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Safe Homemade Plastic And Vinyl Cleaner

November 03, 2009 By: NB Category: Clean Formulas, Specialty Formulas

plastic vinyl cleaner

plastic vinyl cleaner


Here’s an eco-friendly and inexpensive cleaner for plastic and vinyl. Store in a clearly labeled clean spray bottle out of the reach of pets and children.

1 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons liquid soap

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Safe Homemade Wicker Cleaner

November 03, 2009 By: NB Category: Clean Formulas, Specialty Formulas

wicker cleaner

wicker cleaner


This easy and inexpensive cleaner works on wicker and rattan or other non-lacquered basketry. It’s also environmentally friendly and safe.

1 cup hot water
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons liquid soap

Mix ingredients thoroughly. Apply and lightly scrub with a soft brush. Rinse with plain water by wiping with a saturated cloth or towel.

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Safe Homemade Wood Cleaner

November 03, 2009 By: NB Category: Clean Formulas, Specialty Formulas

wood cleaner

wood cleaner


This is a simple and effective recipe to clean and feed all the wood surfaces in your home – from floors and walls to furniture and fixtures.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup water

Mix thoroughly and store in a clean labeled bottle out of the reach of pets and children. Use 1/4 cup of wood cleaner to a bucket of water.

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

November 01, 2009 By: NB Category: Basic Formulas, Clean Formulas

laundry

laundry detergent


It’s easy and cheap to make your own eco-friendly laundry detergent. The following recipe will make enough detergent for 30 loads and has a shelf life of 4 months.

5 cups soap flakes

5 cups baking soda

2 1/2 cups washing soda

2 1/2 cups borax

Use 1/2 cup of detergent per full load.

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Naphtha

October 03, 2009 By: NB Category: Clean Chemistry, UnSafe Cleaning Agents

oil well

oil well

Naphtha is a hyrdocarbon distillate left over from the process of refining petroleum or coal tar. It is a complex mixture of chemicals which is broken down into other chemicals through steam cracking or catalytic reforming. Some of the chemicals resulting from these processes are ethylene/ethene, propylene/propene, benzine, xylene, and toluene. These chemicals are used in many applications such as producing plastics, synthentic fibers, paints and finishes, solvents and strippers, waxes and polishes, camp stove fuels and to increase the octane rating of gasoline, just to name a few.

Naphtha was first used in cleaning in the mid-19th century when it was discovered that kerosene, paraffin or benzine would remove stains and soil from fabrics. This marked the advent of the dry cleaning industry. In the mid-1890s a process was developed that fixed a naphtha or petroleum benzine into laundry soap – which, during this period of history, came in bars that were shaved or melted in hot water for home laundry use. The first such soap commercially available was Fels-Naptha Soap which is today owned by the Dial Corporation and still on the market. Proctor & Gamble, at one time, produced White Naptha Soap but it is no longer manufactured.

This residue of petroleum refining and all it’s derivatives, all together refered to as “naphthas”, are volatile, flammable, insoluble in water, and incompatible with strong oxidizers. Many hydrocarbons are posionous by inhalation, and some by skin contact. Benzene is a known carcinogen. Naphthas, in general, could cause headache, dizziness, and performance speed reductions, as well as apnea or cardiac arrest as a result of acute exposure. In small amounts naphtha decays rapidly in the environment but can still affect air, water, and soil quality.

Given the possible health consequences, especially for susceptable or sensitive populations, and the possible environmental consequences, I feel that naphtha is not a safe ingredient in cleaning products. Even if it were safe, being a petroleum by-product, it is most definitely NOT a sustainable ingredient. For more in-depth information about naphtha download our special report On The History And Use Of Naptha In Soap in the Resources section.

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