Do-It-Yourself Recipes for Natural Cleaning

Ready to make your own non-toxic natural cleaning products that are good for your family and the environment? Here are four recipes for success.

Do-It-Yourself Recipes for Natural Cleaning

Clean Your Oven: Sprinkle baking soda on the oven floor and spray with water until damp. Let sit overnight, and scrub in the morning.

Remove Hard Water Buildup from Teapot: Add four ounces of white vinegar to a pot of water. Boil, then rinse well.

Freshen the Air: Add half a cup of borax to the bottom of the garbage can or diaper pail to reduce mold and bacteria that causes odors.

Keep Your Pipes Clean: Use plastic hair catchers to keep the biggest drain clog cause from mucking up the works. If you encounter a clog, try a snake or a plunger first. Or sprinkle a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a half cup of white vinegar.

Clean the Kitchen and Bathroom: Try baking soda as a tub and tile cleaner. Use borax and lemon juice for the toilet bowl. On porcelain and glass, lemon juice brings out a shine, and baking soda or dry table salt make great scouring powders.

Green Your Laundry: Stop using chlorine bleach and dryer sheets. They’re full of chemicals that are bad for you and the environment. More on your green laundry.

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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