Commercially available cleaning products though promote the ensured cleanliness, fragrance, and freshness, contain toxic chemicals. In a long run, these chemicals impact the health. These can be easily replaced with ingredients in your own household, which are equally effective. Mentioned below are some of them.
Non-toxic Cleaning Products
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1. Baking Soda
Also called as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is used to clean, brighten, and deodorize things. It is free of toxins and easily available. The anti-microbial properties in it help keep infections at bay. The neutralizing ability makes it just apt to maintain a constant pH, by being neither too acidic nor too alkaline.
It can be used as a kitchen/bathroom cleaner, carpet deodorizer, and laundry detergent booster.
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2. White Vinegar
The acidic property of vinegar makes it an effective cleanser to remove soap, scum, grime, and grease. It is
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Owing to its acidic properties, lemon can be an active stain remover, deodorizer, and microwave cleanser. It also adds shine to the metallic substances and helps remove rust and grime from iron. The disinfectant property helps retain the freshness after cleaning.
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4. Essential Oils
The benefits of essential oils are innumerable and have been gaining importance through aromatherapy. These can be used as fragrant additives to the above-mentioned ingredients to ensure freshness. Essential oils blend well with the household cleaners and disinfectants and have a lasting impact.
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5. Hydrogen Peroxide
The germicidal effects of
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Borax is one of the most effective alternatives for mainstream products. It acts as an active detergent and is also an ace pest control agent, keeping ants and other pests at bay. However, excess usage of this is not recommended, as some studies show that it is a potential eye and skin irritant.
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7. Washing Soda
Also called as sodium carbonate, washing soda belongs to the family of baking soda, but it is further processed to increase the alkalinity. This property makes it an excellent stain remover, grease remover, kitchen top cleaner, fabric cleaner and softener, and all-purpose bathroom cleaner.
8. Castile Soap
A castile soap is a soap made with 100% plant extracts or oils. Thus, it doesn’t contain any animal byproducts or harmful chemicals. Available in both solid and liquid forms, it is effective in removing stains and grease.
Non-Toxic DIY Cleaning Recipes
1. Heavy Duty Toilet Scrub
- In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup vinegar.
- Add 10 drops of essential oil of your choice to this mix.
- Pour this into the toilet bowl and scrub away the dirt.
- You can alternatively fill the mixture up in a spray bottle, and use 2–3 sprays on the toilet seat and wipe off to keep it disinfected.
2. Floor Cleaner
- Add vinegar to warm water in 1:2 ratio.
- Give it a gentle mix.
- Use a mop or scrub to wipe the floor and let it dry.
- This not only cleans the floor but also disinfects it.
And Stovetop Cleaner
- Add 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl.
- To this, add enough warm water to form a smooth paste.
- Using a scrubber, gently rub the stovetop and sink to see the dirt and oil go away.
4. Laundry Softener
- To 1 cup baking soda, add 1/2 cup borax.
- Add 1 cup vinegar to this.
- Add 20 drops of citrus oil to promote freshness.
- Mix well and add it along with your detergent powder in the washing machine.
- This mixture acts as a conditioner to cloths, while giving them a lemony smell.
5. Borax-Free Laundry Detergent
- To 1/2 cup baking soda, add 1 cup washing soda.
- To this mixture, add 1/4 cup sea salt and 1/2 cup citric acid.
- Now add 1 bar of castile soap after grating it thoroughly.
- This mixture should be stored in an air-tight container to avoid clump formation.
6. All-purpose Cleaner
- In a spray bottle, add 1 tsp of baking soda.
- To this, add 1/2 tsp of grated castile soap and 2 tbsp of vinegar.
- Give it a shake and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Add warm water to fill up the spray bottle.
- Shake it thoroughly, followed by adding 4–5 drops
- This can be used to clean glass, kitchen appliances, furniture, or any objects that need a quick cleanse.