Today, one out of every five people is suffering from asthma, allergies, or sinusitis. Some cleaning chemicals trigger allergy and asthma, still, the government doesn’t require cleaning products manufacturers to include a list of ingredients on their products.

If you are someone who is looking for an alternative way of cleaning, then you are in the right place. In this article, we have made a list of items you can use to make the best toxic-free cleaning products at home.

Here is the list of common and environmentally safe ingredients that you can use for household cleaning applications.


Unscented soaps that are in liquid form are biodegradable and can clean almost anything. Avoid using soaps that contain petroleum distillates.

Lemon Juice

It is one of the strongest food acids that are potent against most of the household bacteria but completely safe to use around humans and pets.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is perfect for removing grease, odors, mildew, and stains. It also helps in preventing wax build-up.

Washing Soda

Washing Soda or Sodium carbonate decahydrate is a mineral that cuts grease, removes stains, cleans sinks, tubs, and tiles.

Make sure you use it with caution since washing soda can irritate mucous membranes.


Alcohol is an excellent disinfectant. Vodka can easily remove odors, while other forms of ethanol are perfect for cleaning and work great as disinfectants.

Keep it out of the reach of kids.


Cornstarch is an amazing product that can be used for cleaning windows, shampoo rugs, and polish furniture.

Homemade Cleaning Products

You can use the combination of the above basic products to make a less harmful substitute for many commercial cleaning products.

Here are some formulas that are safe and easy to use as home cleaning products.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar into 2 liters of water. Use it to remove water deposits on bathroom chrome fixtures, shower panels, bathroom mirrors, and more.

Air Freshener

Commercial air fresheners masks smell and cover nasal passages which diminish the sense of smell. In contrast, the formula mentioned below removes odor for healthier air.

  1. Baking soda with lime juice absorbs odors around the house.
  2. To prevent cooking odors, simmer vinegar on the stove while cooking.
  3. You can also use coffee grounds on the counter to remove foul odors.

Bathroom Mold Deterrent

Mix one part of hydrogen peroxide and two parts of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly on the affected area and wait for one hour before rinsing.

Carpet Freshener

For this, use around 20 drops of your favorite essential oil along with baking soda in a cup and sprinkle it on the carpet liberally. Wait for at least a couple of hours before vacuuming.

Coffee and Tea Stains

To remove stains from cups, use vinegar with a sponge, and wipe clean. To clean coffee maker, use 2 cups of water an ¼ cup of vinegar, bring to a boil. Wait for it to cool and wipe clean it with a cloth.

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