DIY Non-toxic Household Cleaners that Really Work

Skip the unwanted chemicals (and expense) of commercial cleaners and make your own nontoxic cleaning solutions instead!  These DIY cleaners are effective, easy to make, very affordable, and you probably have the necessary ingredients right in your cupboards already.


DIY Granite Cleaner

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

This recipe is an ideal replacement for your basic all-purpose cleaner, like Lysol. It can be used on sinks, countertops, toilets, and in the shower. This is also a good solution for wiping down the oven and other kitchen appliances.

Mix together 1 part white vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle.

Just spray the solution and clean as you normally would. Keep in mind that the vinegar only smells until it is dry. However, if this is irksome to you, you can add a few drops of essential oil to mask the vinegar.



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DIY Bath, Tile, Tub and Sink Scrub

Many commercial janitorial cleaning companies and popular over-the-counter cleaners use fragrance-laden chemicals to disinfect and cover up offensive odors commonly found in bathrooms and fitness centers.

You can get tiles, sinks and tubs just as clean with this natural option. This scrub can be used in place of Soft Scrub or other bathroom scrubs.

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together a squirt of biodegradable dish soap (Seventh Generation works well) with two teaspoons of lemon juice.
  2. Add baking soda slowly until it creates a paste.

Use this paste on showers, toilets, and sinks. Apply it using a scrubby brush or a sponge. You can also let this solution sit overnight to get out the really tough stains.


DIY Glass Cleaner

Cleaning windows is one of the most rewarding ways to use green cleaning methods. Use this as a substitute for Windex for a natural streak-free shine.

  1. Mix  ¼ c. rubbing alcohol, ¼ c. white vinegar, 1 tbsp. cornstarch, and 2 c. of warm water in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake everything up until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  3. To make sure your glass stays extra shiny, use a newspaper instead of a paper towel or cloth to wipe it down with. The newspaper doesn’t leave any lint and leaves a perfectly clear shine.

It is a good idea to shake the bottle each time you use it as the cornstarch can sometimes settle to the bottom of the bottle and clog the spray mechanism.

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Other DIY uses for Baking Soda

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