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Alternative to Cleaners & Personal Care Products


Bathroom Cleaning


How to make it

All Purpose

Pour 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 teaspoon borax, and 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Shake to dissolve. Then add 1 teaspoonliquid soap (or dishwashing liquid) to the bottle and shake it again. Spray on surface and then wipe clean. For tough dirt, leave cleaner on for a few minutes and then wipe off.

Toilet Bowl

Pour about 1/2 cup borax into the toilet and use a toilet brush to clean the bowl. Squirt vinegar from a squeeze bottle under the rim. For mineral deposits, leave mixture in toilet for at least an hour. Then use the brush again to clean. Use the all-purpose cleaner or liquid soap and a sponge or scrub cloth to clean the seat and outside of the bowl.

Related information

  • Do you use disposable products to clean the bathroom? Describes the environmental problems associated with disposable wipes and what to use asalternatives. ADD LINK
  • Prescription andover-the-counter medicines should never be poured in the sink or flushed down the toilet because they pollute our water and harm aquatic life. .

Sink, Tub and Tile

Sprinkle on baking soda, rub with wet sponge or scrub cloth and rinse. For soap scum deposits, spread liquid soap or clarifying shampoo on the surface and leave it for several hours. The deposits will be softened and then can be easily cleaned away with a scrub cloth or a brush. For mineral deposits, soak a cloth in vinegar and leave it on the deposit for about an hour and then clean off area.

Mold and Mildew Remover

Avoid using chlorine bleach! It contains sodium hypochlorite which can damage skin and lungs. Instead, make a paste of borax and water and put it on the surface to be cleaned. Leave paste on the area for about an hour and then scrub off. Use a fan or keep the window and/or door open when you are taking a shower to prevent moisture build-up. Wash the shower curtain regularly.

Bathroom Odors

Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil (or a scent of your choice) in a fine-mist spray bottle. Shake well and spray the mixture in the air (away from people or pets).

Additional Resources has many more tips on cleaning without chemicals and ideas for green living.

  • If you don't want to make your own cleaning products, purchase ones that are healthier for you and better for the environment.Look for ones that arecertifiedby Green Seal.

Personal Care


Add 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoonglycerin or ¼ teaspoon oil (such as avocado or jojoba) to 1 cup water. Shake to blend. Massage into hair and rinse.


Lemon or vinegar rinse removes shampoo residue and balances pH.


Massage 2 teaspoons – 2 tablespoons plain yogurt throughout hair. Rinse with water.


Use oils for dry skin, herbs for fragrance and relaxation, salt for cleansing and toning, cornstarch to give skin sleekness, or milk (especially powdered) to soften skin.


Oatmeal cleans and softens without soap. Wrap in cloth and use as a washcloth.


Pour olive oil in your cupped hand and add a few dashes of salt. Rub over skin,


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