Toxin Free America – Cleaning Substitutes Pt.2

Hi everyone!

Last week we looked at the large amount of toxic cleaners out on the market. Many people think all these products do is clean, but in fact they are layering your home and surfaces with much worse things – formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform and toluene amongst hundreds of others!! See Pt.1 to understand just how bad it gets.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!! We, as the consumers, play a KEY role in supporting, or not, these companies.

Let’s look at some Natural and Healthy alternatives!! There are so many to choose from that I’m just going to touch on my favorite ones:



Dish and Laundry Detergents – You can use liquid castille soap to do both these jobs, so it’s often economical and earth friendly (save the world from more plastic!) to buy a large amount of liquid castille soap and do multiple things with it. As it is a soap, you can use it on your face, body, and countertops for basic cleaning. I recommend Dr.Bronner’s.

Sinks, showers, tubs, and ceramic tile: Create a homemade soft scrubber by combining 1 tablespoon liquid Castile soap and 1/3 cup baking soda.

Floors – You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of ¼ cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add ¼ cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. leather upholstery: Add 2 drops liquid Castile soap to 1 quart warm water. Apply to the leather with a barely moist sponge.

You can clean the outside of your car with it, your marble countertops, even your stove top and vent hood.


I have used Seventh Generation before, and they have some varieties that make your clothes smell wonderful with essential oils! Bi-O-Kleen is also a really good company to check out, as is Sal Suds and Flora, Inc.


Disinfectant – You can use straight cheap vodka to clean countertops and most surfaces. It’s a great disinfectant.


Windows – mix vinegar with lots of water in a spray bottle and spray on windows, using newspaper to wipe with.

Glassware: For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.

Moldy walls: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.

Grease – A solution of white vinegar with water will also cut grease down pretty quick.

Dishwasher: To disinfect the interior of the machine, pour ½ cup vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle, says Hunter. Or place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.

Drains: Clean drains―and the pipes they’re attached to―by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.

Steam iron: To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water; press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.


Basic Surfaces – Baking soda and water do wonders on metal surfaces, and all kinds of surfaces for that matter.

Garage floors (and other concrete surfaces): Pour washing soda generously on oil and grease spots and sprinkle with water until a paste forms. Let stand overnight. The next day, scrub with a damp brush, hose down, and wipe clean.

Grills and barbecue utensils: To combat tough grease stains, dip a moist stiff- bristled brush in washing soda and scrub away.

Stained teacups and coffee mugs: Fill with 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water and soak overnight; rub with a sponge and rinse.

Scuffed walls: Erase crayon marks by applying a baking- soda paste (equal parts baking soda and water) to white painted walls (baking soda may dull colored walls). Let dry before brushing it off with a clean cloth.


Basic Surfaces – Dip the cut side of a lemon in baking soda and use this to rub and clean surfaces (except delicate stone like marble or stainless steel- discoloration can happen)

Scale – Combat lime scale by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.

Stains – To bleach stains from tomato soup and other acidic foods on dishwasher-safe items, rub lemon juice on the spots, let dry in a sunny place, then wash as usual.

Laundry – To brighten whites, add 1/2 cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle for a normal-size load.


Cleaning solution: Put orange peels in a jar, fill with vinegar, let sit for 2 weeks and presto, you have natural all-purpose cleaning solution. Transfer to a spray bottle and enjoy a clean fragrant home.


For Toilets – Add 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water to a spray bottle. Shake, then spritz along the toilet’s inside rim. Let sit for 30 minutes; scrub. You can also place a few drops of your favorite oil on the inside of the toilet-paper tube. “Every time the paper is used, the scent will be released,” says Siegel-Maier.

Windows – Mix 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil to wipe grime off windows. Bonus: These oils may repel flies.


Cast-iron pans: Make a scrubbing paste with vegetable oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt to combat cooked-on debris, then rinse with hot water.

Leather shoes: Wipe away dirt with a damp sponge, then apply a drop of vegetable oil to a soft cloth and rub the surface to remove scuff marks. Buff the shoes with a chamois to a shine.

