The spotless, sterile effect you get from using powerful cleaning products may seem appealing, but that’s probably because you haven’t tried the alternative. By making your own nontoxic cleaning products at home, you’ll be able to keep your house sparkling clean while protecting yourself, your family, and the environment from harsh and toxic chemicals that lurk in conventional cleaning products.
An extra bonus: You’ll save yourself money and a trip to the store, since you probably already have all the ingredients on hand. So what are you waiting for? Wash out your empty spray bottles and jars and get started. Give nontoxic cleaning a chance with these simple and safe recipes:
- 2 cups white distilled vinegar
- 2 cups water
Swirl together in a spray bottle, then apply as you would any glass cleaner. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup liquid castile soap (available at drugstores)
- 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (available in health food and drugstores)
Mix in a bowl and keep in a jar. Apply with a damp cellulose sponge or clean lint-free rag. Wipe with a damp sponge.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
Pour the baking soda down the drain and follow with the vinegar. Cover the drain and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with a kettle of boiling water.
Thanks to Ed Begley, Jr. for these recipes!