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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.
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All Purpose Cleaners
Liquid soap and water- Add 2 tbp of soap to a 16 oz bottle then fill with water. If you want to get rid of odors, add 1tbp of baking soda. Or if you are making in bulk, add 1 cup of soap to 1 gallon of water. A safe and effective liquid soap is Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap.
Vinegar and water- An easy cleaner that disinfects and cuts grease is equal parts white vinegar and water.
Products you can buy that are safe*: Aunt Fannies Cleaning Vinegar, Aunt Fannies Vinegar Wipes, Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap, Dr. Bronner's Sal's Suds Biodegradable Cleaner, ECOS All Purpose Cleaner, Orange Plus, Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner, Planet All Purpose Cleaner, Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner, Whole Foods All Purpose Cleaner
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.
Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it to disinfect and brighten any surface.
Vinegar and water- An easy cleaner that disinfects and brightens is equal parts white vinegar and water.
- Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda in the toilet bowl and let sit for 10 minutes and then scrub with a brush and flush.
- Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl and let sit for 10 minutes, then scrub with brush and flush.
- Pour ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide to the toilet bowl and let sit for 10 minutes, then scrub with a brush and flush.
- Products you can buy that are safe: Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Honest Company Toilet Bowl Cleaner, and ECOS Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Shower and tub
- Grout- Make a paste of 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, then use brush to scrub. Wait 5-10 minutes then rinse.
- To kill and clean mold and mildew- Spray or pour undiluted white vinegar on mold, use the grout paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, then clean with soapy water.
Products you can buy that are safe- Attitude Bathroom Cleaner; CLR Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover; Concrobium Mold Control; ECOS Shower Cleaner; Fit Organic Lime, Calcium, and Rust Remover; Honest Company Bathroom Cleaner, and Seventh Generation Tub and Tile Cleaner.
Windows and Mirrors
Mix ¼ c. vodka (use a cheap, bottom shelf brand), ¼ c. white vinegar, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, and 2 cups of hot water to make a spray that will leave your windows spotless.
If there isn’t a lot of dirt, just use water and a microfiber cloth to wipe clean.
Products you can buy that are safe- Citra Solv Natural Window and Glass Cleaner, ECOS Vinegar Window Cleaner, Honest Company Glass and Window Cleaner, Method Cleaning Products Glass and Surface Cleaner, Simple Green Natural Glass and Surface Care, and Whole Foods Market Glass Cleaner
Mop your floors with a solution of ½ a tsp of Sals Suds or liquid soap for each gallon of water
Mop your floors with a solution of ½ cup vinegar for every gallon of water
Products you can buy that are safe- Aunt Fannie's Vinegar Wash Floor Cleaner, Biokleen Bac-Out Multi-surface Floor Cleaner, Earth Friendly Products Floor Cleaner, Ecover Floor Soap, Honest Company Floor Cleaner, Simple Green Natural Floor Care
Ingredients and Supplies
- Microfiber cloths
- Spray bottles or squeeze bottles
- Scrub brush
- Sponge with scrubber
- Liquid Soap, such as Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap
- Hydrogen peroxide
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
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