Friday, May 21, 2010

Alternatives to Toxic Commercial Cleaning Products

Note from Barb: This final guest blog post of the week is from Stephanie at Nature Life 101 and Green Earth, Green Home. Thank you, Stephanie!

Have you ever wondered what the most toxic thing you have in your home is? For most people, it’s their cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products are extremely toxic and dangerous to humans, animals and our environment, and in my opinion, they should never be used in our homes.

Most people are catching on with the green trend and realizing that eco-cleaning is not only safe and effective, but its fun! I have been making most of my own cleaning products since 2003 and I’m happy to share with you some of my favorite recipes and techniques.

Grime and Grease:
Use fresh lemons and rub them on your dirty stove top or other areas. Add a little salt or baking soda for an extra deep clean (works wonders on the bath tub).

Sanitize and Deodorize:
Sunshine is all you need for this awesome remedy! Simply wash your items in water and set them outside in the sun to dry. The UV light will take care of all those pesky germs! Stinky shoes? Sprinkle a little baking soda inside and set out in the sun. This trick never fails!

All Purpose Cleaner:
Goodbye 409…All you need is a water bottle to fill with distilled water, vodka or vinegar, and your favorite essential oils like tea tree.

When I have to purchase my cleaning products like dish soap, I always make sure it’s eco-friendly and non toxic. You can find these great products at your local health food store and even online at

Stephanie Peña is the founder of Natural Life 101 and Green Earth, Green Home.

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