cream of tartar + 1 quart hot water
Red chili powder at entry
Brass Polish
Worcestershire sauce
Car battery corrosion
Baking soda + water
Chrome polish
Apple cider vinegar; then polish with baby oil
Cleaners (general household)
Baking soda
Coffee cup stain remover
Moist salt
Coffee pot stain
Copper cleaner
Lemon juice + salt
Decal remover
Soak in white vinegar
Dish detergent – grease cutter
½ cup baking soda + usual amount of liquid detergent
Drain Cleaner
Plunger followed by ½ cup baking soda + ½ cup of vinegar + 2 quarts boiling water
Fiberglass stain remover
Baking soda paste
Fleas (on pet)
Pine needles, fennel, rye or rosemary on or in pet’s bed
Flies (insects)
Well watered basil plant
Floor cleaner
1 cup vinegar + 2 gallons water
Furniture polish
1 TBS lemon oil in 1 pint mineral oil
Garbage disposal deodorizer
Used lemons
Grease fire
Douse with baking soda
Grease removal
Borax on a damp cloth
Handcleaner for paint/grease
Baby oil
Ink spot remover
Cold water + 1 TBS cream of tartar + 1 TBS lemon juice
Insects on plants
Soapy water on leaves then rinse
Laundry detergent
Basic soap
Laundry pre-soak
Apply paste of washing soda (Sodium Carbonate, not baking soda) & water, apply to spots
Linoleum floor cleaner
1 cup white vinegar + 2 gallons water
Mildew remover
Equal parts of vinegar & salt
Mosquito repellant
Burn citronella candles
Nematode (worm) repellant
Plant marigolds
Oil stain remover
White chalk rubbed into stain before laundering
Oven Cleaner
2 TBS liquid soap + 2 tsp borax + warm water
Paint brush softener
Hot vinegar
Paint; oil based/stain/spray
Water-based, non-aerosol paints
Perspiration spot remover
Baking soda
Pet odor remover
Cider vinegar
Porcelain cleaner
Apply paste of baking soda & water, let set, run clean, rinse
Roach repellant
Chopped bay leaves & cucumber skins
Rug/carpet cleaner
Club soda
Rust removal (clothing)
Lemon juice + salt + sunlight
Rusty bolt/nut removal
Carbonated beverage
Scorch mark removal
Grated onion
Scouring powder
Baking soda
Shaving cream
Brush & shaving soap
Shoe polish
Banana peel
Silver polish
1 quart boiling water + 1 TBS baking soda + piece of aluminum foil, + 1 TBS salt
Slug & snail repellant
Onion & marigold plants
Spot remover
Club soda, lemon juice or salt

Source: Action Wakefield Watersheds Alliance 

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