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Healthy Cleaning Recipes

All-Purpose Cleaner

2 tablespoons borax
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups hot water

Mix borax and vinegar with water in a spray bottle.
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Recipe adapted from "Clean and Green" by Margaret Harris, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

No-Streak Glass Cleaner

¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 cups warm water

Mix the ingredients; apply with a sponge, or pour into a spray bottle. For lint-free results, wipe dry with crumpled newspaper, and buff to a shine.
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Recipe adapted from "Green Cleaning" by Sharon M. S. Gibson and Pamela R. Turner, The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Furniture Polish

1 lemon
1 teaspoon olive oil (least expensive)
1 teaspoon water

Make fresh polish each time you use it. Extract the juice from the lemon. Mix with oil and water. Apply a thin coat on a wood surface, and let sit for 5 minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine.
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Recipe adapted from "Clean and Green" by Margaret Harris, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.


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Success Stories

Russell Carroll, a housing authority official, shares his story about Extension training.
Healthy Homes Initiative
Volume 3 Number 3

He is already good at what he does as maintenance supervisor with the Canton Housing Authority, but Russell Carroll wants to be even better.

Anytime he gets a chance to participate in a training program, he takes it. Russell Carroll cares about sharing the best practices—and implementing them—to benefit the tenants on his watch.


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