Recipes and Product Recommendations

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Here is a Spanish version of this guide.

Many common cleaners have chemicals and other ingredients that aren’t needed and can harm your health. Ingredients in cleaning products have been linked to cancer, asthma, allergies, birth defects, developmental problems, and fertility problems. Strong smelling cleaners don’t mean they clean better. In fact, many alternatives have been shown to be just as effective and making your own products is often cheaper than buying standard products that harm your health

 

Here are Limpieza Pura’s recommendations for how to make your own safe and effective cleaners, or for safe products you can buy.

This post contains affiliate links. We encourage you to shop locally, but if you do buy online buying through our links, it will help us continue the critical environmental health education work we do. Our participation does not influence our product recommendations. To read more about how we recommend products, go to our methodology page.

 

All Purpose Cleaners

 

Kitchen

  • Stovetop and sink- Make a paste with baking soda and liquid soap to get rid of grease and stains.

  • Oven- Make a paste with ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tbsp salt, and hot water and scrub, then wipe clean.

  • Microwave- Microwave a bowl with equal parts vinegar and water for 3 minutes, then easily wipe clean.

  • Sink Drain- To unclog a sink, boil a pot of water and add a squirt of dish soap, then pour slowly down the drain. This is more effective than just turning on the hot water faucet. You can also sprinkle some baking soda down the drain and then pour hot water. If you have a food disposal, throw in a lemon half, ice, and salt and turn on to remove odor.

  • Cutting boards- To disinfect, spray hydrogen peroxide (just as it comes from the store 3% diluted) and let sit it for a minute and then wipe clean. If you want to remove odors, sprinkle coarse salt and use a lemon half to scour and then rinse with water.

  • Products you can buy that are safe*: Attitude Kitchen Cleaner, Biokleen Kitchen and Bath Soy Cream Cleaner, Bon Ami Powder Cleaner and any of the all purpose cleaners above

 

Bathroom

 

Windows and Mirrors

 

Floors

 

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Gloves
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Spray bottles or squeeze bottles
  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge with scrubber
  • Mop
  • Liquid Soap, such as Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Vodka

 

*Limpieza Pura is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program so that when you click through our Amazon links, a percentage of the proceeds from your purchases will go to Limpieza Pura. We encourage you to shop locally, but if you do buy online buying through our links will help us continue the critical environmental health education work we do. Our participation does not influence our product recommendations. To read more about how we recommend products, go to our methodology page.