Stainless-steel surfaces: For extra sparkle, pour olive oil onto a cloth and buff.

Wood furniture: Make your own polish by mixing 2 cups olive or vegetable oil with the juice of 1 lemon; work it in with a soft cloth. To smooth out scratches in light-colored wood, rub them with a solution of equal parts olive or vegetable oil and lemon juice.


Thieves-Cleaner – a blend of natural essential oils to clean and disinfect the whole household! Perfect for flu season!

I would have to say, in summing up, that my top 4 favorite cleaning ingredients are Castille Soap, White Vinegar, Lemon and Baking Soda.

castille soapwhite vinegarlemonbaking soda

All are incredibly cheap to buy, body and earth friendly to use, and effective!!!

I hope this has encouraged you to re-evaluate the need for all those toxic cleaners, and to start using the good, natural and effective cleaners that have been listed above. If there is something you need to clean that I haven’t listed (I’m sure there is) do a quick search online with the words “natural cleaner” added to it, and I’m sure you will find an earth and body friendly solution.

Let’s clean our homes and clean our bodies safely! Use natural products that won’t put toxins in your home, and cause illnesses and allergies in you and your loved ones.

With love, and to your health!

Irina Thomason

 The Natural Ways

The Natural Ways


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shamrockexpress
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 02:55:16

    Love these alternatives!
    A couple of little ideas, and some of the alternatives I like to use include

    Baking Soda, Lemon, Borax (great for painted surface too), White Vinegar, alcohol, Cornstarch (window cleaner and polisher!)
    So here’s a few mixes!
    – Lemon and Salt mix is great for grease and grime! It’s also good for a body exfoliate

    -White Vinegar in a microwave safe cup (1 part vinegar, 2 parts hot water) and ‘zap’ it for 5 mins then wipe out the microwave – works a treat.

    – Also- 1/5 cup of vinegar in with water in the boiler/jug and it cleans it out (remember to empty that mix before making the next lot of tea!)

    – Air freshener- mix some baking soda, vinegar and citrus juice in a small dish to absorb any odors

    – OF course! Having plants indoors, well looked after, always helps with oxygen and a generally nice smell

    – vinegar- helps with any smells in the house- boil on stove, wipe utensils with it, also a mix with hot water to clean cupboards

    – For a very homely smell- cinnamon and other spices simmering on the stove is beautiful!

    – lemon, bi carb soda and hot water, sprayed onto mould in bathrooms helps

    – Carpet Stains can be dealt with by mixing equal White vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray on stain, let sit for about 8 mins and clean with brush

    – Grease spots- sprinkle corn starch onto spot, wait 15-20 minutes, vacuum

    – Running a slice of lemon over anything in the kitchen always works a treat! (if tough stains- squeeze juice on and rub)

    – I know it’s not homemade, but milton tablets – always work on stains!

    – Disinfectant alternative- 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 3 cups of hot water and 3 teaspoons of borax

    – Marks on walls and painted surfaces – baking soda applied to damp sponge, rub gently, wipe, rinse

    – Moth repellant- dried lemon peels

    – Oven cleaner – moisten surface with damp cloth, mix 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt and 1.4cup water to make a thick paste, spread through interior and rub gently with steel wool or toothbrush

    – For you Irina! Paint brush cleaner – lemon juice and hot water. OR for ongoing projects- wrap the brush in a plastic bag/cling wrap – the paint won’t dry and you can keep going the next day!

    – remove rust with salt, lime, leave until soaked and scrub

    – shoe polish – olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice applied with rag, leave for a few minutes and wipe off.

    – removing stickers on walls – sponge vinegar on the stickers, wait 15 minutes then rub off stickers.

    – the ickiest of cleaning- the toilet – 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, pour in, let sit for 10 minutes, scrub.

    -Tea tree oil and lemon are always my go-to!

    I hope that’s a few more fun ideas!

    Love Bri x


  2. Jim
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 23:32:13

    is good artikel Thank you so much , Adwin


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