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Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipes : TipNut.com

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Try These Homemade Cleaners To Tackle Grimy OvensRecipe #1

Baking Soda

Water

Dish Detergent

Directions:

Fill a spray bottle with water and spray oven generously.

Generously sprinkle baking soda over the water. Leave overnight.

The next day wipe out much of the baking soda and grime.

Soak a sponge in hot water, squeeze out excess water and scrub the inside of the oven with liquid dish detergent first drizzled over the sponge.

Recipe #2

Ammonia

Water

Baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200° then turn off oven.

In an ovenproof dish, fill with ammonia and set on middle rack of oven (about 1 to 2 cups of ammonia).

In another ovenproof dish, fill with boiling water and set on bottom rack of oven (2 cups).

Leave overnight.

The next morning, remove dishes and wipe down the oven with a hot wet sponge first drizzled with baking soda.

Recipe #3

3 tsp Borax

1/4 cup vinegar

1/8 cup liquid dish soap

2 cups hot water

Baking soda (do not add to mix)

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.

Spray mixture in oven generously.

Sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda on top.

Spray liquid mixture over the baking soda.

Leave overnight.

The next morning wipe out the cleaning mixture and wash the oven with hot soapy water.

Recipe #4

1 cup baking soda

1/3 cup table salt

Water

Directions:

Spray oven well with water.

Mix together the dry ingredients then sprinkle over the water.

Spray again with water.

Leave overnight. Wipe out the next morning and scrub oven with hot soapy water.

You can also use this homemade softscrub cleaner for the next day’s scrubbing after using one of the methods above.

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Sneaky Ways to Cut Your Fuel Bill

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10 Ways to Green Your Home | LiveScience

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Green Home – iVillage

Trouble Spot: The Refrigerator

The refrigerator is where many people store plastic food storage containers; these may be hazardous to your health and can leach BPA into foods when heated.

Healthier option: Instead of plastic, opt for glass containers. “Glass is great for storing,” says Greene. If you must use plastic, look for the best possible plastics (#2 HDPE, #4 LDPE and #5 PP) and those that let you know they are free of BPA and phalates.

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Saving Tips

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Seasonal energy savers

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Green Cleaning Recipes – Natural Cleaner Recipes for Spring Cleaning – The Daily Green

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Green Cleaning Recipes – Natural Cleaner Recipes for Spring Cleaning – The Daily Green.

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Conventional oven cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxic ingredients, including ethers, ethylene glycol, lye (sodium and potassium hydroxide), methylene chloride and petroleum distillates. The products are harmful to skin and eyes, and the fumes are unhealthy. Instead, go natural!

Baking Soda and Water: Coat the inside of your dirty appliance with a paste made from water and baking soda. Let stand overnight. Then, don gloves and scour off that grime. Make spotless with a moist cloth.

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/green-cleaning-spring-cleaning-460303#ixzz15M0fk4TT

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Sierra Club Green Home » Blog Archive » Sierra Club Low-Flow Showerheads

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Sierra Club Green Home » Blog Archive » Fireplaces

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