Simplify with a Non-Toxic Cleaning Routine

Most cleaning products that you purchase at the store are toxic. Look at the labels on bottles such as toilet bowl cleaner, bathroom disinfectant, and furniture polish. You’ll see words like Poison, Danger, Warning, and Caution. If you’d rather not bring those chemicals into your home, it’s easy and inexpensive to create your own homemade, non-toxic cleaning products. Simple combinations of baking soda, vinegar, borax, and essential oils make a variety of cleaners, which can be used on mirrors, windows, toilets, sinks, floors, and more. And, they are effective, cheap, and safe!

General Cleaner: 2 tablespoons liquid soap (non-toxic, such as Dr. Bronners) + 2 cups water makes a great general cleaner.

Toilet Cleaner: Sprinkle 1/4 cup borax (available in a box in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store) or baking soda and a few drops of essential oil (eucalyptus or tea tree oil are antiseptic) into the toilet, scrub, let sit for a few minutes, scrub again, and flush.

Floor Cleaner: In a squirt bottle, create a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water, add a few drops of essential oil (peppermint or lavender are nice), squirt cleaner onto floor, and mop up.

Glass Cleaner: Club soda in a squirt bottle works well, as does an equal mixture of water and vinegar. Wipe down with a lint-free cloth or crumpled newspapers.

Tub and Sink Cleaner: Shake some baking soda mixed with a a few drops of essential oil (orange or lime smell fresh) into sink or tub, wipe with damp sponge, rinse. Also, Bon Ami is a non-toxic alternative to products with a abrasive scrubs.

Wood furniture polish: Add some olive oil and a few drops of vinegar on a cloth and rub in.

A microfiber cloth (available at any discount or grocery store) will do a swell job of removing dust from all hard surfaces, eliminating a need for those pricey dusting sprays and non-recyclable paper towels.

By creating your own cleaning products, you’ll keep your home, family, and environment safe. (Use common sense – even though these cleaning products are gentle, it’s best to keep borax and essential oils out of young children’s reach.) You’ll never have to worry about harmful fumes or chemicals with these great cleaners. And you’ll save lots of cupboard space, money, and time by simplifying your cleaning routine


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Cathy Dryden

I am Cathy Dryden, and I started neat chic organizing to empower others to lead more fulfilling lives by helping them to become more organized through individualized coaching and training.


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