8 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Easily Make
Never waste your money on "antibacterial" cleaners and soaps whose active ingredients have been linked to thyroid damage, water pollution, and the emergence of drug-resistant super bugs like MRSA. Instead, kill germs with this all-purpose vinegar solution. It'll only cost about 20 cents! PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTINE GLADE/GETTY
9 parts water 1 part white vinegar
Related: Bleach Versus Vinegar: Which Is A Better Disinfectant? Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and clean away! For particularly nasty messes, such as a countertop after you've handled raw meat on it, squirt straight white vinegar on the surface, and follow with a squirt of hydrogen peroxide to knock out virtually all germs. (Remember to do a spot test first to make certain the surface doesn't discolor or otherwise react.)
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Common tile cleaners are laced with dozens of contaminants, including chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive damage, and hormonal harm. A 2009 analysis even detected formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene—components of gasoline—in the popular cleaner Comet. To clean greener, make your own scrubbing paste.
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½ cup baking soda Liquid soap (we like Dr. Bronner's peppermint) 5 to 10 drops of pure essential oil of lavender or rosemary, or tea tree oil (optional) Place baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in liquid soap, stirring until it looks like frosting. Add optional essential oils. Scoop onto a sponge, scrub, and rinse. You can also try cutting a lemon in half and using that as a scrubber.
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Avoid polluting your indoor air with the harsh ingredients that are often found in store-bought oven cleaners. This recipe works just as well. 2 cups hot water 1 tablespoon natural dish liquid (We like Ecover dishwashing liquid) 1 teaspoon borax Mix the ingredients, spray on a spill, let sit for 20 minutes, and wipe off with a clean cloth. For handling an extra-greasy mess, wipe off as much loose goop as possible with crumpled newspaper first, then use the spray.
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