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Environmentally Friendly Products

One of the easiest ways to help our lake is to choose environmentally friendly cleaning products. There are now some great products that are both as effective as other products as well as less harmful.

Good Guide

The Good Guide is an American site that lists and ranks the environments impact of various products. Remember that not all Canadian products will be listed there, and that some of the products listed are only available south of the border. Nonetheless, it is a good resource. For more information, visit their web site at www.goodguide.com

Method

Method are the "people against dirty", and they have a wide range of excellent products. They are conveniently available at Shoppers Drugmart. For more information, visit their web site at www.methodhome.com/products/

Nature Clean

Nature Clean is Canada's oldest and leading brand of environmentally safe, non-toxic, household cleaning, laundry and body care products. For more information, visit their web site at www.naturecleanliving.com

Natura

These products are sold at Home Hardware stores across Canada. The wonder cloth is apparently made from 100% natural wood fibres, and resists bacterial growth, thus making it an ideal multi-use cloth. It feels pretty stiff straight out of the package, but it will mellow out a little with some use!

Another product is the Natura static-free, re-usable dryer sheets. Each box contains 2 re-usable sheets and they are good for more than 500 loads. Im not sure if that is 500 each or combined, but either way this is not only more eco-friendly but also quite a bit cheaper than Bounce or other dryer sheets. The box cost $12.95, so even if it was only good for 500 loads total, thats 5X more than the 100-sheets of Bounce (which probably cost $4 or $5).

Also, one other thing worthy of mention it looks as though some money is donated to the Tree Canada Foundation for any Natura products (or at least the Wonder Cloth) purchased.

Holding Tank Treatment by Natura
Holding Tank Treatment by Natura
Drain and Spetic Tank Maintainer by Natura
Drain and Spetic Tank Maintainer by Natura
Borax by Natura
Borax by Natura
Dishwasher Gel by Natura
Dishwasher Gel by Natura
Dishwashing Liquid by Natura
Dishwashing Liquid by Natura
Dishwashing Liquid by Natura (refill)
Dishwashing Liquid by Natura (refill)
Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid by Natura
Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid by Natura
Dryer Sheets by Natura
Dryer Sheets by Natura
Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Natura
Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Natura
Concentrated Laundry Detergent by Natura
Concentrated Laundry Detergent by Natura
Concentrated Laundry Detergent by Natura
Concentrated Laundry Detergent by Natura
Fabric Softener by Natura
Fabric Softener by Natura
Carpet Stain Remover by Natura
Carpet Stain Remover by Natura
Glass Cleaner by Natura
Glass Cleaner by Natura
Odour Eliminator by Natura
Odour Eliminator by Natura
Tile and Grout Cleaner by Natura
Tile and Grout Cleaner by Natura
Concentrated Tile and Grout Cleaner by Natura
Concentrated Tile and Grout Cleaner by Natura
General Purpose Cleaner by Natura
General Purpose Cleaner by Natura

Other Products Available in Gravenhurst

The following items are some more environmentally friendly products that can be found at the Independent Grocers in Gravenhurst.

Shampoo by Natures Harmony
Shampoo by Natures Harmony
Tile & Bath Cleaner by Nature Clean
Tile & Bath Cleaner by Nature Clean
All-Purpose Cleaner by Simply Clean
All-Purpose Cleaner by Simply Clean
Liquid Laundry Detergent by Nature Clean
Liquid Laundry Detergent by Nature Clean
Dish Soap by President's Choice
Dish Soap by President's Choice
Steel Wool by S.O.S.
Steel Wool by S.O.S.
Dish Soap by bio*life
Dish Soap by bio*life
Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener by BioGreen
Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener by BioGreen
Dishwasher Tabs by BioGreen
Dishwasher Tabs by BioGreen

Home Made Environmentally Friendly Products

Inexpensive old-fashioned substances can easily replace more toxic cleaners and chemicals around the house. This handy chart is compiled from the Ecology Action Centre, Environment Canada, Greenpeace, Pollution Probe, Eartheasy, and from Canadians for a Clean Environment.

