Green cleaning tips

3:26 PM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Alisa Reckinger, who does Environmental Education for Hennepin County, joined KARE 11 News @4 to show how easy it is to create non-toxic cleaning supplies for the home. There is a preview for a free event taking place this weekend.

Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In partnership with Do it Green! Minnesota, guests can learn about "Tools for a Greener Future," which is the theme of this year's event.

Many common household products, such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and liquid dish soap, can make effective, non-toxic cleaners. Making your own non-toxic cleaners can reduce the amount of hazardous products in your home and save you money.

To make an all-purpose cleaner, mix ½ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap and water. Add a few drops of lemon juice, if desired.

Use baking soda and a little bit of dish soap to clean sinks, tubs, toilets and your oven. Baking soda can also be used as a spot cleaner on carpets.

Make sure to label any cleaners you make with the ingredients.

If making your own cleaners isn't your thing, look for third-party labels like Green Seal and the EPA's Design for the Environment. You can also check out which rates products on their health, environmental and social performance.

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