April 22 is Earth Day. At Cartonnerie Montreal ™, every day is a tribute to the Earth. Thanks to our environmentally conscious customers, and every step taken to reduce the environmental footprint and save trees. According to the US Agency for Environmental Protection, each ton of recycled cardboard boxes reduces consumption of energy equivalent to 681 gallons of gasoline, or the need to plant 154 tree seedlings and care for them over 10 years. A performance which explains the fact that recycling reduces the demand for manufacturing new containers.

An ultra-ecological spring cleaning

A sunny spring is finally upon us. As we open our windows to air a bit, we find that the winter and autumn months have left our windows, and the house in great need of refreshment. Moreover, it seems that the indoor air is 10 to 20 times more polluted than outdoor air. It is time to get rid of 900 volatile organic compounds that invade the air in our homes. Whether you are preparing a move or arrival in a new home, sprucing it up always feels good. In any case, we happily propose an arsenal to attack the task of spring cleaning. We suggest these ideas to create green products, that are ecological and economical to protect the environment. Every little bit counts for the Earth. Your home will shine as bright as your smile of satisfaction.

Basic ingredients that are economical and easy to find

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_eco-cleaning-receipe.pngMost green cleaning products all have the same base and the ingredients are very easy to find in all stores: vinegar, baking soda, lemon, ecological soap, salt, boiled or distilled water etc. Just a few little tricks to make effective cleaning products. Just make sure to mix them in the right order and proportions.

Abrasive paste

To clean bathtubs, sinks, garbage cans, countertops, very dirty floors, and toilet bowls. This recipe is ideal for removing dirt and grease.

In a preferably recycled or recyclable plastic bowl add the following in order and mix:

  • 1. 1 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 2. ¼ cup liquid dish soap (ecological)
  • 3. 2 tablespoons water
  • 4. 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

 

All purpose cleaner

The cleanser works miracles for most needs in the home. Always have some on hand for small and large cleaning jobs.

Use a 16 oz. recycled or reusable plastic bottle with a spray top.

Put the following together in the order indicated,

  • 1. 3 tablespoons of liquid dish soap (ecological)
  • 2. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 3. Purified water, distilled or boiled in sufficient quantity to fill the bottle

 

A furniture cleaner to restore the great look of your wood furniture

The mixture of lemon juice and vinegar will dissolve dirt and remove fingerprints. The olive oil will shine and can protect the wood.

Use a 16 oz. recycled or reusable plastic bottle with a spray top.

  • 1. 2 Teaspoons olive oil
  • 2. 2 Teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3. ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 4. Purified water, distilled or boiled in sufficient quantity to fill the bottle.

Shake well before use. After use, place the bottle in the refrigerator for storage of lemon juice.

 

If you want to learn how to ecologically clean the oven, the water drains, the bathroom, mold, or purify the air, download the offer by the City of Montreal. You'll find bonus ecological ideas for the garden.

 

Good spring cleaning and on behalf of the Earth, thank you!

 

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The Cartonnerie Montréal™ team.