HHW Alternatives

Reduce the number of hazardous products that you use around your house by replacing them with non–hazardous or less hazardous alternatives. These include commercial and homemade products.

Cleaners (All Purpose) 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 2 litres of water. For tough grease add 1/2 cup of ammonia.
Drain Cleaner Plunger followed by 1/2 cup of baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let stand two minutes and flush with boiling water.
Disinfectant Wash items with soap & water or a mixture of 1/2 cup of borax and 4 litres of water.
Floor Cleaner 1 cup of white vinegar + 8 litres of water
Glass Cleaner Mixture of white vinegar & water. For oven door glass put baking soda on a wet sponge.
Oven Cleaner Make a paste of baking soda, salt & water OR 2 tbsp of liquid soap + 2 tsp borax + warm water.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner Paste of borax + lemon juice OR a mixture of baking soda & water.
Carpet Cleaner 2 cups cornmeal + 1 cup borax. Sprinkle on carpets leave 1 hr and vacuum.

Plant Insecticides

  • Use a non–chemical compound such as a solution of 3 tsp of pure soap per 4 litres of water. Store in a spray bottle, clean leaves with it and spray directly on insects.
  • Pick off infested leaves immediately.
  • Intersperse pest resistant plants such as yarrow, thyme and marigold.

Ant Killers

  • Make a syrup of 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of borax with 2 tbsp of water. Soak a cloth in the mixture and place it out in a flat dish near the infestation.
  • Try to determine the place of entry and put down red chilli peppers or cream of tartar.

Chemical Fertilizers

  • Use compost.
  • Contact your local garden centre about getting and properly using peat moss, fish meal and other "natural" soil amendments.

Valley Waste–Resource Management
The Municipalities of Kings, Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Kentville, Middleton and Wolfville:
Partners in Waste Reduction