Alternative Cleaning Products

Many household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are unhealthy and unnecessary. As an alternative, try these do-it-yourself recipes - most of them are made up of common ingredients you already have in your home.

For other resources, see the "River Friendly Home Care" page from the Huron River Watershed Council.

  1. General Household Cleaners
  2. Oven Cleaner
  3. Drain Cleaner
  4. Bathroom Cleaners

General Household Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap (castile, peppermint)
  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 quart warm water

Instructions

Mix together and use in spray bottle, or dunk a cloth in a bucket of cleaner for large jobs.

Alternative Household Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon water

Instructions

Mix together and use in spray bottle, or dunk a cloth in a bucket of cleaner for large jobs.

Disinfectant

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/2 gallon hot water

Instructions

Mix together and use on surfaces you want to disinfect.

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