Non-Toxic Cleaning Alternatives

clean-green-cleaning-productsMany of the products used to clean our homes contain hazardous chemicals that can affect the quality of living, and pollute the environment.

However, there exist a number of non-toxic products and ingredients that can be used as alternatives to harsh chemicals.

Note: None of the products listed below have been tested and their listing does not reflect endorsement by the Allen County Solid Waste Management District.

Baking Soda: (sodium bicarbonate) can be used to clean, neutralize acid, extinguish grease fires, deodorize odors in rugs, clothing, fridges and drains, clean and polish shiny metals without scratching, and soften fabrics and remove stains.
Borax: (sodium borate) can be used to clean, deodorize, inhibit the growth of mold or mildew, and combined with sugar to kill ants and cockroaches.

Cornstarch: can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpet and rugs, and starch clothes.

Lemon Juice: (citric acid) a deodorant that can be used to clean glass, and remove stains from aluminum, clothes and porcelain.

White Vinegar: can dissolve mineral deposits, grease and soap stains, remove mildew, polish metals, and deodorize.

Washing Soda: (SAL Soda: sodium carbonate decahydrate) can be used to clean grease on grills, broiler pans and ovens, and soften hard water.

Alternative Recipes

Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner

1 quart warm water
1 teaspoon liquid soap
1 teaspoon borax
1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix & store in a spray bottle.  Can clean countertops, floors, walls & carpet.

Glass Cleaner

1 quart warm water
1/4 cup white vinegar
or 2 tablespoons lemon juice


1/2 cup borax
1 gallon of hot water

Tub n’ Tile Cleaner

Scrub surfaces with baking soda slightly moistened with water.

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