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Instead of Harsher Household
Chemicals, your pets will
love you for it!
in Common Household Cleaners
for Harsh Cleaners Chart
| Toxins in Common
||Commonly Found In
||Lung and skin irritant.
for dangers in mixing chemicals.
||Preservative in many
household cleaners and air
really low levels can
cause watery or burning eyes, stuffy/burning nose and throat, nausea,
and wheezing, rashes, hives and allergic reactions.
|Hydrochloric acid or
||Toilet bowl cleaners
||Can burn skin, may
vomiting, diarrhea and
stomach burns if swallowed. May cause blindness of splashed in eyes.
||Dry cleaning spot
and carpet cleaners
||Eye, skin and lung
If ingested can
cause liver and kidney damage. Probable carcinogen and can accumulate
|Phenol and cresol
||Corrosive. May cause
dizziness and kidney and liver damage.
||Lung and eye irritant.
mixed with ammonia or
acid based cleaners, including vinegar, it releases toxic chloramines
gas. Short term exposure to the gas may cause mild asthmatic symptoms
or more serious respiratory problems.
White Vinegar: Used in many formulations. Great for cleaning and disinfecting.
Baking Soda: So many applications. Get the HUGE box and save some money.
Washing Soda: Can be found in the natural section or near laundry supplies in most groceries.
Borax: Boost the strength of cleaning solutions.
Salt: Great for adding an abrasive quality to your cleaners. Kosher or sea salt is best.
Mild Soap: Comes in both flakes and liquids. Vegetable based soap made from coconut or olive oil is known as castile soap and can be found at most health food stores and some groceries. Comes in scented and unscented. You will want unscented if you plan to add your own essential oils. This is NOT detergent! Many products today are detergents made from petroleum distillates which are both toxic and non-renewable.
Essential Oils: These are not fragrance or perfume oils but the volatile oils of plants. Note: If you have cats or small dog breeds check with your Veterinarian on safe use. Cats and small dogs are especially sensitive to essential oils. Essential oils may also interfere with homeopathic medicines. When in doubt, don't use them until you have consulted an expert. .
Containers: Spray bottles and storage containers come in a variety of sizes and styles and in both glass and plastic. You can usually find them in supermarkets, discount retailers, health food stores and container stores at very reasonable prices.
Carpet. To freshen the carpet you can make a simple mixture of equal parts baking soda and borax. Sprinkle on the carpet, then vacuum up. You can add several drops of your favorite essential oil to the powder mix. If you are concerned about fleas, Lemon grass and citronella oils are good choices.
Carpet Shampoo: This recipe will do a 10x13 room.
Rosemary-Lavender Carpet Shampoo (From The Naturally Clean Home by Karen Siegel-Maier)
2 Cups Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Soap Flakes (You can substitute Borax)
20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
8 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
1/2 Cup Vinegar
2 Cups Warm Water
Loosen dirt by vacuuming or sweeping the carpet. Combine baking soda, soap flakes and essential oils in a large glass or stainless bowl making sure to break up the clumps. Sprinkle mixture on the carpet. In a bucket, mix the vinegar and warm water. Dip a clean sponge mop into the bucket, squeezing out the excess liquid. Go over the carpet with the sponge mop working in sections. Wait one hour and vacuum.
Wood Floors: The best cleaner is a mixture of equal parts warm water and white vinegar. Combine in a spray bottle, spritz a small section and dry mop. You can add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to 3 Cups of this mixture. (Peppermint will kill germs and keep mice away for those of you in older homes or homes with attached garages.)Cleaning Counters and Cutting Boards
Vinyl or Tile Floors: Mix one gallon of hot water and 2-3 Tablespoons of a liquid Castile soap. To this mix you can either add lemon (great for kitchens) or pine essential oil. Use 10-20 drops of essential oils and if you feel creative, mix the oils. Dip your mop into the mixture, squeeze out the excess water and mop in small section. The best part of this mix is there is no rinsing needed and the residue won't hurt your dog (or spouse) if they happen to lick the floor when you are finished.
