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Decrease Toxins with 4 Frugal Cleaning Ingredients

Decreases toxins {and save money at the same time} in your home with these four frugal cleaning ingredients!Your family and your health will thank you.
homemade grapefruit infused cleaner
Grapefruit infused vinegar cleaner – white vinegar and grapefruit peels

Decrease Toxins with 4 Frugal Cleaning Ingredients

The world we live in is a dirty place. Even a spotless home can be a haven for nasty toxins – especially if the very “cleaners” you use are more harmful than beneficial. Tight, energy efficient homes are good for energy preservation, but sometimes make for dirty indoor air quality because leached chemicals have no place to go and just build up in homes {especially if you never open your windows}. Toxins in food, toxins in our clothes, toxins in our make-up and soaps: sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to clean up.

One of the first steps I made to clean up my house was to stop buying commercial cleaners which are notorious for leaching toxins. They may smell clean, but they aren’t safe. Making homemade cleaners is a quick and frugal way to decrease toxins in your life. Most cleaners are easy to prepare, easy to use, and best of all, they work great!

Here are four frugal, effective, and safe ingredients no green home should be without:

1. White Vinegar – White vinegar is the quintessential, frugal home cleaning ingredient. It’s all natural, effective, and has antibacterial qualities. It’s safe for you, safe for your children, safe for your pets, safe for the environment. And best of all, it can be used to clean your kitchen, your bathroom, your woodwork, your floors, and your laundry. I use vinegar to wash my fruits & veggies and to clean just about everything in my house! The easiest way to use it is to dilute with water, add to a squirt bottle, and start cleaning! This helpful website here has a lot more information on vinegar if you’d like even more ideas.

2. Baking Soda ~ Another must have in my house is Baking Soda. Also very frugal, also very versatile, baking soda is used in a whole host of applications. I use it to clean my kitchen sink, keep my drains clean, deodorize my fridge, make my laundry soap, clean my carpet, freshen my trash can, and bake cookies! How nice is that? This website has even more uses for baking soda.

3. Borax ~ Borax is a natural mineral compound great for all sorts of cleaning. Use it to whiten your sink, freshen your toilets, and boost your laundry. My kids also love borax for making slime.

4. Lemon ~ a natural whitening agent, lemon juice is great for some many things. From cleaning your sink to cleaning your cutting boards – you’ll want fresh lemon juice in your frugal cleaning ingredient arsenal!

For more Green Cleaning Tips, check out these posts:

How to Clean Porcelain Sinks without Bleach

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Green Carpet Cleaning

Do You Know What’s in YOUR Home Cleaning Products


Venus Smith

Thursday 2nd of January 2014

Thanks for the advice :D Just wanted to mention that I found a surprising number of professional companies actually use natural and/or non-harsh chemicals as part of their service. As a disabled person I find this a great middle ground. I can personally recommend carpet cleaning birmingham but there are plenty on Google if you're not in the area.


Saturday 27th of April 2013

You have written a fantastic resource.

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Thursday 1st of November 2012

With the surfacing of different cleaning materials, we are no longer sure which of these are safe for the family. Thus, it becomes common that people go for more natural or toxic-free remedies. Thank you for sharing these ideas. These will definitely benefit all homeowners; consequently, our environment.

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Thursday 9th of August 2012

I really like it when people get together and share opinions. Great blog, keep it up!

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Tuesday 26th of June 2012

Baking soda is a great product to be used as a carpet freshener. You just sprinkle it on the carpet and then leave it for an hour to settle and then vacuum the entire carpet.

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