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                   Non-Toxic Household Cleaners
When you make your own cleaning products, you avoid chemicals that are harmful to your
family and the environment ... and save money too!

There are many chemicals in commercial cleaning products that can harm you and your
children. Many of the chemicals in household cleaners and pesticides are not adequately
tested, regulated or controlled. Household cleaning products, such as furniture polish, oven
cleaners, drain cleaners, even air fresheners, are considered hazardous waste potentially
harmful to fish and wildlife, as well as humans.

The recipes that follow are nontoxic, safe and just plain fun to use. Their ingredients also cost
a lot less than store-bought cleaners and they really work.


The Six Basics for Nontoxic Cleaning
Baking Soda – A commonly available product that cleans and deodorizes. Sprinkled on a
             damp sponge or cloth, baking soda can be used as a gentle nonabrasive
             cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks, bathtubs, ovens, and fiberglass. It will
             eliminate perspiration odors and even neutralize the smell of many chemicals
             if you add up to a cup per load to the laundry. It is a useful air freshener, and
             a fine carpet deodorizer.

Washing Soda – More alkaline than baking soda. Cuts grease, cleans petroleum oil, removes
            wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does.
            Don’t use it on fiberglass, aluminum or waxed floors—unless you intend to
            remove the wax. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form
            from chemical supply houses as "sodium carbonate." Wear gloves when using
            it because it is caustic.

Borax - Cleans and deodorizes. Excellent disinfectant. Softens water. Available in the laundry
       section of the grocery store.

Liquid Soaps and Detergent - Liquid soaps and detergents are necessary for cutting grease,
                           and they are not the same thing. Soap is made from fats and
                           lye. Detergents are synthetic materials discovered and
                           synthesized early in this century. Unlike soap, detergents are
                           designed specifically so that they don’t react with hard water
                           minerals and cause soap scum. If you have hard water buy a
                           biodegradable detergent without perfumes; if you have soft
                           water you can use liquid soap (both are available in health
                           food stores). Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors or
                           other additives.

White Vinegar or Lemon Juice – Since they are acidic, they neutralize alkaline substances
                           such as scale from hard water. Acids dissolve gummy buildup,
                           eat away tarnish, and remove dirt from wood surfaces. Cuts
                           grease and freshens.
Mold Killers and Disinfectants - There are many essential oils, such as lavender, clove &
                             tea tree oil (an excellent natural fungicide) that are very
                             antiseptic, as is grapefruit seed extract, even though they
                             aren’t registered as such. Use one teaspoon of essential oil to
                             2 cups of water in a spray bottle (make sure to avoid eyes). A
                             grapefruit seed extract spray can be made by adding 20 drops
                             of extract to a quart of water.



All-Purpose Household Cleaner Recipe

Mix together:
1 tsp. liquid soap (castile, peppermint)
1 tsp. borax
Squeeze of lemon
1 qt. warm water
OR
¼ c. baking soda
½ c. borax
½ c. vinegar
1 gal. water

For surfaces that need scouring, try moist salt or baking soda and a green scouring pad.


Window Cleaner Recipe

Mix together:
2 tsp – ¼ cup vinegar
1 qt. warm water
Pour vinegar and water into a bowl or container, or mix the ingredients in a spray bottle.
Clean windows directly with a sponge dipped in the bowl of cleaner or spray on and wipe
clean. Rub dry with newspaper to avoid streaking.


Oven Cleaner Recipe

Mix together: ¼ c. baking soda
2 tbsp. salt
Hot water, as needed to make a paste.
Let paste sit for 5 minutes. Caution: Keep off wires/heating elements.

Sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom of the oven until it is covered completely with about
½ cm of baking soda. Then, using a clean spray bottle, spray that baking soda with water until
it is thoroughly damp but not flooded. After that, you can go and do other things. Check the
oven every hour and dampen the baking soda if it is drying out. Do it again before going to
bed. In the morning, just scoop the baking soda out of the oven with a sponge, bringing all
the grime with it. The only down side is that you have to rinse out the white residue left by the
soda, but this certainly beats the fumes created by regular oven cleaners!



Homemade Dust and Furniture Polish Recipe
Mix together: 1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup lemon juice

Pour oil and lemon juice into a squirt bottle or jar. Stir to combine. To use, dip dust cloth or
rag into oil, blot the oil by folding the cloth together, and then dust your furniture. Leaves a
beautiful finish!

				
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