Baking soda, vinegar & lemons can be used to safely clean your home! (Lemon photo by Aka, Wikimedia Commons).

Baking soda, vinegar & lemons can be used to safely clean your home! (Photos of lemons by Aka, Wikimedia Commons).

Did you know the average person in the U.S. uses some 40 lbs. of household cleaners each year (according to Rethink Waste Project).  That’s a lot of chemical exposure!

Here’s their advice: “Take a look at your cleaning products.  Do they say CAUTION, WARNING or DANGER?  Typically, products labeled POISON or DANGER are the most hazardous.  Those labeled CAUTION or WARNING pose a medium hazard, usually in the form of skin or eye irritants.  Look for labels that have no signal word, or at the very least, are only labeled CAUTION.”

You can make your own safe, non-toxic household cleaners.  Check out this handy “Green Cleaners: Simple Cleaning Recipes for a Safer Home” and its companion website Green Cleaning Recipes by Oregon Metro.

Some of my favorite safe non-toxic cleaners:

  1. Baking soda (absorbs odor and is a mild abrasive);
  2. White distilled vinegar (removes soap scum, grease and mineral deposits and acts as a deodorizer);
  3. Lemons (a natural disinfectant & deodorizer).

In an earlier post, I featured a DIY Lavender Vinegar Cleaner that works great on my bathroom faucets, counters and cleaning white grout around the bathtub!  No CAUTION, WARNING or DANGER signs on this easy-to-make cleaner!

Supplies to make Lavender Vinegar Cleaner (photo by Katie Grenier)

Supplies to make Lavender Vinegar Cleaner (photo by Katie Grenier).

Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and save money by making your own green-cleaning products.  And it’s fun and eco-friendly!  Win-win!

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