Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions


Being healthy is more than just the food we eat; it’s about our direct environment, too. Common household cleaning products contain toxic and harmful substances that are commonly linked to cancer, respiratory health effects and even developmental or reproductive harm. As reported by CNN, leaders in various disciplines published a consensus statement in 2016 “as a national Call To Action to significantly reduce exposures to chemicals and pollutants that are contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders in America’s children” (Project Tendr).

In this blog we’ll help you reduce toxic exposure by replacing common household cleaners with safe, non-toxic alternatives that will allow you to clean your house without harming your health. These natural recipes are easy to make on your own and use simple ingredients that you may already have in the kitchen pantry.

Dispose toxic waste responsibly! Many cities offer regular collection days or local collection sites for disposal of toxic waste materials. Contact your local Department of Public Works for additional information.


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THE BASICS

You can clean anything with five basic ingredients: Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Distilled White Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, and a Vegetable-based soap like Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.

Why do these ingredients work so well? Vinegar has a very low pH level of 2 and a high acidity content, which is a very unpleasant environment for the growth of microorganisms. A 2014 study found that acetic acid is an effective mycobactericidal disinfectant that acts as an active agent against most bacteria. Vinegar is a great degreaser and buildup fighter, cuts through mildew and soap scum, and can kill mold in the bathroom.

You’ll Need:

  • Glass Spray Bottle
  • Water
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Full-Strength Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Liquid Castile Soap
  • Essential Oils (ensure that you purchase 100% Certified Pure oil that is of therapeutic grade, and always store in a cool, dry and dark place away from sunlight)

Recommended essential oils: citronella, clove, cajeput, cedar, eucalyptus, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, peppermint


THE RECIPES
All-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Apple Cider or Distilled White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Essential Oils

Directions

  1. Fill spray bottle with 50/50 solutions of water and vinegar. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil and shake well.
  2. Use on counter-tops, stove-tops, floors, sinks, toilets, tubs, stainless steel – basically anywhere that could use a good wipe-down.
  3. Boost the cleaning power of this spray by sprinkling some baking soda after you’ve sprayed your surface for more scrubbing action.
Disinfecting Spray

Ingredients

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

The Centers for Disease Control lists hydrogen peroxide as a stable and effective disinfectant. Compared to most other chemical disinfectants, peroxide is safe, non-toxic and breaks down into just water and oxygen. Peroxide must be stored in a dark, opaque bottle because it breaks down and loses its effectiveness when exposed to light.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Baking Soda
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Directions

  1. Spray the All-Purpose Cleaner inside the bowl
  2. Sprinkle baking soda in the bowl
  3. Scrub with a toilet brush, then flush
  4. Wipe down the toilet seat and lid with rag
  5. Spray hydrogen peroxide as a final disinfectant
Drain Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup vinegar

Directions

  1. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup vinegar, down the drain.
  2. Plug the drain to keep the bubbles inside.
  3. When bubbling stops, flush with very hot water and repeat with cold water.

 


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