LiveGreen - 'Green' spring cleaning

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If you haven't gotten around to spring cleaning yet (most likely because it hasn't felt like spring) fear not. There's a way to clean your house without all the harsh chemicals.

Here are some tips from The Daily Green and Mother Nature Network.

  • A spray bottle filled with a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water will clean hard surfaces like countertops, windows, tile and floors.
  • Cutting boards can be sanitized with an application of white vinegar or lemon juice left on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
  • Lemon peels will deodorize a garbage disposal.
  • To clean toilets, flush once and sprinkle baking soda. Then spray with vinegar and let it foam. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush to rinse.
  • A thick paste of baking soda, salt and water applied to the floor and walls of your oven and left overnight can be scraped off the next day, taking the baked-on grime with it.
  • Club soda will clean stains on fabric and carpet. Apply right away, then blot dry with a clean cloth.

Mother Nature Network and The Daily Green also have recipes for economical, non-toxic cleaners using ingredients found in most homes. The Environmental Working Group provides information about safe commercial cleaning products.


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Practice energy curtailment measures

In true Nebraska fashion we went from a frost warning this past Saturday to potentially mid-90s today. To prepare for summer temps, UNMC's LiveGreen leaders encourage us to practice energy curtailment measures today:
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room or that are unnecessary
  • Close your mini-blinds or curtains
  • Shut fume hood sashes when not in use
  • Don’t use the ADA buttons on doors
  • Unplug any devices that are not in use