There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use alternatives which can be used safely in place of the toxic commercial household cleaning products most of us use. Below is a list of ordinary, environmentally safe ingredients which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household cleaning applications.
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It is a common ingredient used in baking that can be used as an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. It is effective at removing stains and it is also a mild scouring tool for pots, pans, and sink basins. It can neutralize acid, soften hard water and fabrics and extinguish grease fires. It can be used as a deodorizer around the home including in the refrigerator, on smelly carpets, on the upholstery, on vinyl, and down drains. It can clean and polish aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, and tin.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, soluble in water. An alternative to bleach, it can deodorize, inhibit the growth of mildew and mold, boost the cleaning power of soap or detergent, remove stains, and can be used with attractants such as sugar to kill cockroaches. Borax cleans, softens water, and disinfects. In the laundry room, borax adds freshness to your clothes.
Find a soap in liquid, solid, or powder form that is biodegradable, free of dyes, and non petroleum-based. Castile or other plant-based soaps are a great choice and can be used to clean everything. Olive oil based soap is gentlest to the skin.
Citrus solvent cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, and some stains.
Cornstarch derived from corn, can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs, absorb oil and grease and starch clothes.
Cream of tartar
Cream tartar is a mild acid often used in baking, and it can be used for removing stains in your kitchen or bath.
Hydrogen peroxide is more gentle than chlorine bleach and can be used for sterilizing and disinfecting, both in your home and on your body.
Mineral oil, derived from seeds, is an ingredient in several furniture polish and floor wax recipes.
Olive oil is great for moisturizing and conditioning leather furniture and as a furniture polish.
Salt (sodium chloride)
Salt is one of the most versatile ingredients for green cleaning given its abrasive and bleaching properties. It is also a natural deodorizer and when mixed with vinegar and flour creates an excellent cleaning paste.
Tea tree oil
Australian tea tree oil works well to kill mold and mildew as it is a natural fungicide and germicide, and it’s naturally antibacterial and antiseptic. It’s great for home care as well as personal care. Tea tree oil may help to treat fungus disorders like athletes foot and toe infections, as well as yeast infections and acne.
Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, and particularly good for cleaning silverware and ornaments. It is not recommended for use on fine jewelry.
Vinegar is a mild acid and can be used to cut grease, remove stains, and is an excellent water softener. Vinegar can dissolve mineral deposits, grease, remove traces of soap, remove mildew or wax buildup, polish some metals, and deodorize. Vinegar can clean brick or stone, and is an ingredient and some natural carpet cleaning recipes. Vinegar is normally used in a solution with water, but it can be used straight.
White vinegar is a great disinfecting tool. It can be used for disinfecting, deodorizing, cutting grease and wax build-up, removing mildew, and removing stains on carpets, countertops, pots, pans, and coffee carafes.
For more information on eco-friendly cleaning, please check out any of the relevant links below.
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8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?
10 eco-friendly all-purpose cleaners for a toxic-free home
10 Green Home Cleaning Tips
4 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Can Make At Home
Source: Green Clean – Eco-Friendly Cleaning For The Home