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Going Green with NPL

If you missed our DIY Green Cleaning Solutions workshop, here are some easy recipes to make at home.

Glass Cleaner

2 cups water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

1/2 tsp. Dr. Bronner's soap (optional)

Combine in a spray bottle.

Floor Cleaner

1 gal. water

1/8 cup distilled white vinegar

1/8 cup liquid soap

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pail.

Toilet Bowl Magic

Sprinkle toilet bowl with some baking soda

Pour in some distilled white vinegar

Watch it fizz

Scour with brush

Tub & Tile Scrub

1 2/3 cup baking soda

1/2 cup liquid soap

2 Tbl. water

2 Tbl. white distilled vinegar

Mix baking soda and soap in a bowl. Add water. Mix with fork until smooth. Stir in vinegar last. Mixture will foam. Store in a 16-oz. wide-mouthed jar. If the paste dries out, add warm water, let it soften and mix with fork.

Decorate a reusable canvas bag, pillowcase or bucket for trick-or-treating instead of a plastic bag. Check out these creative ideas on Pinterest or use these design templates from HGTV.

Instead of throwaway costumes, have a costume exchange among friends and classmates, or get creative by making your own. Try these DIY Halloween Costume ideas from Goodwill or these kids' costumes made with household items from Real Simple.

Make your own eco-friendly, non-toxic face paints with food-based ingredients.

Decorate with real pumpkins and gourds that can be composted afterwards, and use candles for a spooky and energy saving lighting effect.

Consider alternatives to candy by giving out healthy packaged treats or fun giveways like crayons, stickers, and temporary tattoos.

Recycle your candy wrappers by joining Terracycle's Candy Wrapper Brigade with your school or community organization.

Green Events

Composting

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room B


All ages. You want to compost, but you're not sure where to start. Let horticulturist Sharon Yiesla, owner of Sharon Yiesla, Horticultural Services, show you how to compost in your own backyard.


Earth Friendly Yards

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room AB


Learn how neighborhood garden pathways help native birds and butterflies survive, plus ways to maintain your own earth friendly yard. Meredith Tucker from Barrington-based Citizens for Conservation illustrates her talk with beautiful photos of home landscapes.


DIY Safe Cleaning Products

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pollak Room B


Make your own non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products. Supplies will be provided and you will leave with a home-made cleaning solution.