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  House Cleaning
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You don’t need harsh cleaning products to clean your home. Some commercial household cleaning products can be hazardous to you and your family health. The key to easy, safer cleaning is prevention: prevent build-up of dirt and housecleaning will be easier.
  • For all-purpose cleaners: DO mix a small amount of liquid soap with water in a spray bottle and wipe dry with sponge. Or DO sprinkle baking soda or mix baking soda with water and scrub with a wet sponge.
  • For bathroom cleaners: DO soak sink, shower, tub, and tile grout with diluted liquid soap, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a white nylon scrubbing pad and rinse. If any residue occurs, DO rinse with vinegar and cold water.
  • For vinyl floors: DO mop floor with warm water mixed with ½ cup of vinegar. To remove black heel marks on floors, DO rub with a pencil or typewriter eraser.
  • For copper and brass: DO saturate a sponge or soft cloth with vinegar or lemon juice, sprinkle salt on sponge and rub. DO rinse thoroughly and dry, otherwise it will corrode rapidly.
  • For lightly soiled ovens: DO make a thick paste with water and baking soda. Scrub well with a white nylon-scrubbing pad. If oven is greasy, add a small amount of liquid soap.
  • For windows: DO use cool water with a cloth and squeegee. For dirty windows, DO mix ¼ cup of vinegar with water in a quart spray bottle. DO use a clean white nylon-scrubbing pad for stubborn dirt.
For more information on house cleaning tips, obtain a copy of the "Clean It" guide from the Clean Water Program Coordinator.