10 Totally Non-Toxic Deep Cleaning Recipes

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Nov 10, 2010 | Linda Merrill

You probably already know that you can clean with common kitchen pantry items like baking soda, vinegar and lemons. Now we've found some great new ways to clean with these easily available non-toxic cleaning agents. If you've got chemical sensitivities -- or just prefer a healthy lifestyle -- try these 10 totally safe, non-toxic recipes to enjoy clean air and a chemical-free shine in your home:

No-Fume Bleach

Mix ½ cup baking soda, 1 tsp dish soap and ½ tsp. hydrogen peroxide. Apply to a wet surface with a cloth. Rinse the surface well after scrubbing.

Chemical-Free Oven Cleaner

If your pie boils over in a hot oven, cover the spill with salt immediately. It will dry to a crusty, easy-to-remove powder when the oven cools down.

Chemical-Free De-Greaser

Clean and season sauté or frying pans with a simple dry salt rub. Unless there are stubborn burnt pieces stuck to the pan, no need to even add water.

Check out 25 more ways to clean with salt.

Non-Toxic Microwave Cleaner

Steam clean a microwave using a bowl filled with a sliced lemon in hot water. Run the microwave for 5 minutes; then towel off residue with a clean cloth. CAUTION: To prevent superheating, always insert a toothpick or wooden skewer in plain water before microwaving.

Bleach-Free Sanitizer

Clean and sanitize wood or plastic cutting boards by rubbing lemon juice over the surface, let sit for 10 minutes, rub with lemon to loosen stubborn bits, and rinse.

Skin-Safe Silver Polish

Clean silver with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto surface, rinse with warm water and dry with soft cloth.

Totally Non-Toxic Tarnish Remover

Gently boil brass in a 50/50 vinegar and water mix to remove tarnish. Boiling vinegar will remove heavy-duty tarnish, or the green residue from commercial products.

Flour and Water Chrome Buff

Clean chrome items with dry flour and a damp sponge, or make a water and flour paste to scrub stubborn bits.

Healthy Leather Cleaner

Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts food grade linseed oil to clean leather. Rub on the leather and leave overnight. Buff with a lint-free cloth.

Non-Stinky Varnished Wood Cleaner

Can't handle oil soap fumes? Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon white vinegar into a quart of warm water. Spritz onto varnished wood surfaces with a spray bottle, and then dry with a cloth.

Learn more: Are Green Cleaning Products Really Safe?

Updated August 29, 2018.

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