Easy Economical - No Chemical Cleaning Tips

Did you know that you can make your own chemical free cleaners just by using products found in your pantry? Try these alternatives to buying "Green" cleaners.

As with any cleaner, you should first test the cleaner to make sure that it not only works, but also for colorfastness. Try a small amount in an inconspicuous spot to ensure that it is safe to use in your unique home. You also should use rubber gloves to protect your skin.

~ ! NEVER Mix Bleach and Ammonia - You will create a TOXIC Chemical that Will Make Yourself and Family Very Sick ~ !

Separate and on their own, Bleach and Ammonia are wonderful cleaners. But they should never be mixed or combined. When in doubt, just don't do it!

Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children.

All Purpose Cleaner

Mix 4 tbsps baking soda with 1 quart warm water. Great for scrubbing countertops. However: It sometimes leaves a gritty film. Rinsing well takes care of this problem.

Glass Cleaner

Mix 3 tbsps white vinegar with 1 gallon cool water. For an extra streak-free shine wipe clean with newspaper. This works better than most store bought glass cleaners. However: It smells bad and requires extra wiping. Always test area before using.

A strong Glass cleaner is: Mix 1 cup Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 cup White vinegar.

Toilet Cleaner | Sanitizer

Undiluted White Vinegar to scrub the inside of the Toilet. Use a pumice stone to remove any hard water deposits.

For NON-Clogged Toilets only: Pour two cups of baking soda into toilet bowl, then scrub the inside, and flush. Then, pour two cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl, swish around the inside, and flush. Bonus: Regular use will keep your drains sparklingly clean.

If your Toilet is clogged... expect it to start bubbling over ala 3rd grade Volcano experiment.

Pour 1 to 1/2 cup Borax into the toilet bowl. For dirtier jobs, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the mix. Let it sit and then scrub.

Floor | Wood Cleaner

Murphys Oil soap is a great inexpensive cleaner and polisher for cabinets and wood floors. When using on wood floors always be cautious not to use a lot of water. Using too much water can bow and ruin wood flooring. It may leave spots on some wood floors.

Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in a solution to clean hardwood flooring.


White vinegar is a natural deodorizer. It actually absorbs odors instead of covering them up. Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry, so don't freak out!

Sprinkle baking soda over carpet and let it sit for an extended period of time. You can walk on it. It is also safe for pets. Then vacuum thoroughly.

Soap Scum

Undiluted White Vinegar, is very effective at cleaning hard water deposits.

For bad surfaces like shower walls, remove the pump from your spray bottle and heat your 1/2 Water, White Vinegar 1/2 solution in the microwave till it is warm. Spray the hot solution on the area's with soap scum. Wait 15 - 20 minutes, scrub & rinse.

Misc - Cleaning Tips

Run 1 cup of White Vinegar through your Coffee maker to clean it. Then run a pot or 2 of clean water to rinse.

Undiluted White Vinegar, is very effective at cleaning hard water deposits.

You can also soak your shower heads in a baggie of White Vinegar to clean hard water deposits.

Even more green cleaning tips:

The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-being

What is Toxic in Your Home and What is Not

The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning

Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home

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