How To Make Your Own Non Toxic Household, Laundry, Bathroom, Nursery & Kitchen Cleaning Products
SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL THE NATURAL RECIPES FOR:
SAFE DISINFECTANT FOR TOYS
NON TOXIC DRAIN CLEANER - DRANO SUBSTITUTE
GREEN BATH TUB SCRUB CLEANSER
NON TOXIC TOILET BOWL CLEANER
NATURAL HOUSEHOLD ALL PURPOSE CLEANER
DISINFECTANT KITCHEN SPRAY CLEANER
NATURAL AIR FRESHENER
TOXIN FREE WINDOW CLEANER
NATURAL DIAPER PAIL SOAK
ALL These RECIPES are COLOUR CODED to match the titles above.
These days, there are many different recipes for making your own green cleaning products, often from stuff you already have in your house like the list below. Other items can be purchased from the pharmacy, grocery stores and natural food stores.
FROM BAKING SECTION of GROCERY STORE:
Salt - course sea salt or iodized table salt
Plain White Vinegar
FROM LAUNDRY SECTION of GROCERY STORE:
Ivory Soap Flakes
FROM HERBAL STORE OR HERBAL PHARMACY:
EXTRACTS OF: echinacea, tea tree oil, rosemary, lavender, garlic, lemon, golden seal, colloidal silver
Natural Liquid Soap (ie Castille Soap), Grape Seed Extract
Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)
Safe Disinfectant for Kids ToysKids toys should be cleaned fairly regularly, especially for babies & toddlers who put toys in their mouths and thus getting food & milk particles all over it. These particles can multiply and or mutate to become an illness causing pathogens. Cold germs & virus can also live for weeks on toys and can easily transmit illness from one child to another by toy sharing. Parents should not get too uptight about protecting their child from every germ in the world, since studies have shown that babies NEED to be exposed to lots & lots of germs, bugs, viruses and allergens in order to develop their immune systems properly. That being said, WE all know that those toys get TOO dirty from pets, outside use, other sick kids or just a nice messy lunch. That's when we really must give the toys a good wash. There is no need to use bleach or any other disinfectant products. A good recipe for toy disinfectant spray is made using water, castille soap and grapeseed extract or tea tree oil to make a spray that can be used to wipe clean any larger toy surfaces.
2 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon of Tea Tree Oil or Grapeseed Extract
1 Tablespoon of liquid natural soap ie Castille Liquid Soap
Plush toys can be thrown in the wash with a natural laundry disinfectant such as borax. You can dry them in the dryer or out in the sun where the suns rays act as a natural virus, mold & bacteria killer.
To make a disinfecting soak pail for toys that cannot go into the dishwasher ( too soft or delicate) you can use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide in 2 gallons of water to clean & kill germs. Soak toys for 30 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Recipe For Natural Drano Substitute
We are all accustomed to using the old DRANO method of unclogging our clogged drains, but there is no need to put that kind of toxic product into your drain. Drano & other chemical drain un-cloggers have sodium hydroxide in them which is very toxic and can cause serious burns to the skin, throat , eyes & lungs. Imagine what all 400 million North Americans who are pouring Drano down their sinks, tubs & showers are doing to the water systems and all our fragile aquatic eco-systems. Here’s an easy home remedy that is safe, gentle and non-toxic. You can quickly make it from ingredients you probably have in your kitchen cupboard:
All you need is these two ingredients:
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup White Vinegar (Full Strength)
Step 1. Drain all the water from your sink or tub by bailing & then sopping up the rest (I bet a Shamwow would be handy for this part, but an old towel works too)
Step 2. Dump the 1/2 cup of baking soda into the clogged drain.
Step 3. Pour the 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain.Step 4.
Step 5. Pour about 2 litres of hot water down the drain - NOT BOILING!
Repeat if necessary, just like you usually have to do with Drano. If your drain is still plugged, DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THE TEMPTATION TO GET OUT THE NASTY TOXIC DRANO - it will react to the vinegar & baking soda that are already in your drain to make a noxious toxic white smoke that will hurt you!
