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It's easy cleaning green at Radford University

When RU students moved into off-campus apartments at the beginning of the fall semester, they received a healthy inventory of green cleaning supplies and green cleaning recipes. Now, RU Sustainability, Housing and Residential Life and Housekeeping Services are sharing the recipes with everyone. The recipes below can make cleaning easier and safer.

Green Cleaning Recipes

Window cleaner
- In a spray bottle, put ¼ - ½ teaspoon liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 2 cups water, shake and use.

Floor cleaner - In a bucket, mix ¼ cup vinegar in 1 gallon warm water. Mop linoleum floors, rinse with water, make sure not to leave large pools to dry.

Microfiber cloths – can be used as a dry duster or when dampened. Great for removing smudges. They’re machine washable (100s of uses) too.

Toilet cleaner/deodorizer - Sprinkle toilet bowl with ¼ cup baking soda. Drizzle with ¼ cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.

Oven cleaner - Sprinkle oven with ½ cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Soft scrub - Pour ½ cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and wash the surface. Perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub (rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit).


Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

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Sep 25, 2013
Chad Osborne
(540) 831-7761
caosborne@radford.edu