9 Easy-To-Make Non-Toxic DIY Home Cleaners

Your ultimate guide to the safest homemade cleaners.

June 23, 2016

It doesn't make much sense to pollute your home with unsafe, chemical-filled products in the name of a clean house. Check out these nine homemade cleaning formulas for a healthier, safer home.

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This article was originally published by our partners at Rodale Wellness.

cleaning tiles
Scrubbing Tile Cleaner

Put some baking soda in a grated cheese container, like the kind you find at pizza parlors, and sprinkle it on bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers before scrubbing. For tough stains, make a paste of baking soda and a little water (it's just one of the many genius ways to use baking soda). Smear it on the spot, let it sit for half an hour, and sponge off. 

stack of towels
Laundry Bleach

Instead of bleach—the cleaning ingredient sickening your hometry adding ½ cup of borax or 1 cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide to whites, or 1 cup of white vinegar to darks to prevent fading.

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fabric softener
Fabric Softener

Try 1 cup of baking soda for clothes and add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle for towels. Fabric softeners can make towels less absorbent, but vinegar deodorizes and softens them without compromising absorbency.

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scouring pad
Scouring Pad

Scrub stainless-steel pots and pans with baking soda because it won't scratch and will give everything a shine. Nasty gunk at the bottom of a pot? Make a paste of baking soda and water, cover the gunk, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Brighten up your stainless-steel sink with the stuff while you wait.

cleaning a toilet
Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Pour 16 ounces of vinegar into the bowl at night and scrub away grime in the morning.

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cleaning the sink drain
Drain Cleaner

Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, then slowly add ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 30 minutes and then flush with hot water.

cleaning a window
Glass Cleaner

Equal parts water and vinegar make windows and other glass gleam. In fact, if you rub a little on your specs, the whole world will get brighter.

kitchen cleaner
Spray Kitchen Cleaner

Fill a metal spray bottle with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, then use to disinfect countertops, appliances, and even wood cutting boards. It'll give your entire kitchen a clean, fresh smell. For even more anti-germ power, fill a second metal bottle with vinegar, either white or apple cider, and apply after the peroxide. Just don't mix both liquids in the same bottle, and don't use vinegar on granite or marble. 

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cleaning an oven
Oven Cleaner

Fill a heat-proof deep pan with water, put it on the oven rack, and warm until the steam softens baked-on grease. After the oven cools, use a paste of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar as a scrub.