I am often asked about which products are safe to use in homes with pets and small children. Supermarkets can be confusing, especially with every chemical company out there relabeling their products to indicate that they are “natural”. Well, the only “natural” thing there is about most of these products is the natural rash you get when their chemical touches your skin. This is what happens to me, for the most part. I have more allergies than I care to think about but am very much aware of what will trigger any one of them. For me, there is no part time solution. It is just a way of life for me. I can’t just use something that makes my skin itch or gives me a nasty sinus headache. I have to be careful and use what works but also what works for my body.
Now there are also the proven and established non-toxic, eco-friendly products available such as VT Soap Company’s Liquid Sunshine . However, sometimes, you don’t need to buy anything. You can actually use what is in your own pantry!
For greasy stains, use a combination of 1/3 cup white vinegar to 2 tablespoons baking soda. It is actually pretty cool to watch it fizz. Kids find it amusing and it will inspire them to actually WANT to clean!
Here is a list for you to try:
Boric Acid- This is a white powder that is sold in most drug stores and supermarkets.
- Bug Infestations: If you EVER get fleas, lice or any kind of bug infestation, wash all clothing and blankets with boric acid. It is non-toxic and very cheap to use. Just be careful not to get it into your eyes and wash your hands thoroughly after using it.
- Laundry Boost- It will help get your whites whiter
White Vinegar: Great for cleaning glass, hard surfaces, porcelain,etc. No, you will not smell like a salad. The scent does dissipate and actually removes odors from the room oddly enough.
Bleach alternatives: I am allergic to bleach and will only use it if I have an out of control issue that I am battling with mold. However, you can use Hydrogen peroxide to get out blood and other tough stains. If you pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide on a new stain, it will lift the particles. Continue to rinse in cold water till the stain is gone. Scrubbing the garment briskly with a bristle brush with a little soap will also help.
WOOD POLISH: Mix 3 parts olive oil and 1 part white vinegar. You can also use Almond or olive oil (use on interior unvarnished wood only)
Scrubbing Cleanser: Simply add some white vinegar to baking soda and make into a paste. Use a natural bristle brush or sponge.
WINDOW CLEANER: Add one cup of white vinegar to 1 quart warm water. Use newspaper to clean windows and mirrors with this mixture for a streak free shine.
MILDEW REMOVER: Paste of equal parts lemon juice and salt
Pet Stains: Hydrogen Peroxide gets them out of the floor really well.
Coffee Pots: I take 1/4 cup of salt and add it to one cup of ice. I swirl it around the pot several times and then let it sit. It really cleans the pot out without altering the flavor of the coffee.
Clogs: To unblock drains the natural way put 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup bi-carb down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup hot water.
Please feel free to add any suggestions. Happy cleaning!