9 Safe Cleaning with DIY Product Recipes During Pregnancy

Posted by: on September 2, 2014

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Conventional cleaning products can be loaded with unsafe chemicals. Unfortunately there’s no telling which ones are safe or unsafe, as their formulas are currently government protected as trade secrets. That’s why you won’t find ingredient lists on most bottles.Thankfully, they’re not your only option. Green cleaners made from non-toxic household staples are safe, cheap, and effective. And they’re easy to DIY.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix ½ teaspoon of washing soda (sodium carbonate), 2 teaspoons of borax**, ½ teaspoon of plant-based liquid soap, and two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
2. Disinfecting Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons borax**, ¼ teaspoon liquid soap, 4 tablespoons white vinegar, and 3 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
If you want to skip the borax, look up a recipe for a hydrogen peroxide-based DIY cleaner.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
3. Safe Oven Cleaner: Combine 1 cup baking soda and ¼ cup of **washing soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to oven surfaces and let sit overnight. Wipe and rinse.
If you’d prefer not to use washing soda, try making a paste with only baking soda.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
4. Tub and Tile Scrubber: Mix 1 ⅔ cups baking soda, ½ cup liquid soap, and ½ cup water. Mix thoroughly then add 2 tablespoons white vinegar.
Apply immediately, scrub, and wipe.
For a mildly abrasive scouring scrub, just blend baking soda and plant-based liquid soap to your preferred consistency.
5. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Dump 1 cup of **borax and ¼ cup of white vinegar into the bowl.
Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and flush.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
6. Furniture Polish: Apply a 1:1 blend of olive oil and white vinegar, and polish with a soft cloth.
7. Glass and Window Cleaner: Combine a 1:1 mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
To remove the waxy buildup left behind by conventional glass cleaners, add ½ teaspoon of liquid soap to 1 cup each of water and white vinegar.
8. Mold and Mildew Cleaner: Mix 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, shake well, spray, and let stand a few hours before wiping.
Hydrogen peroxide will also work.
9. Floor Cleaner: Use ¼ cup washing soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 6 tablespoons of cornstarch, ¼ cup white vinegar, and 2 gallons of hot water for linoleum and no-wax floors.
For wood floors, use 1 cup of vinegar in a bucket of hot water.

 

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