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20 Non Toxic Cleaning Tips

September 27, 2012

Whether for reasons of pets and children, tradition or avoiding chemicals as much as possible in the home. Here are some tips to do just that! Use at your own risk – but see if these work for you. Less chemicals is a goal many look towards. When I lived in California for a few years, there was an abundance of lemons – if you’re fortunate to have an abundant supply you have cleaner!

Cutting boards: Rub the lemon onto the stains and let it sit until the stains are gone. The lemon will also disinfect the board at the same time. Be aware it may bleach – lighten – the surface, so test in a small area first.

Cleaning vinyl floors: Add 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 gallon hot water for cleaning floors. Vinegar has sanitizing properties as well.

Cleaning windows: Mix 1/3 white vinegar with 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray glass surfaces and wipe dry.

Cleaning drains: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar; the mixture will foam as it cleans and deodorizes. Use every few weeks to keep drains clean.

Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. Use a 50-50 mix to clean counters and other surfaces.

Use 1/2 cup vinegar in the washer – softens your fabrics without chemicals, and cleans your washer too.

Dirty, greasy hands too tough for regular soap? Use a small amount of corn meal to grind away the grime…and it rinses away easily. Corn meal, unlike silica additives, will break down in septic systems.

Remove wax drippings from candle holders with a little glycerin.

Use a small rag dampened with hydrogen peroxide to wipe down keyboards, phones and other devices. Use a cotton swab to clean edges of keys and corners that are hard to get with the rag. It doesn’t spread moisture as water does.

Permanent marker stains on solid surfaces or floors? Use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol – rub thoroughly to lift it out.

Do you have egg stains on silver? Rub with salt on a damp cloth, or if ornate etchings try a soft toothbrush.

Looking for an old fashioned treatment for wood furniture? Combine 16 ounces boiled linseed oil, 8 ounces white vinegar, 8ounces real turpentine and 6 drops tea tree essential oil (could use thyme also). Mix well and apply sparingly, buffing to a high gloss.

Mattress cleaner can be made also, using remedies from long before commercial companies evolved to create them for us. Combine 4 tablespoons powdered starch, 4 cups grated pure soap, 1 cup Fuller’s Earth and 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus or tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients and add just enough warm water to make a paste. Apply thinly and leave to dry, then brush off vigorously with a very stiff brush.

Clean hair brushes and combs with 2 cups of warm soapy water with 1/2 cup vinegar or baking soda added. Combs can be swished in the mixture but not soaked. You can add rinse water with a few drops of essential oil of rosemary and dry in the sun.

Make your own laundry soap by combining 1 cup pure finely grated soap, 1 cup washing soda and 2 teaspoons lavender oil.

Make a non toxic fabric rinse by combining a cup baking soda, 1 cup cider or white wine vinegar, 2 cups water, a teaspoon lemon oil and 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil.

Keep a mix of water and vinegar in a spray bottle by the shower – spray the walls down after showering to help control soap scum and film.

Dirty shower heads? Remove lime scale with hot vinegar and salt – when scale begins to come off, rinse off. Use a needle to poke through shower head holes if need be.

Use a pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of water. Run it through humidifiers and steamers before cold season gets here!

Use hydrogen peroxide to clean cutting boards – it sanitizes and cleans!

We often here of the latest and greatest new cleaners, but these have been around for decades. You might find they work well in decreasing the chemicals in your home.

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