My son had asthma, multiple food allergies, and chronic ear infections as a young child. I learned that in addition to providing my children with a healthy vegan lifestyle, I also needed to clean my house with non-toxic cleaning solutions. Because I read everything I could get my hands on about the health of our body and the health of our environment, the research I found directed me to change to the following cleaners. The following safer substitutes for household hazardous cleaners will create a toxin-free home. I love vinegar and baking soda, and you can see below just how useful they are as cleaners for your house:
Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and rub it over stains. Make a paste and allow it to set on stains.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Use baking soda or white distilled vinegar and a brush.
Use a 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar and boiling water.
To Replace Ammonia Based Cleaners
Use baking soda and water
Use a spray or roller with a solution of white vinegar and hot water.
Leave an opened box of baking soda or vinegar in the room, use fresh flowers or herbs, or set out a small dish of pure vanilla extract.
Use compost or organic fertilizer free of animal products
Use lemon oil.
Use a solution of 2 Tablespoons of vinegar and 1 quart of warm water.
Cleaning Tile or Linoleum Floor
Mop the floor with 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 2 gallons of water or Ecover Dish Cleaner mixed with water.
Porcelain or Other Counter Top Cleaner
Use a baking soda paste to remove stains.
Instead of Moth Balls
Use cedar chips or lavender