Earth Friendly Alternatives

Alternative products really do work. Try these non-toxic, or less toxic products as alternatives to hazardous household chemicals. You'll benefit from improved indoor air quality, decreased exposure to chemicals, and fewer disposal concerns.  Best of all, you can find most of these items in your house, so it's convenient and you'll save money.

Click here for a pocket guide of earth friendly alternatives to HHW.

General Cleaning

Air freshener simmer cinnamon and cloves
Aluminum spot remover 2 tbsp cream of tartar and 1 quart hot water
Brass polish Worcestershire sauce
Carpet cleaner club soda
Chrome polish clean with apple cider vinegar, polish with baby oil
Copper cleaner lemon juice and salt
Decal remover soak in white vinegar
Furniture polish 1 tbsp lemon oil in 1 pint of mineral water
General household cleaners baking soda
Ink spot remover cold water plus 1 tbsp cream of tartar and 1 tbsp lemon juice
Laundry detergent basic soap
Laundry pre-soak make paste of baking soda and water, apply to spots
Linoleum floor cleaner 1 cup white vinegar in 2 gallons of water
Multi-purpose cleaner mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon water
Oil stain remover white chalk rubbed into stain before laundering
Oven cleaner 2 tbsp liquid soap plus 2 tsp borax and warm water
Perspiration spot remover baking soda
Pet odor remover cider vinegar
Scorch mark remover grated onion
Scouring powder baking soda
Spot remover club soda, lemon juice, or salt
Stainless steel polish mineral oil
Toilet bowl cleaner paste of borax and lemon juice
Tub & tile cleaner 1/4 cup baking soda plus 1/2 cup white vinegar in warm water
Upholstery spot remover club soda
Water mark removal toothpaste
Water softener 1/4 cup vinegar
Wine stain removal salt
Window cleaner 1/2 cup vinegar in 1 gallon warm water

Kitchen Cleaning

Coffee cup stain remover moist salt
Coffee pot stain vinegar
Dish detergent/grease cutter 1/2 cup baking soda & liquid detergent
Drain cleaner plunger followed by 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups boiling water
Garbage disposal deodorizer used lemons
Grease fire douse with baking soda
Grease removal borax on damp cloth
Porcelain cleaner mix paste of baking soda & water, let sit, rub clean, rinse
Refrigerator deodorizer open box of baking soda
Shoe polish banana peel
Silver polish 1 quart warm water, 1 tbsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt

Alternatives for the Garage

Car battery corrosion baking soda and water
Hand cleaner for paint/grease baby oil
Mildew remover equal parts vinegar and salt
Paint brush softener hot vinegar
Roach repellant chopped bay leaves and cucumber skins
Rust removal lemon juice, salt, and sunlight
Rusty nut/bolt removal carbonated beverage
Wood polish (interior, un-varnished) 3 parts olive oil, 1 part white vinegar

Alternatives for the Yard

Ants red chili powder at entry point
Fertilizer compost
Flea and tick repellant scatter pine needles, fennel, rye, or rosemary on pet's bed
Fleas on pet feed brewer's yeast, vitamin B, or garlic tablets
Flies well watered pot of basil
Insects on plants soapy water on leaves then rinse
Mosquito repellant burn citronella candles
Nematode (parasitic worm) repellant plant marigolds
Slug/snail repellant onion and marigold plants

Toxic Free is Easy as 1-2-3!

Healthy_Communities_imageAccording to the Health Resources and Services Administration, there are 2,200,000 human poison exposures annually. Of those, nearly 50% involved children younger than 6 years. Furthermore, common household items such as cleaning products and medicines are the leading cause of poisonings in this age group.

The Toxic Free is Easy as 1-2-3 program is designed to educate parents and caregivers about the risk that household hazardous products pose to children together with ways to reduce the chances of exposures and poisonings.  It is a 3 step process to 1) determine what HHW products are in the home, 2) properly dispose of them, and 3) seek safer alternatives.



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