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Green Cleaning

03/28/2017 03:27PM ● Published by Digital Media Director

By: Jessica Lantgen, City of Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator

Have you ever thought about the types of cleaning products you use? Many chemicals used for cleaning can have negative impacts on your health, your pocket book and the environment. For example, some chemicals contain volatile organic compounds, which can make the air pollution in your home up to 10 times worse than outdoors. Also, the fragrance used in these products is typically made from a blend of up to 4,000 separate synthetic ingredients, which we are exposed to by breathing them in or absorbing them through our skin. Phosphates found in laundry and dishwasher detergents are washed into the watershed and cause unhealthy conditions for aquatic life and algae blooms, which turn water bodies green.

By making your own cleaning products, you’ll know exactly what is in the products you are using. You’ll also save money. Chances are, you likely have many of the ingredients needed and you’ll help the environment by producing less waste and using fewer chemicals!

Below are a few easy recipes to get you started making your own green cleaning products.

All-Purpose Cleaner

1.      Mix ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 2 liters of water.

2.      Store and keep in a reusable container.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet basin.

2. Let it set for a few minutes.

3. Scrub with brush and rinse.

Dishwasher Detergent

1. Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Borax, and 1/2 cup salt well and store in airtight container.

2. To use, add 1 tablespoon to each of the two compartments in your dishwasher and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your rinse compartment.

If you have unwanted household chemicals and you live in Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha or Turner county, you can bring them to the City of Sioux Falls’ Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHWF) for free. 

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