Our Favorite Natural Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning Products

DIY Natural Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning Products

Below are some of our favorite DIY natural alternatives to toxic cleaning products. Some toxic chemical cleaners have been related to numerous health issues, so why use these products when you can make all-natural versions on your own? Some toxic cleaners contain harmful chemicals that when used inside can make the air polluted and sometimes even toxic. For small messes, at home cleaning solutions can be used to clean up! Here are some common cleaners and substitutions that can be made when a routine cleaning is needed.

Alternative to Toxic Toilet Cleaners

A common toilet cleaner is corrosive, containing hydrochloric acid which can cause harmful effects to children, pets, and you, if exposed for an extended amount of time. If you are just doing a weekly cleaning, a strong chemical may not be necessary. A good way to maintain a clean toilet is to occasionally spray some vinegar and baking soda and scrub. For a deeper cleaning, here are a few natural cleaning substitutes that can be used for a minor toilet cleaning:

  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil

For a more heavy duty cleaning, you can use the following recipe:

  • 3/4 cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil

Natural Alternative to Ammonia

If you suffer from asthma or other lung issues, you should generally try to avoid ammonia as it can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract. Ammonia is a common cleaning solution used for all purpose cleaner. If you are doing maintenance cleaning of small messes, a gentler solution can be used. Try some of these natural cleaning recipes.

  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

If you don’t have Castile soap on hand or prefer a vinegar mixture you can try this:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 a juiced lemon
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

If using the second solution, make sure to refrigerate due to the fresh lemon juice.

Why using phosphates are bad

Phosphates are a common chemical used in dishwashing soaps and detergents. Many times the residue left over from these chemicals seep into local waterways such as lakes and streams, causing algae blooms which eventually starve fish. Try this easy DIY dishwashing cleaner:

  • 1 Cup washing Soda
  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 3 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup water

Pour into ice trays to make tablets, then add to the dishwasher!

Vinegar for Cleaning windows and glass

Another common household cleaner ingredient is Butoxyethanol, this is commonly found in mirror cleaners, if exposed for an extended amount of time this ingredient can cause some irritation to the when inhaled. A good substitution is equal amounts:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Spray bottle

So simple! Spray, and wipe.

Better Alternative to Dryer Sheets

The last household item that can be potentially harmful is commonly found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets, called Quats, which is a skin irritant and can cause some respiratory irritation. This “Do it Yourself” is the easiest of them all! Just substitute vinegar for fabric softener to remove the static and soap residue. You can also try this fabric softener crystals recipe:

  • One cup of Epsom Salt
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil

You can add these crystals to the laundry load or make a liquid version by adding 1 cup of warm water and one cup of baking soda.

Let us know how you like our do it yourself natural cleaners!