Cleaning Tips & Tricks: Replace These Four Harsh Chemicals With Vinegar and Baking Soda

If you’re looking to make your home cleaning routine “greener,” head to the store and purchase a gallon of white vinegar and a big carton of baking soda. You’ll probably spend five dollars or less, and you’ll come home with replacements for a bunch of harsh chemical cleaners you’re probably using. Here’s how to use those two safe and natural products in place of toxic cleaners.

Fabric Softener

Fabric softener is loaded with artificial scents that can irritate your skin and your sinuses. Instead of using fabric softener (or fabric softening sheets), just add about a cup of vinegar to the water during your washing machine’s rinse cycle. It will prevent static cling and leave your clothes feeling plush and soft.

Toiler Cleaner

Toilet cleaner is one of the harshest cleaning products of them all. Thankfully, there’s a simple substitute. Add a cup each of baking soda and vinegar to the toilet. Let the mixture foam up, removing grime and killing bacteria. Use a toilet brush to scrub the toilet, and then give it a flush.

Scouring Powder

Most scouring powders contain bleach. While they’re good at removing soap scum and stains in sinks, they’re harsh on you hands. Baking soda will do the same thing, and it’s completely safe to use. Mix some with a little water to make a paste, and then apply it to a rag and scrub away at your sink or tub.

Window Cleaner

Window cleaner is formulated with ammonia, which can irritate your airways and the airways of your pets and children. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and use it just as you would regular window cleaner. The results will be shiny and streak-free.

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