A Less Toxic Way to Clean

Posted in House and Home by Sarah on August 23, 2010

The other evening I got sucked into the Dr. Oz show for a few minutes.  (I know, my lameness quotient has just skyrocketed.)   The good doctor was doing a special on everyday products in your home that could be considered “toxic.”  One big culprit is cleaning products.  I do love a strong cleaner, but when a product comes with a warning that you should only use it if you’ve got a window open and shouldn’t use it if you’ve got small children or pets, that might just suggest you’ve got something on your hands that could be harmful to your own health too.

He suggested an alternative, homemade cleaner that sounds pretty simple.  It takes a few minutes to mix on your own, but it’s certainly less toxic than some of the “heavy duty” stuff we may not think twice about using.


  • 1 tbsp of Borax powder (find it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket)
  • 3 tbsps of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap
  • 1 drop of essential oil such as peppermint for fragrance (optional)


Pour it into a spray bottle you bought at the hardware store, give it a shake, and you are ready to clean.

I cannot speak to its efficacy yet but I plan to give it a whirl this week and will let everyone know whether this leaves my place sparkling clean!


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