Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Q&A about green cleaning

Q&A about green cleaning

What is borax?
Household borax is a powder or crystalline salt made from sodium borate.
It is often used as a water softener and disinfectant.

What is washing soda?
It is in the same family as baking soda but is more caustic. It cuts grease, removes wax or lipstick and neutralizes odors in the same way as baking soda does. It is found in most supermarkets.

Is vegetable glycerin necessary to use?
It is a preservative and byproduct of palm- and coconut-oil production.
It will significantly increase the shelf life of large batches of cleaners.

What are essential oils?
Liquids formed from the distillation of the leaves, stems or flowers of a plant. They add scent to the product and have anti-bacterial properties.

Where can soap flakes be purchased?
Some natural-food stores sell them. But it’s easiest to make them using any nonliquid castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate or diethanolamine. Simply grate it with a cheese grater.

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