Green cleaning is important anywhere, but it's even more important when it comes to the great outdoors. You don't want to have bleach-filled suds draining onto your lush green lawn, do you? Take our quiz and find out how to clean outdoors the green way.
Four items that make for effective green cleaners are salt, lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar.
You can clean lawn furniture by using one cup of baking soda mixed with some warm water. Rinse the baking soda off thoroughly.
Prevent your wicker lawn furniture from yellowing by scrubbing it with a brush dipped in salt water. Then dry the furniture in the sun, turning occasionally so that the sun reaches all parts.
Take baking soda along with you on a camping trip. You can use it to deodorize your sleeping bag and the outhouse, to brush teeth and clean pots and pans.
Sprinkle those grease stains with baking soda and leave for an hour. Then brush away the baking soda with a broom and repeat if necessary.
To clean the grease off a barbeque, first apply baking soda to the warm, but not hot, grill racks and plate. Dab the baking soda with vinegar to get a foamy action going and then scrub with a stiff brush.
Clean mildew off pool toys by mixing a quarter of a cup of baking soda with a quart of warm water.
A good way to clean window screens is to dip a damp wire brush in baking soda and scrub off the grime. Rinse thoroughly with a hose.
Make a paste of salt, lemon juice and cream of tartar. Mix equal parts of salt and cream of tartar, then add enough lemon juice to form a paste thick enough that it won't slide off a vertical surface.
Instead of relying on toxic solvents to clean metals from grease and dirt, mix one part vinegar with five parts water. This should effectively cut through the grease and dirt.