sustainability corner

SCS Sustainability Corner: Spring Cleaning!

June 7, 2017

The SCS Sustainability Committee has been monitoring processes within our offices to encourage recycling and sustainable behavior, seeking to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and align our company’s operations with our values.

Recently, the committee has been discussing ways that we can reach even further in our efforts and we thought we could use our blog to reach out to all of you and offer tips to encourage more sustainable practices you can use at home.  I would like to introduce you to a new section of our SCS Blog we are calling the Sustainability Corner!

We begin with Spring Cleaning!

Swap Household Cleaners – Switching to green cleaners reduces air pollution both indoors and out, minimizing exposure to asthma and allergy triggers, as well as chemicals that can be harmful to your health and have a lasting effect on the environment. Bonus wellness points!  Look for plant-based products from companies that have a complete list of ingredients on their labels.

Here is a list of commercially available products that you can easily find at stores like Target or Home Depot:

Make Your Own Cleaners – With just a few inexpensive ingredients, you can easily make your own natural cleaning products that will be safer for your children and pets:

  • All-Purpose Natural Household Cleaner
    In a spray bottle, mix 9 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. You can add a few drops of dish soap, as well. Add essential oils if you’d like to minimize the strong smell of the vinegar. Melaleuca oil or lavender can be used as a cleansing, deodorizing, and purifying agent.
  • Glass and Mirrors
    The windows in your home can be effectively cleaned with 4 tablespoons lemon juice mixed with a half-gallon of water. Other effective cleaners for glass and mirrors are rubbing alcohol and witch hazel.
  • Bare Floors
    Mix one cup vinegar with one gallon of warm water and use it to mop ceramic tile, linoleum, vinyl, or wood floors. There is no need to rinse afterward either, which saves time and water.  If it looks dull after cleaning, simply mop over it with club soda!
  • Bug Spray and Pesticide
    Prevention is your best bet to control pests. Keeping your kitchen crumb-free and sealing any holes in the walls or cracks in the foundation means you won’t have to use harmful chemicals in your home.  If you do require pest control, a solution of peppermint oil and warm water is a deterrent to mice, roaches, flies and fleas.
  • Microwave
    Fill a bowl with water and place it in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. The steam from the water will loosen any food particles. Spray with the all-purpose cleaner recipe above and wipe down. For deodorizing, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bottle of water, shake well until dissolved, and spray the entire surface allowing it to sit for several minutes before wiping clean.
  • Stove and Oven
    Sprinkle baking soda over charred food and scrub with a wet rag. For stubborn areas, spray the all-purpose natural household cleaner above over the baking soda and allow it to sit for several minutes before resuming scouring.
  • Toilets
    The seat and outside of the toilet can be cleaned with the all-purpose spray recipe. Pour a half cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl, allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes, then spray with the all-purpose vinegar solution above and scrub with a toilet brush. For really dirty toilets, use up to 100% white vinegar.
  • Vinyl
    Dipping a cloth in lemon juice and rubbing it onto the stained area can remove stains on vinyl items such as recliners or tile flooring.
  • Furniture Polishing
    Mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice and apply it to your furniture using a soft cloth. When a hot serving dish or glass of water has marred the surface of a wood table, you can get rid of the mark by making a thin paste of salad oil or lemon oil and salt.  Wipe the paste on, and then lightly buff the area as you wipe it off with a soft cloth.
  • Metal Work
    Restore shine to tarnished copper or brass without any damage by making a paste of equal parts salt, vinegar, and flour. Rub the paste onto the brass or copper item with a soft cloth, let it dry, and wipe off the paste with a clean, soft cloth.


Author: Jennifer Mancini


Sustainability Services at SCS




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