Household cleaners that you can buy at your local grocery store or retail store are typically chock full of harmful chemicals that are quite toxic. If you have used any such cleaners in the past, then you can likely recall the toxic fumes that came off the cleaners when in use.
These toxic cleaning products are not good for you or your pets. Fortunately, there are some great non-toxic cleaning options that work just as good (or maybe even better!) than those brands you are used to using at home.
If you’re looking for additional reasons to consider making the switch, then think about this – toxic household cleaners are bad for people, pets and the environment. They lead to allergies for about a third of the population, according to the US National Center for Health Statistics. And they cause a lot of environmental pollution in both their manufacturing and disposal.
You can contribute to a sustainable economy and help keep your family and the planet healthy when you use one of these non-toxic cleaners as an alternative solution in your home.
COMMON NON-TOXIC CLEANERS ALREADY IN YOUR HOME
There is a good chance that your home already has plenty of the things needed to start cleaning with non-toxic items. Check out this list of items you can use to clean with:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Washing Soda
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Citrus Solvent
The most versatile of the bunch is baking soda, which can be used to scour, deodorize, clean and soften water. And when used in conjunction with vinegar, you can even use it to unclog drains. (Remember those baking soda volcanoes in elementary school science class?)
Vinegar is another great multipurpose option. It is good for cleaning glass and mirrors, getting rid of mildew, cutting grease and removing some odors, wax build-up and stains.
If you need some additional ideas, check out our non-toxic household cleaner recipes below.
NON-TOXIC HOUSEHOLD CLEANER RECIPES
If you are ready to toss out all those store bought cleaners and use natural ingredients from your home, you might now know where to begin.
Sure, you can use things like baking soda or vinegar by themselves for a variety of cleaning jobs and get good results. However, the best results can sometimes come from mixing a few of these things together to make your own super duper cleaning product.
To get you started, check out some of our recipes below for your non-toxic household cleaner formulas.
GENERAL ALL PURPOSE NON-TOXIC CLEANER RECIPE
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
- 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water.
Take your vinegar and baking soda and mix it in with the water in a resealable container. You can store and keep this mixture for later use. This cleaner can be used to remove water deposit stains on your shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc. And it is perfect for cleaning your cat’s litter box, feeder and/or bowls, and carrier.
BATHROOM MOLD NON-TOXIC CLEANER RECIPE
- hydrogen peroxide
- spray bottle
Mix together one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Then, spray on the areas with mold. Let sit approximately one hour before rinsing off.
NON-TOXIC CARPET STAIN CLEANER RECIPE
- white vinegar
- spray bottle
Mix together equal parts water and white vinegar in your spray bottle. To clean, spray the mixture directly on the carpet stain and let it sit for five minutes. Then, clean as normal with a sponge and soapy water.
If you have a grease stain, just sprinkle some cornstarch on it and let it sit for up to 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.
HEAVY DUTY NON-TOXIC CARPET CLEANER RECIPE
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup borax
- 1/4 cup salt
Mix the ingredients together until you get a paste. Then, rub the paste into the problem areas on your carpet. Let the paste sit for several hours, then vacuum it up.
NON-TOXIC COFFEE AND TEA STAIN REMOVER RECIPE
- white vinegar
You can remove any tea or coffee stain simply by using a sponge with vinegar. Just simply wipe or dab away the stain.
For a coffee pot or tea kettle, you can add 2 cups of boiling water into the kettle or pot with 1/4 cup of vinegar. Dump the mixture once it cool and wipe clean with a clean cloth.
NON-TOXIC DISHWASHER SOAP RECIPE
- washing soda
Mix together equal parts of the two ingredients, unless your water is hard and then you need more washing soda.