Alternatives to Household Chemicals Chart

alternatives for household cleaners

Tip: Label all homemade mixtures with contents and recommended use.

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Material  Hazardous Properties Alternatives
Laundry Bleach Corrosive, toxic, irritant Replace with ½ cup of white vinegar, baking soda or borax.
Floor or Furniture Polish Flammable, toxic Substitute 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts olive or vegetable oil.
Drain Opener/ Cleaner Corrosive, irritant, toxic Pour boiling water down the drain twice weekly; throw in a few handfuls of baking soda, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for an hour.  Run water through.
Glass Cleaner Irritant, toxic Mix vinegar with equal parts water or use undiluted alcohol as a substitute
Rug Deodorizer Corrosive, toxic Lightly sprinkle baking soda on dry rugs and carpets then vacuum.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner Corrosive, toxic, irritant A toilet brush with baking soda is a great substitute.
Oven Cleaner Corrosive, toxic Clean your oven at time of spill, cover with moistened baking soda and let sit until softened.
Roach Killer Toxic Use equal parts of boric acid and powdered sugar.
Ant Killer Toxic Use chili powder or Driore (silica gel) to hinder entry of ants.
Fleas Toxic Sprinkle brewer’s yeast or garlic on your pet’s food to deter fleas.
Fertilizers Toxic Use organic fertilizers like fish emulsion, bone or blood meal, earthworm castings or liquid seaweed.
Moth Balls Toxic Use cedar chips or use a mixture of Vetiver root, Southern wood leaves and lavender flowers.

Paint & VarnishRemovers

Flammable, toxic For lead-free paint, use sand paper or scraper and heat gun. Water-based
Stains & Varnishes Flammable, toxic Latex finishes

Enamel orOil-Based Paints

Flammable, toxic Latex/Water-based paint