Safer Cleaning At Home
Protect your family from harsh chemicals by making your own household cleaning products using these simple ingredients:
- Liquid soap free of antibacterial, Triclosan, and fragrance
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
- Microfiber cloth
- Scrub brush
- Leave open boxes of baking soda in the refrigerator, closet or bathroom.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of trash cans.
- Simmer water with cinnamon sticks, orange peel, or cloves.
- Insert cloves into a fresh orange.
- Keep your home and closets clean and well-ventilated.
All Purpose Cleaner
- Mix (Triclosan free) liquid soap with water.
- Mix liquid soap with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, lemon juice, and water.
- Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, and add some lemon juice to create a fresh and natural scent.
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet (option to add 30 drops lavender oil to 2 cups baking soda). Let it set overnight, or for as long as possible. Vacuum.
Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaner
Mix 1 quart warm water, 1 tablespoon of mild liquid soap, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar. Apply a damp cloth or sponge and rub gently. Wipe with a clean cloth and allow to dry.
Use mild, biodegradable detergents. Look for naturally derived or glycerin-based soaps.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by 1/2 a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, then pour 2 quarts of boiling water down the drain.
Mix 1 quart water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray surfaces and rub with a clean, soft, lint free cloth or newspaper.
Use plain soap, free of fragrances, dye, and color.
Kitchen: Countertop, Floor, & Appliances
- Use soapy water or soapy water mixed with vinegar.
- Combine 1 part vinegar with 1 part water into a spray bottle.
- To kill mold, mix 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil into 2 cups of water and apply with a sponge. Dry thoroughly.
- Reduce moisture. If a surface is damp, mold can grow. Spores circulate in the air and cannot be eliminated.
- Let vinegar sit on the mold. Clean with soapy water. Dry thoroughly or mold may return.
- To clean mildew from a shower curtain, machine wash with a 1/2 cup of soap and a 1/2 cup of baking soda, then add 1 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Go to smchealth.org/healthyhome for moisture and mold reduction tips.
Mix 2 tablespoons of liquid soap, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 quart of warm water. Apply to oven and leave on for 20 minutes, then scrub.
Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and mix. Using a squeeze-top bottle, let sit on grout for 5 minutes or scrub immediately. Rinse well with water.
- Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and sprinkle with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (3% solution), then brush.
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) can also be used as a disinfectant.
Wood Furniture & Floor Polish
- Mix 2 parts vegetable oil to 1 part lemon juice. Rub mixture in and let sit for 5 minutes. Polish with a soft cloth.
- Oil soap is also an effective, safe option.