Green Tip of the Week!

Green It Yourself! How YOU can make your RedHawk life a little Greener.

By Evan Martinsek

Tip of the week:
Make your own household cleaners! Here’s a list of the top ingredients to use for green DIY cleaners.

  1. Baking Soda no_name_sans_nom_baking_sodaDid you know that baking soda can be used to clean kitchen surfaces?  A sprinkle of baking soda and a damp sponge should clean most stains. Simply soak hard-to-remove stains for a few minutes before wiping those counters. Baking soda can also make your cabinets or fridge smell fresh! Just store the box right inside. Another great use for baking soda? Oven cleaner!
  2. Lemonslemon-1024641_960_720Lemons can be used to clean your sink. As a natural antibacterial, you can clean faucets by adding just a little salt. You can also clean dirty laundry stains by scrubbing a lemon against the stain and letting it soak in warm water for a few hours before throwing the clothes in the wash. Have a smelly garbage can? Just peel off that lemon rind and put it beneath the bag: almost-instantly lemon fresh!
  3. Vinegarcoconut_vinegar_8681608491Vinegar is awesome at killing all manners of bacteria and viruses within seconds of contact! Wash your windows by applying two tablespoons of vinegar and wiping with a warm water paper towel or rag. A quarter cup of vinegar and 30oz of warm water can also bring life back to hardwood floors.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide

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Hydrogen peroxide is the tough – and safe – cleaner of your dreams! While not harmful for you, it is perfect to remove grease, stains, mildew, etc., from bathroom and kitchen surfaces, even your toilet. Simply soak in the solution for half an hour before wiping it clean.
Come back next week for more tips on how to get Green!

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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