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Tips for Making the Transition to Homemade Household Cleaners

Tips for Making the Transition to Homemade Household Cleaners

Making changes is usually best when done in small degrees. The same holds true to using household cleaners. Don't start out by dumping your commercial, toxic household cleaners and going cold turkey. If you pour your cleaners down the drain, you will be wasting money you have already spent. Finishing one bottle of commercial window cleaner won't kill the ozone layer. Instead, start gradually. As you use up a particular cleaner, replace it with a homemade one.

Even though your homemade cleaners are less toxic than commercial cleaners, don't take any chances - lock up your cleaning supplies.

Buy empty spray bottles to use with your new cleaners. And now it's time to stock up on supplies!

Baking soda

This little jewel is, without a doubt, the most versatile household cleaner you can have. It's non-toxic, cleans, deodorizes, scours, polishes and removes stains. Search the Internet for 'uses of baking soda' and you'll get more ideas than you can use in a lifetime.


You can use borax to boost the cleaning power of regular soap plus it deodorizes, removes stains, and prevents mold and odors. If you don't want to use bleach in your house, which is highly toxic, try borax instead.


Use to polish copper


Salt is a natural abrasive. Use it to clean all sorts of things. It's gentle and makes a great scouring powder.

Washing soda

Cuts grease and disinfects

White vinegar

Vinegar deodorizes laundry and sets the colors of new clothes. You can use it in the rinse cycle - about 1/2 cup will do. Vinegar also removes mildew, stains, wax buildup, grease and whitens.


Use cornstarch in place of baby powder. You can also use cornstarch to clean and deodorize your carpet.

Lemon juice

Whitens and removes stains on aluminum and porcelain.

At one time, only the most dedicated tree hugger would even consider doing something like this. But, as time has passed, more people are concerned about saving the environment and using green products, and therefore, make their own cleaners.


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