Think Green When You Clean

Many of us know you can make an effective and chemical-free household cleaner by mixing together water and either white or slightly stronger cleaning vinegar. Perhaps you don’t use this inexpensive, homemade mixture, because you dislike vinegar’s sharp odor. This will dissipate quickly, as soon as it dries.

The real magic of cleaning with vinegar is that it can be used straight to clean some wetted surfaces more effectively than chemical cleaners. Vinegar contains 5 or 6% acetic acid which is powerful enough to dissolve mineral deposits and food grease. You’ve probably purchased different cleaning products for these purposes, but with limited success. Most cleaners contain harmful chemicals that are bad for our environment and our health. When toxic materials from these cleaners go down the drain, they end up in our water streams which is no good for anyone.

To remove mineral deposits on windows and glass doors in the path of un-softened irrigation water, wet them thoroughly and generously apply undiluted vinegar. It is important to let it dry for 15 minutes or more so the acetic acid can work. Rinse well and wipe or squeegee dry. Follow the same procedure using straight vinegar to dissolve grease from wetted stovetops and glass.

If you have harsh cleaners or other chemicals you want to dispose of, you can do so for free at the Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on September 26th from 9am-2pm at the Canyons lower parking lot. Safely get rid of cleaners, gasoline, motor oil, paints, fertilizers and many other hazardous materials. The full list is on the Recycle Utah website.