Everyday cleaning products are full of harmful toxic chemicals. With the trend to be green many companies are offering consumers the option of purchasing green cleaning products. Unfortunately many of these new products aren’t much of improvement. Companies are fooling consumers by greenwashing their products. Of course, there are some companies that make environmentally friendly cleaning products and this is a good alternative if you aren’t the DIY kind of person. However, making your own environmentally friendly cleaning products is easy, quick and inexpensive. Most ingredients can already be found around the home or are available at the grocery store.
Make your own scum busting paste using three ingredients. This paste works well to remove sink, bathtub and toilet scum.
Find a container. Scoop borax into your container being careful not to breath in the dust. Pour in the castile soap and mix with a spoon until you reach the desired consistency. If you want your paste to smell nice use a scented castile soap or add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap can be found in health food stores and occasionally at the grocery store. If you can’t find Dr. Bronner’s use a biodegradable dishwashing soap. Some nice essential oils for this paste are tea tree oil, lavender, sweet orange, and grapefruit. If you’d prefer not to use borax, baking soda makes an acceptable substitute but I don’t find it works as well.
Vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It also acts as a natural deodorizer. Don’t be turned off by the strong smell of the vinegar, it dissipates quickly.
White vinegar (how does it work?)
Put vinegar in a spray bottle and use it on door handles, light switches, toilets, mirrors, windows counter tops (do not use it on granite!). You can use vinegar on it’s own or dilute the vinegar with water by a third to a half. To get streak and lint free windows use a lint free cloth.
Sudsy Floor Cleaner
Biodegradable dish soap
Essential oils (optional)
Fill of bucket with warm water and squirt in some dish soap. Add a few drops of essential oils if desired. Start scrubbing!
Ditch the Toxic Cleaning Products (safely!)
Don’t finish using up your toxic cleaning products and don’t leave them in your home. Instead bring them to a hazardous waste disposal centre for safe disposal. Start making your own household cleaners using the recipes above as a starting point. Since switching to homemade cleaning products I have had no desire to use the toxic products again. I no longer need to worry about pouring chemical down the drain or exposing my family to cleaning toxins. My children are more involved with helping me clean and if they do happen to get a hold of the vinegar spray there is little harm done.