All-purpose cleaners, often used in the kitchen, are harmful because of their fumes and the chemical residues left on surfaces. 2 These same fumes – and odors from other products – can create a lot of pollution. In fact, air inside a home is two to five times more polluted than air outside a home, thanks to cleaning fumes and air fresheners. 3
Bathrooms are easily filled with hazardous cleaning fumes. Even though most cleaning products for bathrooms should be used in well-ventilated spaces, most bathrooms are anything but well-ventilated. 4 Bathroom cleaners are particularly dangerous because they contain extremely harsh chemicals that are able to kill living things, like mold. 5 Yet the cleaners don’t stop at killing mold – they also harm other living things, like people.
Fortunately, there are safe and affordable alternatives.
In the kitchen, you can:
- Mix baking soda with lemon juice or vinegar for an effective scrubbing paste.
- Dilute one part vinegar with one part water for an all-purpose cleaning spray.
- To clean stainless steel, use baking soda and vinegar.
- You also can scrub a dirty sink – or a pan with caked-on food – with salt.
- To easily remove crusty foods stuck in pots, boil water in the pot along with baking soda; if all the food doesn’t come off the first time, try once more.
In the bathroom:
- Sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge to clean your sink or bathtub. Rinse with a little vinegar to remove any of the soda’s residue.
- Sprinkle baking soda in your toilet and scrub with a brush, and then rinse with vinegar.
- Or, clean your toilet bowl by sprinkling Borax, then scrubbing with a brush.
- Mildew in tile grout disappears by spritzing on rubbing alcohol.
How about you – do you use any effective natural cleaning methods? If so, please leave a comment.
1. “Safer Cleaning Products. Fact Sheet.” Philip Dickey. Washington Toxics Coalition.
2. “For Your Home: Household Cleaners.” The Naked Truth Project. Consumer Products Guide.
3. “A Healthy House.” The Naked Truth Project.
4. “For Your Home: Household Cleaners.” The Naked Truth Project. Consumer Products Guide.
5. “For Your Home: Household Cleaners.” The Naked Truth Project. Consumer Products Guide.
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