Most store bought household cleaners contain a lot of harmful chemicals—both to the environment and to the person using it, and they pose a health risk to children and pets. However, you can protect both your kids and your pets from exposure to chemicals typically found in household cleaners by creating your own, chemical-free products.
Many of the ingredients you need to make your own can be found in your kitchen, making homemade cleaners economically viable too. And a lot of these simple, chemical-free cleaners actually work better than the store-bought kind. Just make sure that you label mixing containers and spray bottles appropriately, and to be extra cautious, keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Stop worrying about the harmful chemicals and create these ten pet-safe, kid-safe, green household cleaners…
1. Clean Bathtub Scum and Build Up
One of the most annoying places to clean thoroughly is your bathtub. Residue from shampoo and other soaps build up over time. Combine that residue with hard water build up and you end up with a ring around your bathtub that seems impossible to scrub off. Try using baking soda and a bit of water, mix it into a paste in a bowl, then scoop the paste onto the areas you’re trying to clean and let it sit for 10 minutes (or longer depending on how bad the soap scum is). Take a sponge and scrub the baking soda paste until it breaks through the build up. Trust me; the gritty texture of baking soda will help break through it.