Homemade: Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

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So here’s a list of recipes for a lot of the household cleaners I use.  I feel better about using products that don’t require me to wear a gas mask and are very inexpensive! 

Always use gloves when mixing, handling, or using any cleansers.  Label all solutions by name and clearly write down their ingredients on the label.

Solution for Mopping Floors:
1 cup vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Note: Do not use this solution on hardwood floors – follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Glass Cleaner
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
3 1/2 cups water
1 – 32 ounce spray bottle

Combine in spray bottle and shake well before using.  Using old newspaper to wipe glass clean is a great way to get a second use out of your Sunday paper!   

Multi-Purpose Cleaner
3 cups water
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
1 teaspoon ammonia
1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 – 32 ounce spray bottle

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle; shake well.  Use on all non-wood surfaces.  Wipe down with a clean, damp cloth.

Wood Cleaner & Polish
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup vinegar or lemon juice

Combine in a plastic spray bottle, spray onto cloth and use to clean and polish wood furniture.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
1 pot boiling water

Pour baking soda down garbage disposal; add vinegar and wait until fizzing stops.  Pour in pot of boiling water and rinse with cool water.

Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaner
1 2/3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1-16 oz squirt bottle with closing cap

Mix baking soda and soap in a bowl.  Dilute with water; add the vinegar.  Stir until dissolved.  Pour into a squirt bottle.  Shake well before each use.  This cuts through soap scum and mildew!

Non-Toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup Borax OR baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar

Flush toilet.  Sprinkle in Borax or baking soda and then drizzle in vinegar.  Close the lid and let toilet sit for 3-4 hours. (I usually only wait about 30 minutes to an hour.)  Brush clean and flush!

Tub & Tile Cleaner
1 2/3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup dishwashing liquid
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons of vinegar

Combine, apply, scrub, and rinse.

Recipes adapted from Homemade by Reader’s Digest & Cleaning: Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

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