Clean & Healthy Home Solutions:

The following are basic items in a "natural cleaning cabinet":

* Soap (not detergent), vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, salt, ammonia, borax, alcohol, cornstarch, lemon juice, Trisodium phosphate (TSP), steel wool, and mineral oil are great for keeping the house clean (click on each item to find what it is used for)

* Simple cosmetic preparations, such as coconut oil, wheat oil, grapeseed oil, even olive oil, eggs, clay, vinegar and herbs, keep your hair shiny and your and skin smooth.

* Safe pesticides / insecticides and weed control

Baking Soda:

* Absorbs odor and deodorizes
* Cleans without scratching and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, and tin.
* It can be used as a deodorizer in the refrigerator, on carpets, on upholstery and on vinyl. It can help deodorize drains.
* Extinguishes grease fires.
* Softens fabrics and removes certain stains.
* Softens hard water and makes a relaxing bath time soak.
* It is an effective underarm deodorant and toothpaste.
* For pet bird owners - it's a great scrubbing and scouring agent for cages.


* Borax is often recommended as a relatively "non-toxic" cleaning product or pesticide. However, even though it is effective, there are serious concerns about this product. Borax [boric acid] can cause serious health problems, including death. People who work with Borax are instructed to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, and in some instances surgical masks to protect workers from inhaling Borax. Borax is an acute eye and respiratory tract irritant, and is quite toxic when ingested. If using Borax for cleaning or pest control, it's important to remove all traces. ... This being said, below are the applications of Borax.
o It disinfects and inhibits the growth of mildew and mold
o It boosts the cleaning power of soap or detergent
o It removes stains and deodorizes
o It can be used with attractants such as sugar to kill insects, such as ants or cockroaches.
o Pet bird owners use it as a scouring agent for cages.
o Borax is toxic to pets (especially to cats who lick it off their coats - less so to dogs). It's best not to use it around them.


* Cleans windows
* Polishes furniture
* Shampoos carpets and rugs
* Starches clothes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

* Removes stains
* Disinfectant

Isopropyl Alcohol

* Excellent disinfectant and cleaning agent but it must be used in a well-ventilated space with adequate protection for the hands and skin.

Isopropyl Alcohol

* Excellent disinfectant and cleaning agent but it must be used in a well-ventilated space with adequate protection for the hands and skin.

Lemon Juice

* Deodorant.
* Cleans mineral bild-up, tarnish and grease
* A natural disinfectant
* Can be used to clean glass
* Remove stains from aluminum, clothes, and porcelain.
* It is a mild lightener or bleach, if used with sunlight.

BirdsMineral Oil:

* An ingredient in several furniture polish and floor wax recipes.


* Non-scratching abrasive cleaner.
* Combine with lemon to clean copper pans.
* Also see "Epsom Salt"

Soap (NOT detergent):

* Look for vegetable-oil-based liquid soaps.
* Castille soap can be used as a shampoo or as a body soap.
* Olive-oil based soap is gentlest to the skin.
* An all-purpose liquid soap can be made by simple dissolving the old ends of bar soap (or grated slivers of bar soap) in warm water.
* Anti-bacterial soaps

Steel Wool:

* Removes rust and stubborn food residues. Used to scour cook / bake ware and barbeque grills.

TSP (trisodium phosphate):

* TSP is a mixture of soda ash and phosphoric acid. TSP is toxic if swallowed, but it can be used on many jobs, such as cleaning drains or removing old paint, that would normally require much more caustic and poisonous chemicals and it does not create any fumes.

White Vinegar:

* Add to your steam cleaner to clean and get rid of pet stains and smells.
* Dissolves mineral deposits and grease.
* Removes traces of soap, removes mildew or wax buildup.
* Polishes some metals and deodorizes.
* Cleans brick or stone
* Cleans out the metallic taste in coffeepots and to shine windows without streaking.
* Ingredient in some natural carpet cleaning recipes.
* Vinegar is normally used in a solution with water, but it can be used straight.

Washing Soda or SAL Soda:

* Cuts stubborn grease on grills, broiler pans, and ovens.
* It can be used with soda instead of laundry detergent
* Softens hard water. (web)

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