Health, Home and Family Development (HHFD)

The HHFD program for the Southeast Districts of UAF Extension is lead by Sarah Lewis in the Juneau office. Her program areas include:

Food preservation
Home, food & life skills
Home design & energy use
Family emergency preparedness
Local food resources
Food entrepreneurship & small business development

Contact her with questions at 907-523-3280 x1 or at
If she doesn't have the answer, she'll find someone who does.

On Capital Chat this Month...

Spring Cleaning - Naturally

There's a lot of "greenwashing" in the cleaners section of the grocery store. And many of those "Green," "Natural," and "Environmentally Friendly" products are effective. But you can often clean your home just as effectively with some basic ingredients found in other sections of the store, and for significantly less money.

Why might you consider doing this? Clean indoor air is pretty important in our Southeast Alaska climate, where doors and windows stay closed for most of the year. The Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) that can fill indoor air, and the liquid chemicals we often have in our cleaning cupboards, can be irritating at best (imitation floral & fruit smells) or toxic at worst.

Here's a good general publication to guide you and a list of basic products to have in your cleaning cupboard:
Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green, by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Disinfectants: Household bleach, white vinegar, pine oil (used in very small amounts)
Grease cutters: Baking soda, washing soda, Borax
Acids: lemon juice, white vinegar
Surfactant (dirt grabber): vegetable oil-based liquid soap (Castile soap)

And some recipes for a few natural cleaning solutions using the above ingredients.



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