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Effective Non - Toxic Cleaning Tips
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Effective Non  -  Toxic Cleaning Tips

Anybody that wants to avoid toxic chemicals should be concerned with the types of cleaning supplies they choose. Most store bought products can cause us to come in contact with nasty health hazards. Not all chemicals are created equal. Some are harsher than others. Others cause immediate damage and others longer-term.

Not only are these dangerous to us and our families, but many are harmful to the environment when they go down the drain. What then is the solution.

There are non-toxic alternatives you can buy in-store, usually at a slightly more expensive price than the ordinary products. Then there is a cheaper alternative that I prefer, make your own! Not only is it cheaper, you can stock up and customize the recipes to your liking. All you need to do is have a few necessary materials on hand to make and store your cleaners.

When you start your list make sure you have the proper receptacles. I recommend old coffee containers with lids, glass jars, and a variety of squirt bottles. Also use 100% microfiber cloths for cleaning since they won't leave lint behind and you can simply throw them in the wash afterwards.

Some common ingredients you'll want to keep on hand for most recipes are white vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemons, vegetable oil-based liquid soap, and essential oils to help disinfect and add fragrances of your choice. Simple enough.

After you have everything you'll need on hand, you can begin concocting. You are going to need the basic cleaners on hand at all times so start with the following:

All purpose cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda or 2 teaspoons borax into 2 liters (1/2 gallon) water. Store and keep.

Disinfectant. Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 3 cups hot water. Add 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil, and 1/4 teaspoon lavender oil. To give it stronger cleaning power you can add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Store and keep.

Basic floor cleaner. Combine 1 tablespoons hot water, 1 cup vinegar, and 2 gallons hot water. Mix well and mop as usual.

Glass Cleaner. Combine 1 1/2 cups vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and 8 drops citrus essential oil of your choice. Shake in bottle well. Spray, clean and dry with clean dry cloth or towel.

Furniture polish. Combine in glass jar 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Dab a soft cotton cloth and wipe onto wood surfaces. Place lid and store.

Toilet bowl cleaner. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar. Pour into toilet bowl and let sit a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse.

There you have your basic cleaner and you can breathe easy knowing they're completely non toxic. A few concluding notes I'd like to add on the subject are:

• Never use vinegar on marble surfaces.

• Even if after adding essential oils to your cleaner, it smells strongly of vinegar do not worry. The smell always goes away and the lovely aroma will stay.

• If you don't want to cut up lemons every time, keep a squeeze bottle of real lemon juice in your fridge. If you buy it from the store make sure it is pure and does not have any added oils or essences

• Vinegar is a disinfectant, but when cleaning up after raw chicken or other bacteria use something stronger like hydrogen peroxide.

Street Talk


I'd love to try these...need to get some borax, I have the rest of the ingredient. The floor cleaner ingredients look a little off, hot water is mentioned twice? I use hydrogen peroxide and water to disinfect my kitchen once a week and store bought cleaner the rest of the week. I'm going to have to try yours!

  about 8 years ago

I find that hot water works really nice with laminate and vinyl floor surfaces. Probably warm water for wood. Gets the job done! Oh and I found Borax at Target for a pretty good price, I'm new using this but so far so good!

  about 8 years ago
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