February 1, 1999
Tips for living downstream
from Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Every individual can act to protect and enhance Puget Sound. Here are steps you can take that will help keep our water clean. After all, we all live downstream. Conduct an inventory of these common household products. Then, consider the following environmentally friendly substitutes:
- Drain cleaner: Use a plunger, followed by 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 quarts boiling water.
- Wood furniture polish: Use three parts olive oil to one part white vinegar.
- Scouring powder: Use baking soda or non-phosphate/non-chlorine cleanser.
- Glass cleaner: Use 1/4 cup white vinegar mixed with one quart warm water.
- Vinyl floor cleaner: Use 1/2 cup white vinegar or 1/4 cup borax with one gallon of water. (Borax is considered a less toxic alternative.)
- Mothballs: Use cedar blocks or chips or a cedar-scented sachet.