6 Green Cleaners For A Non-Toxic Home

Apr 15, 2016 @ Project Juice

By Marra St. Clair

Conventional cleaning solutions may leave your windows streak free, but they also pollute your air quality, expose you to cancer causing chemicals and can put the health of your family and pets in danger in the process.
 
If you’re preparing for your annual Spring Clean, learn about these 6 green cleaners for a healthier home cleaning solution. 
 
White Vinegar 
Distilled vinegar is the holy grail of cleaning solutions. This inexpensive natural cleaning staple loosens dirt, disinfects, bleaches, deodorizes, and removes mineral deposits and stains. 
 
Our Favorite Use:
Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 8 ounces of warm water and spray on windows before wiping clean for shiny, streak free windows. 
 
Baking Soda
In addition to leaving a box open in your fridge for odor absorption, did you know it’s also an incredible deodorizer for carpets and upholstery? It’s abrasive texture is great for cleaning countertops and tubs. 
 
Our Favorite Use:
Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with 16 ounces of water. Dip a cloth in the solution to clean off outdoor furniture, for a good as new look. 
 
Washing Soda
Save this cleaning weapon for the heavy lifting type of cleaning, like removing impossible stains and cleaning neglected, grimy pots and pans or ovens. Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate, is very similar to baking soda, but with a higher alkalinity for even more effective use as a stain remover. The high alkalinity makes it great for treating hard water. Try adding washing soda (typically found in the laundry detergent aisle of your market) to washes that need extra attention. 
 
Our Favorite Use:
Add ½ cup of washing soda to your next load of towels, for awesome freshness!
 
Lemon Juice
The acidic nature of lemons, make their juice perfect for bleaching and disinfecting. Lemon juice can cut grease, polish metal and lighten stains. A half lemon and some salt make a great disinfecting scrubber for cutting boards, and you can use a lemon rind to bleach your sink. 
 
Our Favorite Use:
Remove unsightly tarnish from your silver by rubbing lemon slices with a bit of baking soda on spots. 
 
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is a non-toxic disinfectant, and it also works as bleach. Use the three percent solution that you can find in any drugstore. 
 
Mix 2 parts water with 1 part hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Spray this solution on bathroom and kitchen counters, allow to sit for 20-30 minutes, wipe away. 
 
Our Favorite Use:
Clean up red wine spills! Soak up as much as you can with a paper towel, and then mix a teaspoon of eco-friendly dish soap with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Blot this hydrogen/soap solution on the stain, with a dry towel behind the fabric to soak up the stain. This works like magic on carpet and clothes. 
 
Cleaning Beeswax
This natural wax is a great (possibly the best) furniture polish! Use sparingly. A little goes a long way. 
 
Our Favorite Use: Put a small amount on a non-abrasive cloth and use to revive wood furniture.
 
 
There are an abundance of healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly all natural cleaning alternatives that will work wonders around your home. Add these tried-and-true, DIY green cleaners to your cleaning regime today! 

Author: Marra St. Clair

Co-Founder of Project Juice, Marra also holds a certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning as a Pilates instructor, and is also a certified personal trainer from the Academy of Sports Medicine, a certified Gyrotonic instructor, a certified nutritional consultant and a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. When she is not coaching people through Project Juice, she is a highly recommended personal trainer and Pilates instructor.