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Opt To Act Simple Action #26 - Ditch the chemicals and make your own household cleaner.

Join REI In making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 26: Ditch the chemicals. Warm water, vinegar and elbow grease make a great household cleaner.

Have you ever looked at the labels on your bottles of household cleaner? Although traditional cleaners can be effective at getting rid of the dirt and germs that may be hiding on oft-used surfaces, many cleaners also contain not-so-great chemicals that contribute to smog and can be toxic to pets. (The EPA flags phosphorus, nitrogen and ammonia, in particular, as “volatile organic compounds” to avoid.) As an alternative, mix warm water and vinegar together (use a one-to-one ratio) with a few drops of a fresh-smelling essential oils, like lemongrass or orange. Shake to combine, then spray the cleaner on your counters, use some elbow grease to clean dirty areas, and wipe dry. The Spruce has a guide to making your own cleaners if you need additional suggestions.

Take part: May 24–30, 2020

At REI, we believe a life outdoors is a life well lived.
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