Did you know that most commercial cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that “pose human health risks and pollute waterways after they disappear down the drain?”  bleach, for example, contains chlorine and ammonia, which can be irritating to the respiratory system.  Chlorine is quite toxic when inhaled whereas ammonia is bad for the lungs and airways.  Good thing there are ways to make gentle, nontoxic cleansers at home.  All you need are the right materials and the right preparation methods.

Window Cleaner

You will need:

● ¼ cup white vinegar

● 1 tablespoon lemon juice

● Clean, reusable cloth

● Spray bottle

What you will do:

  1. Pour the white vinegar into a spray bottle half-filled with water.
  2. Add the lemon juice as grease-cutter.
  3. Spray on windows and wipe dry using a clean, reusable cloth.
  4. Repeat the process, if there are still streaks of dirt on the glass.

All-purpose Cleaner

You will need:

● 1/8 cup borax

● 1 liter water

● Spray bottle

● Naturally disinfectant oil; eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, and lemon

What you will do:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake the contents until the borax is completely dissolved.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place.

Scouring Scrub

You will need:

● 2 cups baking soda

● 1/3 cup liquid soap

● ½ cup water

What you will do:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture on a brush or damp sponge and scrub onto surfaces like the tub, toilet, and bathroom tiles.
  3. Prepare a fresh batch of the scrub every time you need to clean the above mentioned surfaces.


► Green and clean.  www.thegreenguide.com/blog/diy_diva/1008

► Recipes for a non-toxic household.  http://rps.uvi.edu/CES/recipes. htm