Category Product Alternative
Cleaners Drain cleaner Mix equal portions of baking soda and vinegar OR mix 1 cup (250 ml) baking soda, 1 cup (250 ml) salt and 1/4 cup (50 ml) cream of tartar Pour 1/4 cup (50 ml) of either mixture into drain weekly. After 15 minutes, follow with pot of boiling water. Flush with cold water. Do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener - the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.
Oven cleaner 1/4 cup (50 ml) ammonia. Preheat oven for 20 minutes. Turn off. Place ammonia in shallow (non aluminium) pan, fill with water and place in oven overnight. In morning, clean with baking soda and water.
All-purpose cleaner 1/4 cup (50 ml) baking soda, 1/2 cup (125 ml) ammonia, 1/4 cup (50 ml) vinegar, 1 gallon (4 litres) warm water.
Toilet bowl cleaner 1,000 mg vitamin C overnight OR baking soda OR mild detergent OR borax
Tub and Tile cleaner Rub baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first and follow with baking soda as a scouring powder.
Glass cleaner 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water. Clean with newspapers or cotton cloth.
Rug/upholstery Sprinkle liberally with cornstarch/baking soda mixture OR 2 parts cornmeal, 1part borax; leave 1 hour, then vacuum.
Chlorine bleach Borax or washing soda
Abrasive scouring powder Baking soda
Paint brush cleaner Non-toxic, citrus oil based solvents
Washing Detergents Laundry detergent Add 1/4 cup (50 ml) washing soda as washer fills. Add clothes and 1-1/2 cups (375 ml) soap powder. If your water is hard, add 1/4 cup (50 ml) washing soda OR 1/2 cup (125 ml) vinegar at first rinse.
Automatic dishwasher detergent Use equal parts of washing soda and borax. Do not use on teflon or aluminum pots.
Dishwashing detergent Place 500ml (2 cups) of grated bar soap or soap flakes in a pot. Add 4 litres of water. Heat to boiling to dissolve soap. Cool. Store tightly covered.
Ceramic tile cleaners Approximately 1/2 cup of vinegar in 4 litres of water. Scrub floor with solution.
Metal Cleaners and Polishes Aluminum Using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
Brass or bronze Polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon and baking soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution.
Chrome Polish with baby oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil shiny side out.
Copper Soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tbsp. salt and 1 cup of white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on the cloth before wiping.
Gold Clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar and flour.
Silver Toothpaste OR cover bottom of stainless steel pot with aluminum foil. Fill with 1 litre of boiling water. Add 1 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt. Soak silver for 15 minutes. This method should not be used on silver plating.
Stainless steel Clean with a soft cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar.
Furniture polish Dissolve 1 tsp (10 ml) lemon oil in 2 cups (500 ml) mineral oil.
Floor polish Melt 1/8 cup (20ml) of paraffin wax. Add 1 quart of mineral oil.
Shoe polish Apply olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice to shoes using a thick cotton or terry rag. Leave for a few minutes; wipe and buff with a clean, dry cloth. Walnut oil and other nut oils also work well.
Pests Moths and mothballs Use cedar chips (aromatic cedar) in a cheesecloth or cedar oil in an absorbant cloth or bayleaves to repel moths. Homemade moth-repelling sachets can be made with lavender, rosemary, vetiver and rose petals. Dried lempeels are also a natural moth deterrent.
Flies Place honey on yellow paper on the window sill.
Ants Will retreat from: cucumber, or lemon juice and lemon peel, or red chili powder, or paprika, or dried peppermint leaves, or lines of chalk, or damp coffee grounds, or bone meal, or talcum. Place at point of entry.
Fleas Add Brewers' yeast to your pets diet: 5ml for each kilogram of weight, twice a week, depending on the severity of the infestation.
Earwigs, cockroaches, snails, slugs Set a trap with a bottle containing stale beer or a raw potato (lightly grease thebottle's neck). OR kill with a mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar.
Caterpillars Melt 15 ml of paraffin wax on low heat and mix with 1-1/2 cup (375ml) rosin and 1 cup (250ml) lineseed oil. Spread mixture around base of tree.
Aphids In blender, mix garlic and green onion tops. Strain and mix liquid with soapy water. Spray garden, wait 1/2 hour and rinse.
Garden pests Place a handful of tobacco in 4 quarts (approx. 4 litres) of warm water. Let stand for 24 hours. Dilute and spray on plants. OR blend 3 hot peppers, half an onion, and 1 clove of garlic in 4 quarts (approx. 4 litres) of warm water. Let stand for 2 days. Strain and spray on plants.
Rats/mice Mousetraps
Garden Products Weedkiller Keep lawn over 2-1/2 inches (5 cm) long; hand pick weeds; hoe.
Pesticides Insecticidal soap, hand-pick insects, tobacco spray, companion planting, biological pest control (see above).
Household Products Fabric dye Natural dyes
Air freshener Set out vinegar or baking soda with lemon juice in an open dish; potpourri; baking soda in fridges, diaper pails. For cooking odour, simmer 1 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice in 1 cup (250ml) of water.
Enamel/oil-based paint Latex or water-based paint, limestone-based whitewash, casein-based paint
Lime deposits For lime deposits in your tea kettle use 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 2 cups (500ml) water, and gently boil for a few minutes. Rinse well with fresh water while kettle is still warm. Lemon juice will work too in place of vinegar.