Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Non-toxic House Cleaners

It's springtime and it makes me want to clean the house. I like to use THIS product everywhere: kitchen floor, bathroom, cabinets, doors, even for carpet stains. It's called Advanage, The Wonder Cleaner and it's an all-purpose cleaner made from an aloe vera base. The lady who sold it to me even ate some to prove that it's natural and non-toxic. It comes in a huge, concentrated bottle, which lasts all year. I love it for killing ants, too. (Sorry if you think that's cruel, but we get infestations in the winter here. If you know of a different non-toxic ant-killer or deterant, let me know!) I love non-toxic cleaners that actually work, and this one totally does. And the best part about this cleaner is it smells good and you don't have to cover your nose and mouth while you use it. It's even safe to use during pregnancy. A huge bottle costs $39, but if you buy three you get a big discount. My friend, Daniella, uses Maleleuca products, which are also non-toxic and biodegradable. What cleaners work for you in your home?


  1. Vinegar and water for most surfaces. Baking soda and borax for scouring (or if I run the dishwasher). None of these are toxic in small amounts. I do keep some bleach on standby for the stains that won't come out any other way or to occasionally spray down our shower (the climate here encourages some crazy mold growth!!) I also use the baking soda and borax with water and homemade soap in our laundry.

  2. Wow, thanks for the ideas. And homemade soap! What is your recipe?

  3. Here is the first soap recipe I tried. It called for beef fat, and I have to say that I think that is the easiest type of soap to start with. All vegetable oiled soaps tend to be a bit trickier in my opinion!

    There are also a few other links under the cleaning tab (on the right) for how to make laundry soap, treating grease stains, treating color stains, making dishwashing powder, etc.