Green Cleaners and Stain Removers

Good stain removers include hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and laundry soap bars, such as Zote, Lirio, and other brands available at Latino or Afro-Carribbean stores and on line. They are safe for you and the environment.


Hydrogen peroxide can be poured directly on whites, blood stains, chocolate stains, baby formula stains and others. Leave on the area an hour or more and rinse. Your T-shirts, collars, diapers, all laundry will shine white. A bar of laundry soap rubbed directly onto wet clothing removes dirt, many stains, and cleans up those gym socks without chlorine.

A capful of alcohol or mouthwash can be poured into a wash (diapers, underclothing, towels, kitchen linen, or poured straight into a spray bottle). It sanitizes clothing and is a great all purpose wipe for phones, faucets, and many other washable surfaces that contact dirty hands. With a microfiber cloth in one hand and a spray bottle in the other, I am a cleaning force to be reckoned with. Start with the cleanest surfaces first, then work your way down to the dirtiest, rinsing your cloth as needed or using different cloths for different areas. Inexpensive and effective.


By SAT from Silver Spring, MD

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