Safe & Effective Alternatives

Below is a list of just a few non-toxic substitutes that can be used in place of common household products that are hazardous. By using them, you will reduce the amount of hazardous waste each of us creates every year and you will save time and possibly money. More importantly, you will be protecting yourself and your family as well as the environment against hazardous products.

Household Product
Non-Toxic Substitute
All purpose cleaners
Mix 3 tablespoons baking soda with one quart warm water
Oven cleaner
Mix 3 tablespoons baking soda with one quart warm water. Sprinkle salt on spills while fresh; scrub
Glass and window cleaner
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and one quart warm water. Wipe with newspaper.
Scouring powder
Dip a damp cloth in baking soda and rub.
Floor cleaner
Use soap and water or baking soda and water.
Drain opener
Pour boiling water down the drain once a week for preventative maintenance. Use a plunger.
Chemical fertilizers
Compost vegetable scraps and yard waste into a naturally rich soil.
Ant control
Sprinkle cream of tartar along any path. They will not cross over it.
Air fresheners / deodorizers
Simmer cinnamon and cloves or place herbal bouquet in open dish.
Mildew stain remover
Use vinegar solution.
Chlorine bleach
BORAX is good substitute.