Counters: Cleaning counters is easy, all you need is hot water, white vinegar, borax and the essential oil(s) of your preference. (Lavender and lemon essential oils are antibacterial, anti fungal, anti viral and antibiotic.) For each cup of hot water use one tablespoon of vinegar and a light teaspoon of Borax. Add about 10-12 drops of essential oil. The oils are potent, so use sparingly.Cleaning Bathrooms
Wood Cutting Boards and Butcher Blocks: Mix a couple of teaspoons of salt (Sea Salt and Kosher Salt are grittier.) and a like amount of fresh lemon juice and vigorously rub into the wood. Gloves will help protect your hands. Let this sit on the wood for 10-20 minutes, then rinse with hot water while scrubbing. Allow the wood to dry thoroughly.
Soap: Mix equal parts washing soda, baking soda and real soap flakes. (You can grate pure Castile soap.) For tops loading washers use 1/2 Cup per load. For front loading washers use 1/4 Cup.
Deodorizer and Softener: Use 1/4 Cup white vinegar scented with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Whitener: One part hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts water. Soak item for 5-30 minutes. Rinse and wash if needed.
|All Purpose Cleaner
|Ammonia Based Cleaners
|Coffee Pot (Glass)
(Also, brass and pewter)
|Floor or Furniture
|Glass Cleaner (Windows
|Stainless Steel Polish
|Tub and Tile Cleaners
|Woodwork Water Stain
Mix 1/2 cup borax (a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water.Insecticides:
Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
Steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool.
Store in a recycled plastic spray bottle.
½ cup each bay and peppermint leaves
1 ½ teaspoons each citrus peels
What you do:
Grind the ingredients into a powder in a blender or with a mortar and pestle. Dust along baseboards, the back of counters, and other areas of infestation. Do not rinse.
All-Purpose Pennyroyal and Eucalyptus Spray (Insecticide)
1 teaspoon each essential oils of pennyroyal and eucalyptus
2 cups of water
What you need:
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray along baseboards, the backs of counters, and other areas of infestation.
|Flies and Bees
||Spray them with
hairspray and they will take a quick dive.
||Put in the freezer for
a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then
|Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
||Store appliance cords.
It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it
|Icy Door Steps in
||Dawn Dishwashing liquid can help reduce the ice on your steps. Mix 1-teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1-Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and 1/2-gallon of warm/hot water and pour over walkways. For more things to use the original blue Dawn for check out this site: Original Blue Dawn . . . It’s Not Just for Dishes AnymoreOne Good Thing by Jillee | One Good Thing by Jillee|
|Crayon marks on walls
||A damp rag, dipped in
baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is)
|Permanent Marker on
Appliances and Countertops
||Permanent marker on
appliances/counter tops like a store receipt BLUE? Rubbing alcohol on
||Make your SOS pads last
longer by cutting each pad in half. Added bonus, scissors get sharpened
in the process.
||Opening brand new jars
can be a feat in itself.
Well, I have found away to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of
a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply
reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to
the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the
|Blood Stains on Clothing
||Just pour a little
peroxide on a cloth
and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!
||Use vertical strokes
when washing the outside of windows and horizontal for the inside
of windows. This way you can tell
which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows
clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and
will probably streak. Use newspaper to dry the glass and you'll have
||Candles will last a lot
longer if placed in the
freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
|Cleaning Pots and Pans
||To easily remove burnt
on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and
enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
||Spray your Tupperware,
Gladware et cetera with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in
tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
||When a cake recipe
calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix
instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.
||Wrap celery in aluminum
foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
|Corn on the Cob
||When boiling corn on
the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural
||Take a lime, cut it in
half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
||Don't throw out all
that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles
||To get rid of itch from
mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience
||Ants, ants, ants
everywhere ... get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or
wherever ants tend to march. They won't
cross the chalk line.
||Spray on a little
foaming shaving lotion and wipe across the mirror. Keep wiping until
the residue is gone. Your mirror should stay steam free for up to a
||When you get a
splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a
needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.