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The Ultimate Green Outdoor Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Green cleaning is important anywhere, but it's even more important when it comes to the great outdoors. You don't want to have bleach-filled suds draining onto your lush green lawn, do you? Take our quiz and find out how to clean outdoors the green way.

What are four green items you can use to clean with?

  • sugar, salt, vinegar and baking soda
  • water, salt, sugar and vinegar
  • salt, lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda

How can you clean lawn furniture?

  • Hose it down.
  • Use one cup of baking soda mixed with some warm water.
  • Rinse it with a vinegar and water solution.

How can you prevent wicker items from yellowing?

  • Keep it out of the sun.
  • Spray it monthly with lemon juice.
  • Scrub it periodically with a stiff brush dipped in salt water.

What is a multi-purpose item to take on a camping trip for cleaning purposes?

  • vinegar
  • lemons
  • baking soda

How can you get rid of the grease stains on your patio floor from last night's barbeque?

  • Wash it down with boiling water.
  • Sprinkle with vinegar and leave over night.
  • Sprinkle it with baking soda and leave for an hour.

To clean the grease off a barbeque, what is recommended?

  • a vinegar and baking soda mix
  • a rag soaked in vegetable oil
  • straight lemon juice

When cleaning mildew off pool toys, what should the ratio of baking soda to water be?

  • a tablespoon of baking soda for every quart of water
  • a quarter of a cup of baking soda for every quart of warm water
  • half a cup of baking soda for every gallon of water

What is a good way to clean your window screens?

  • Spray the screens with vinegar and leave to dry.
  • Dip a damp wire brush in baking soda and scrub.
  • Soak the screens in straight vinegar for half an hour.

How can you get rid of rust without having to resort to WD-40?

  • Make a paste of salt, lemon juice and cream of tartar.
  • Spray the rust with vinegar and leave for 24 hours.
  • Soften the rust with olive oil and scrape it off.

How can you make an environmentally friendly solvent?

  • mix vinegar and baking soda to form a paste
  • mix one part vinegar with two parts lemon juice
  • mix one part vinegar with five parts water