Find natural, non-toxic replacements for the most toxic cleaning products in your home – including drain cleaner, oven cleaner and toilet cleaner.
I bet you’ve already heard the dirt on conventional cleaning products. You know that most of them are either bad for your health in some way or they wreak havoc on the environment after they go down the drain.
Perhaps you like the idea of giving the cupboard under your kitchen or bathroom sink a green makeover….but you don’t want to do it all at once.
Baby steps are the way to go, but keep in mind that some cleaning chemicals are worse than others. My recommendation is to get rid of the 3 most toxic cleaning products in your home first, then slowly replace others as they run out. (Note: don’t just toss these products in the trash. Bring them to a hazardous waste disposal location because that’s what they are….hazardous waste!)
(Learn more about why green cleaning matters and my favorite green cleaning brands here.)
The Most Toxic Cleaning Products
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Here are the 3 most toxic cleaning products that you should do away with pronto:
The problem: Chemical drain cleaners are probably the scariest cleaning product lurking in your home. These caustic mixtures commonly contain lye, bleach or sulfuric acid and can cause damage to skin, lungs and eyes.
- Try the popular home remedy of vinegar and baking soda followed by hot water (works for minor clogs).
- Use a flexible drain snake for bigger clogs and to remove buildup.
- For ongoing drain maintenance, use an enzyme-based drain cleaner like Earth Enzymes from Earth Friendly Products.
The problem: Conventional oven cleaning products contain lye, which is extremely corrosive and can burn skin on contact.
- DIY oven cleaning: Mix 1 cup of baking soda along with about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and just enough water to make a paste. Coat the oven door, sides and ceiling with the mixture. Spray all surfaces with vinegar and water mixture (1/4 cup vinegar + 3/4 cup water in a spray bottle). Leave to sit for at least an hour, then scrub all surfaces. Rinse well and then clean oven door with an eco-friendly glass cleaner.
- Restore Grill & Oven Cleaner
- Bon Ami, a mineral-based scrub powder
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
The problem: Most toilet bowl cleaners contain hydrochloric acid and chlorine bleach, both of which can burn skin and irritate lungs and eyes.
- Ecover Pine Fresh Toilet Cleaner
- Thrive Market Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaners
- Use DIY Fizzy Toilet Bombs to freshen toilet bowl in between cleanings
Have you tried any replacements for the most toxic cleaning products in your home? Leave a comment with your ideas!