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Simple Recipes for Non-Toxic Home Cleaners

ByEssex

April 13, 2021

Have you ever thought about switching to green cleaning products? It’s not as difficult as you may think! Choosing more eco-friendly cleaning methods makes a difference for both the environment and your home. Many traditional cleaning products pollute our air and water systems, but luckily, there are safer cleaning alternatives for your family and your pets, too.

From homemade cleaners to new weekly habits, there are many ways to incorporate green cleaning options into your routine. This is especially important if you’re living in a smaller space like an apartment home since cleaning methods can significantly affect your home’s air quality.

Creating homemade cleaning solutions is an easy task because they usually call for ingredients you may already have in your pantry. This creates the added bonus of being more budget-friendly, too. If you don’t have time to DIY your home cleaning solutions, don’t fret! You can find reliable green and eco-friendly cleaning products at the store. No matter which you choose, you can trust that green cleaners are gentle and non-toxic, making them safe for children and pets.

So, what are some great eco-friendly cleaning practices? We have the details so you can start green cleaning!

Identifying Non-Toxic Cleaners

When shopping for cleaning products, be mindful of specific words and certifications. One easy tip is to stay away from products like chlorine bleach or ammonia. Along with these two products, there are terms to avoid as well. To keep your home environment safe and green, we recommend avoiding products with any of the following mentioned on the ingredient or warning labels:

  • Anti-microbial
  • Highly flammable or combustible
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Corrosive
  • Caution

When it comes to finding a green cleaner, there are specific terms to seek out. Any of the following keywords are helpful in indicating you found an eco-friendly solution:

  • Unscented
  • Concentrated
  • Biodegradable
  • Non-toxic
  • Low or no-VOC
  • Phosphate Free
  • Green Seal™ Certified
  • Design for the Environment (DfE)

Always try to find a cleaner that has more than one, if not many of these labels. If you find a cleaner with every label, you’ll know it’s something you should have in your home!

Four Reliable Homemade Cleaning Solution Recipes

No matter the cleaning task, there’s a homemade cleaner you can create yourself. All you need is a few household products and to follow a few simple steps to create a cleaner that’s 100% safe for your children and pets.

Multi-purpose Cleaner

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp. of liquid castile soap
  • Optional: 10 drops of your essential oil of choice: lavender, lemon, tea tree, peppermint

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray and let sit before wiping with a clean rag or towel.

Window/Mirror Cleaner

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part tap water

Pour white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and shake. Spray and wipe windows and mirrors.

Mother and daughter spring cleaning their apartment window.

Floor Cleaner (not for waxed wood floors)

  • 1/8 cup castile soap
  • 1 gallon hot water

In a bucket, mix castile soap with hot water. Apply to the floor using a mop or rag. Mop again with clean water to remove any cleaner residue. Don’t over-wet your floor.

Tub and Sink Cleaner

  • Baking soda
  • Castile soap

Use baking soda as a soft scrub for your tub and sink. Sprinkle baking soda on porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet cloth or sponge. Add castile soap to the rag or sponge for extra cleaning power. Rinse well.

Now that you know what products to use and how to use them, it’s time to get to work. Let’s reduce our environmental footprint and create healthier apartment homes together!

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