What you need to do next is get out the rubber toilet plunger and use it on the drain of your tub or sink. To succeed with the plunger you need to really push hard on the down stroke to push the clog through the pipe and away. A bunch of ugly black/grey scum will come out of the drain with each upstroke but just keep going until the water drains freely. It may take a few dozen pumps/plunges with the plunger, but in the end your sink WILL DRAIN!
Recipe For Homemade
Green Bathtub Cleaner
1 cup cup eco friendly dish soap
1 tsp cinnamon oil/extract
OPTIONAL: tea tree oil or oregano oil - 1 tsp These 2 oils do not smell quite as fresh as the cinnamon oil, but have more powerful disinfection properties if needed.
Stir the liquid soap into the epson salt a bit at a time until it has the consistency of cake icing. Add the cinnamon oil or other additives, mixing thoroughly.
To use this bath cleaner, first wet your tub and tiles down with hot water. Then pour some of your organic bathroom cleaner into the tub and then spread it all over the sink or tub area, with your mop or a sponge and then scrub.
For extra cleaning power, add baking soda to lift stains and kill germs.
If you want to thoroughly disinfect all those germs & bacteria, leave the cleaning solution on for about ten minutes, and then rinse & scrub with hot water.
Your tub, shower & sinks will be shiny, residue free and truly clean, without toxic chemicals.
Recipe NON TOXIC Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This is a two part mix that bubbles your bowl clean & fresh without any toxic chemicals
Step 1) Pour about 1/2 cup of regular baking soda into the toilet water in the bow.
Step 2) Drizzle with vinegar.
Step 3) Let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub and flush.
Add borax into the mixture and let it sit for awhile to get stains out of porcelain.
Recipe Non Toxic Household Cleaner
1 tsp. liquid soap (castille, peppermint)
1 tsp. borax
Squeeze of lemon
1 qt. warm water
¼ c. baking soda
½ c. borax
½ c. vinegar
1 gal. water
For surfaces that need scouring, try moist salt or baking soda and a green scouring pad.
Recipe Toxin Free Disinfectant Kitchen Spray
This is another TWO PART METHOD
You'll need 2 spray bottles, one solid/colored to protect the contents from sunlight.
Part 1) In one spray bottle, put undiluted white vinegar.
Part 2) In a colored bottle, (keeps sunlight out), put 3 % hydrogen peroxide.
Spray one after the other on desired surface. Leave several minutes and wipe clean. This is an extremely effective disinfectant, but only when both the vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide are BOTH used.
The best natural air freshener I have found is Rosemary Oil, available at alternative health stores & herbalists.
RECIPE NATURAL AIR FRESHENER
All you need to do is place about 10 drops of rosemary oil/essence onto a cotton ball. Leave the balls around in discreet locations all over your house where odours tend to be. Just like you would do with the toxic chemical solid or oil air fresheners.
An additional bonus to using Rosemary Oil as your air freshener - Rosemary acts on our brains as a reviver or energizer. Try inhaling a nice deep breath of Rosemary whenever you need an instant picker upper.
NON TOXIC WINDOW CLEANERInstead of buying the usual noxious window cleaning products, you can use vinegar diluted with a little water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and wash your windows like you usually do.
3 Part Vinegar : 1 Part Water
Re-using newspaper to clean windows works really well and you will save on paper towels. Cloth rags are usually too linty!
NATURAL DIAPER PAIL SOAKIf you are using cloth diapers for your baby, then you will need to properly disinfect the soiled diapers by soaking them in a diaper pail. We used to just bleach our babies diapers in a Chlorine Bleach Solution, but chlorine is a very nasty, dioxin producing chemical that SHOULD NEVER BE ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR BABY! So, to replace the chlorine and still get your baby's diapers safely disinfected, use one of the two soak solutions below.DO NOT MIX ANY of the 3 Soaks - USE ONE OR THE OTHER!Soak #1 - 1/4 c. baking soda & 1/2 c. borax in 2 gal. water
Soak #2 - 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide in 2 gallons water
Soak #3 - Epson Salt is a great disinfectant. It is actually a substance called Magnesium Sulphate. Put about 1 cup in 2 gallon water for a natural diaper soak.
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