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Green Product Alternatives

Looking for safer alternatives to chemical-laden cleaning methods? Try a variety of green cleaning products to keep your home toxin-free.

Fortunately, there are lots of options for people who would like to reduce or eliminate toxins from their cleaning products. Home-made products can be created with inexpensive ingredients you probably already have. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • To clean the microwave, heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for about 45 seconds, then wipe. Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors will be neutralized.
  • Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave over-night, and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining germs plus neutralize odors.
  • Anti-bacterial spray can be made from water and pure essential lavender oil. Mix 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon lavender oil in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray and wait 15 minutes before wiping or don’t rinse at all.
  • For a natural pet shampoo, Mix 2 cups warm water, 2 teaspoons liquid castile soap, 2 tablespoons pure aloe-vera gel, and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to blend. Wet your pet’s coat, and then work in shampoo a few tablespoons at a time, lathering as you go. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • The basic ingredients for natural green cleaning products might already be in your pantry:

    • Distilled white vinegar – good for dissolving grease, dirt, soap, scum and mineral deposits. Also absorbs odors.
    • Baking soda – an effective replacement for harsh scouring powders. Mildly abrasive and naturally deodorizing.
    • Borax – good for cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing.
    • Lemon juice – cuts grease, freshens and deodorizes, fights household bacteria.
    • Water – distilled is best, but tap is fine.
    • Castille soap – all-purpose cleaner for around the house.
    • Hydrogen peroxide – (3%) a natural anti-bacterial, whitener and mold cleaner