When it comes to cleaning, I have often found that many people think they have to use harsh chemical based cleaners to get the job done. As someone who is environmentally conscientious and has pets, I have tried to find alternatives that will get the job done, but aren’t as toxic to my health or theirs. Not only are these products just as effective, but they are also budget friendly. Here are my top 5 common household products that double as non-toxic cleaners:
- White vinegar makes for an excellent disinfectant. Use it wipe down any smooth surface (counter tops, bathtub, toilet, sink, etc.)
- You can also use white vinegar to remove stubborn streaks off mirrors or windows. It is just as effective as Windex.
- Dirty microwave? Fill a glass with ¼ cup of vinegar and one cup water. Place in microwave and set for 5 minutes. Once done, use a paper towel or rag to dip in the liquid and begin wiping down the interior.
- Use white vinegar to disinfect your wooden or butcher block cutting boards.
Did you know that baking soda can double as an exfoliator? Add a small, dime sized amount to the cleanser you normally use to wash your face and exfoliate away!
Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Using an old scrubbing pad or sponge, rub the paste mixture along the sides and bottom of your oven. If your oven is a bit dirtier and the residue doesn’t seem to be lifting as easily, there are 2 different methods you can use to get it clean:
Paste Your Oven
Spread a layer over the sides and bottom of your oven and let it sit for 12 to 24 hours. This requires a bit more effort, but by letting the paste sit overnight, the ‘gunk’ should come off easier. If it doesn’t, try option 2.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
After spreading the baking soda paste around in your oven, pour vinegar over the baking soda until it starts to fizz. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping away with a sponge.
Clogged Kitchen Sink
Try pouring baking soda and hot water down the drain. Boil up a pan of hot water and sprinkle baking soda in the drain, enough to coat it. After the water boils, dump it over the baking soda.
Note: if your drain still will not drain, you can always try adding white vinegar to the mixture. Sprinkle baking soda in the drain, enough to coat it and boil hot water in a pan. While you are dumping the hot water, also add about a cup to a cup and a half of white vinegar.
Ice Cubes & Citrus Peels
Have a stinky garbage disposal? Take left over citrus peels from oranges, lemons, lime, and other fruit and toss them down the disposal while running it. This will help to get rid of odor. Tossing ice cubes down your disposal every month will help to keep the blades sharp to properly break down and dispose of food.
Have a stinky cutting board? Rub half a lemon over each side to remove odors and sanitize. Remove unsightly underarm stains. We all have that one shirt (most usually white) that has underarm stains from sweat. Scrub the stained area with a mixture of lemon juice and water.
Antacid tablets (such as Alka-Seltzer or Effervescent tablets)
Hate cleaning your toilet or have pets that like to drink from the bowl? Drop 2 antacid tablets in and wait 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, wipe the bowl with the toilet brush and be amazed at how clean it is!
What other household items have you tried? Let us know in the comments below! Have other suggestions for non-toxic household cleaners? Tell us!