There are simple and inexpensive recipes to decrease your chemical exposure and effectively clean your home. Recipes can be found by following the links below and in the Guide to Healthy Household Cleaners.
The ingredients below serve as the building blocks for safe home cleaning.
Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase the sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.
Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water. Available in the laundry section of grocery stores.
Look for soap with non-synthetic, plant-based ingredients such as olive oil-based. Available in grocery stores and health food stores.
Cuts grease and removes stains. Softens water. Available in the laundry section of grocery stores or in pure form from chemical supply houses as “sodium carbonate.”
White vinegar or lemon juice
Cuts grease and freshens.
Works well when polishing and cleaning wood.