What Ingredients to Look For:

    Your cleaning products don’t need to be toxic in order to get the job. That is a total misconception that has been planted in the minds of consumers by clever marketing. Many common and naturally occurring substances work just as well if not better than their toxic counterparts. The following ingredients are safer alternatives to the harsh chemicals found in most household products.

    Acetic acid (white distilled vinegar)Biodegradable and good as disinfecting agent


    Alkyl polyglucoseBiodegradable, plant-derived, and non-irritating


    Citric acidNontoxic, plant-derived and environmentally friendly


    GlycerinNontoxic, plant-derived, and biodegradable


    Lactic acidLow toxicity, naturally-derived, and biodegradable


    Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)Deodorant, nontoxic


    Sodium carbonate (soda ash)Water softener, nontoxic


    Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)Biodegradable



    How Empowered Consumers Make Their Own Cleansers:

    All Purpose Cleaner:

    In a spray bottle, add 2 teaspoons of washing soda, 2 teaspoons of borax, 1/2 teaspoon of plant-based soap, and 1 cup of distilled water.


    Air Freshener:

    In a glass bowl, add one cup water, 2 tablespoons baking soda, and two lemon slices. This will absorb odors. Or you can add these ingredients in a spray bottle and use on laundry baskets and closets.


    Glass Cleaner:

    Make a 50/50 solution of water and distilled white vinegar.


    Laundry Detergent

    Mix a 50/50 solution of borax and washing soda. Use 2-3 tablespoon per load. Add vinegar to wash water to keep whites white.



    Organic Consumer Association

    Comprehensive list of non-toxic or safer alternatives household products


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