GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK - 04/12/11

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Spring is here. Time to get out the mop. Here are some green cleaning tips.

Skip the air fresheners. Chemical fresheners can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.

Use vegetable-based cleaning products instead of harsh chemical cleaners. Vegetable-based cleaners, like those made with coconut oil, are becoming more popular every day.

Vinegar, nature's cleaning miracle, can be used to clean just about anything. Use it straight to clean kitchen floors or wash windows, mix it with baking soda and essential oils to clean sinks, and even use it to remove stains in your carpet.

Skip the harsh chemical cleaners in the bathroom. Make that porcelain sparkle with non-chlorine bleach cleaners or white vinegar and a baking soda-water paste.

When you make the switch to natural cleaning products, be sure to safely dispose of any dangerous chemical products. Don't pour them down the drain, into the ground, or into the trash. Read the labels or check with your waste management provider for options.

Gardening update: This is a great time to plant strawberries, and also broccoli, potatoes, lettuce and other greens.

It's our world. If we produce, reuse and recycle responsibly, we'll all benefit.

From Sustainable Walla Walla and the WWCC Go Green Club. More tips at www.sustainableww.org.

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