Safer Cleaning Products are Right in Your Kitchen Cabinet!

Safer cleaning alternatives may be things you already have at home!

Safer cleaning alternatives may be things you already have at home!

By Cynthia Knowles, Pollution Prevention Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health

Spring is upon us and many of you will open your windows and doors for a spring cleaning. And when you do, we’re here to help you make cleaning choices that are safer for you and the environment. You can breathe easy knowing that there are lots of simple switches you can make that safely clean most surfaces in your home.

Easy Make-at-Home Recipes

Try these inexpensive and easy home cleaner recipes to remove dirt, germs, grease and scum. You probably have these ingredients in your kitchen cabinet already! Additionally, use a microfiber cloth instead of a rag or plain dish sponge.

  • Dirt and germs – Mix liquid soap and warm water to wipe away
  • Mold – Moisture from the recent heavy rains may have caused mold to creep in and attack a windowsill. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray directly on affected areas and wipe clean. Or, spray straight vinegar on heavily affected areas and let it set without rinsing.
  • Kitchen and bathroom soap scum – Mix liquid castile soap with 1 tablespoon of baking soda, add juice from one lemon, and water.
  • Kitchen floors, countertops, windows, mirrors – Mix 2 cups of white vinegar with 2 cups of water. You can also add 20-30 drops of essential oil for a fresh scent. Essential oils are safer than synthetic fragrances found in conventional cleaning products because they do not contain phthalates. Phthalates are solvents that “carry” the chemicals that create the scent, and are linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory animals and humans.

Check out these videos containing simple steps to make safer and healthier cleaning products.

Prefer to purchase brand products?

Try these online resources that help you make the safest choices and avoid products containing harmful ingredients.

Let me know what you think about our less-toxic alternatives and tell us about your favorite brand products or recipes by leaving a comment, or contacting me at cknowles@smcgov.org, or (650) 207-3115.

Stay tuned for future blogs about easy toilet bowl cleaners and drain opener recipes!

 

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