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How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit


1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.


1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

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Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.


Tea Tree Treasure

Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray

Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.


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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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3:55AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Great ideas.

5:05AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

For our home and our natural environment

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7:54AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

What would we do without baking soda and vinegar?

1:46PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Good to know.

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11:26AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

I thought this was good until the ingredient of liquid soap or detergent came up making a "home made" product toxic. For free ebook on this visit:

6:14AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Wonderful tips to help make some non-toxic cleaners for around the house. Thank you!!!!

6:09AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

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8:16PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Thanks Annie for tips.It seems easy.Its always better to use eco friendly nontoxic products for cleaning. Great blog!!Just read another similar blog about how to clean eco-friendly.This is the blog of, and it talks about "Cleaning Day: 10 Steps to Make It Green"

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