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Ecological and economical home cleaning products
by France Bergeron

Did you know that most cleaning products used in the house contains chemicals that are not only harmful to our lake but are not very good for our health in general?

We can protect our family and our lake by using environmentally friendly and chemical-free cleaning products, now sold in most stores in Val-des-Monts.

If you run out of your biodegradable, chemical-free products or find them too costly (they do cost a bit more), you can try the following recipes. They are very easy to do and cost a fraction of the price that you would pay in store.

All-purpose cleaner
Mix 125 ml (1/2 cup) vinegar and 65 ml (1/4 cup) baking soda into 2 litres (1/2 gallon) water. Store and keep.

Mix 125 ml (½ cup) borax into 4 litres (1 gallon) of hot water to disinfect and deodorize (some hospitals use this recipe).

Isopropyl alcohol is also an excellent disinfectant, but use gloves to prevent skin irritation.

Drain cleaner
To open clogs, pour 125 ml (1/2 cup) baking soda down the drain, add 1/2 cup white vinegar, and cover the drain. The resulting reaction can break fatty acids down into the soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. Fill with hot water (not too hot if your drains are plastic). Again, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener as the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.

Use less baking soda and vinegar, 2 tablespoons of each, to regularly clean your drains. This can prevent clogs.

If you have any environmentally friendly homemade recipes that work well, please share them with us and we will publish them in one of our future newsletter.

You tried the recipes above? Tell us if you like them or not.
Who knows, this could lead to the Lac St-Pierre residents' favourite cleaning recipes book.

Caution: Make sure to keep all homemade products labelled and out of reach of children.
Do not use homemade products with commercial products, as resulting reactions are unpredictable.