So after I discovered this awful silver cleaning spray polish that has been following me around for years and until recently, was still lurking in the dark corner of my cabinet beneath the kitchen sink, I thought I would investigate to see what other toxic cleaners are still haunting me. Even though I have made a more earth-friendly switch on all cleaners, I was surprised to see what I still had around.
Here is a recap of both the BAD and the UGLY too…
If you find yourself in a similar hazardous situation, here are 10 green and good replacements you can easily incorporate, either in a DIY form* and/or switching to a more eco-friendly brand.
|Exchange This Toxic Bad Guy||For This Green & Good Guy|
|1. Dish Washing Detergent / Rinse Aid||1 tablespoon Borax/1 tablespoon Washing Soda in detergent compartment/White vinegar in rinse aid compartment|
|2. Air Freshener||1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 cup water. Pour in small spray bottle. Optional: Add 7 drops of essential oil (orange, lavender) to enhance fragrance.|
|3. Stainless Steel Cleaning||Straight Vinegar spray. Wipe (diligently) with microfiber or soft cloth.|
|4. Abrasive Scouring Powder||Baking soda/vinegar for toilets. Baking soda for sinks and tubs. Favored Brand: Bon Ami|
|5. Disinfectant for cutting boards, counter tops before and after meal prep||Hydrogen Peroxide /Vinegar. First spray area with peroxide then wipe/follow by vinegar spray and wipe clean.|
|6. All Purpose Cleaner||2 parts water and 1 part vinegar mixed in spray bottle. Add 15 drops of essential oil for fragrance.|
|7. Glass Cleaner||1. ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, 2 cups water mixed in spray bottle. 2. A microfiber cloth works great all by itself.|
|8. Furniture Polish||1. Always a cloth duster with nothing on it. 2. ½ teaspoon olive oil, ¼ cup vinegar mixed and stored in glass jar. Use as needed.|
|9. Carpet Deodorizer||Baking soda – sprinkle liberally and wait a few minutes then vacuum. Add a few drops of essential oil or aromatic flower petals you may have on hand for added fragrance.|
|10. Silver Polish||1 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons salt to boiling water. Pour over silver placed in aluminum pan or line a pan/bowl with aluminum foil.|
There are many other DIY recipes and brands in addition to what works for me. What homemade options or non-toxic brands work best for you?
*I have gathered these homemade options from various places over time without keeping track of the original source and do not claim any as my own.