One of the best ways to reduce your (and the environment's!) exposure to toxic chemicals is to change up the cleaning products you use. While there are certainly many “green”, opens a new window products on the market, it’s cheap and easy to make your own. Plus, you can customize scents with a few drops of essential oils, many of which have anti-microbial properties. (Check out the sanitizer spray, opens a new window we use in the branches - it contains thyme oil!)
Cheap, easy, and non-toxic? Yes, please! You will find no shortage of recipes on the Interwebs, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
Castile soap, opens a new window (like Dr. Bronner’s); vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, distilled water, spray bottles (I like glass, opens a new window)
- 1/2c. white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp castile soap
- A few drops of essential oils or the juice of one lemon (optional)
Instructions: Mix in a spray bottle, squirt your surface, wipe!
Glass cleaner: Use vinegar and wipe with a microfiber cloth, old newspaper, or a cotton flour-sack towel.
Tub Scrub: Sprinkle baking soda on surface and scrub with a brush. Rinse away. I repurposed a Kraft parmesan cheese container for my baking soda for shaking ease.