Inexpensive, non-toxic household cleaners

Did you know you can make homemade, eco-friendly, and non-toxic cleaners from inexpensive ingredients you have in your home right now? You really can - and you don't have to be crafty or a good cook!

There are several reasons to make your own homemade cleaning products:
  • Commercial cleaners are almost always full of harsh chemical ingredients that are not good for you or your family to breathe. When you make your own cleaners, you will know what is in them and know that they are safe. In most cases, they could be ingested with no harmful effects!
  • Non-toxic homemade cleaners are better for the environment. Those harsh chemicals go down the drain and add to environmental pollution.
  • Commercial cleaners are quite expensive. You can clean a lot with a $2 bottle of white vinegar or a $1 box of baking soda!

A few basics:
  • Window cleaner: Mix ¼ cup white vinegar, a quart of water, and one drop of liquid dish detergent.
  • Furniture polish: Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar. Rub onto furniture with a soft cloth.
  • Air freshener: Mix a cup of baking soda with a few drops of essential oil; put in a bowl or vase.
  • All purpose citrus cleaner & degreaser: Soak citrus peels (orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc.) in vinegar in a large jar adding more vinegar as it gets absorbed for two weeks until the vinegar takes on a golden color and smells ‘citrus-y’. Put into spray bottles and use as a kitchen or bathroom cleaner.

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