Top 5 Kitchen Cupboard Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | March 6th, 2012 | 15 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Healthy Home

Recently I spoke in front of a hall full of pregnant women. What a joy to see all those round bellies, and even more of a pleasure — given that this was a meeting of the Holistic Moms Network — to know how well-intentioned this group is towards their families’ health and the environment.

I gave them all sorts of tips to detox their homes, hoping to ease their minds about how easy it is to accomplish the task. I also gave them my mainstay list for non-toxic cleaning, the five kitchen cupboard ingredients I believe will clean everything in the home, and I’d like to share it with you as well:

  1. Baking soda: A non-abrasive cleaner made from soda ash, baking soda is slightly alkaline (its pH is around 8.1; 7 is neutral). It neutralizes acid-based odors in water, and adsorbs odors from the air. Baking soda is indispensable for numerous household cleaning tasks.
  2. Washing soda: A heavy-duty cleaner and a solvent alternative. Washing soda is a chemical neighbor of baking soda, although more alkaline and even caustic (so wear gloves) — but without harmful fumes.
  3. White distilled vinegar: Studies show that vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs. Among its many cleaning uses, vinegar is excellent for removing stains, including berry juice, tomato sauce and ink.
  4. Vegetable oil–based soap or detergent. I like Sodasan, Murphy Oil Soap, Infinity Heavenly Horsetail and Life Tree Home Soap.
  5. Tea tree oil: A broad-spectrum fungicide.

Well, they aren’t all kitchen cupboard ingredients, but they’re all easy enough to come by or make at home. You can find washing soda in the laundry section of most supermarkets, and look for vegetable-oil soap or detergent and the tea tree oil in natural food outlets.

Why do I rely on these ingredients? Because they’re non-toxic and they work!

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  1. When the recipe calls for “liquid detergent” what do they mean by that? Laundry detergent or dishwashing detergent? Tide? Dawn?

    Cassie | October 26th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. Instead of distilled vinegar, I’m a big fan of crystalline food-grade citric acid. You can get it in bulk at natural food stores and where canning supplies or beer/winemaking supplies are sold. Unlike vinegar, it’s odorless, and you can also mix it to stronger concentrations when needed (like for bathroom fixture cleaning).

    Dana | October 29th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
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  6. Cassie, I mean an all-purpose detergent found in health food stores, or green liquid dish detergent.–Annie

    Annie B. Bond | December 18th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  7. Great tips. I’m very interested in this tea tree oil. I hear it can be used for many things. I guess I could purchase it at the health food store, as well?

    Molly | July 9th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  8. how to keep line dried clothes from feeling “crunchy” (a 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle…or the same amount of Borax

    mutfak dolab? | March 18th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  9. When the recipe calls for “liquid detergent” what do they mean by that? Laundry detergent or dishwashing detergent? Tide? Dawn

    mutfak dolaplari | March 18th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  10. Great article about kitchen. I will clean them with your tipps too

    Mutfak dekorasyonu | June 11th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  11. You’ve given some great tips! One of the reasons that tea tree oil works so well as an antibacterial and antifungal is said to be due largely to its terpinen-4-ol content.

    Most of the tea tree oil on the shelf at your store is around 30% terpinen levels. You can read the label of a reputable brand to see this value listed like “T30 C7″ which would mean it had 30% terpinen-4-ol, and 7% 1, 8 Cineole.

    Because it is thought to be the terpinens that are effective, there are several other oils that work well to help kill germs that contain 25-30% terpinene-4-ol, including Marjoram oil, and also Lavender Oil. Lavender usually has about 25% terpinen-4-ol levels.

    You can sweeten the fragrance of your tea tree oil based homemade cleaners by adding lavender and a few drops of peppermint oil, the aroma is refreshing and relaxing at the same time. It’s an amazing way to make cleaning a little more relaxing and refreshing, a nice change for anyone!

    James Beane | August 4th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  12. I was searching the items in my groceries list and landed here. Which is the best cleanser for utensils after cooking?

    Collin paul

    Online supermarkets | September 23rd, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  13. My favorite one to use is vinegar. Does an amazing job! Great post.

    Mobile Mom | December 19th, 2012 | Comment Permalink
  14. This is a appealing article by the way. I am going to go ahead and bookmark this post for my sister to read later on tonight. Keep up the good work.
    Ray Ban Plastic Lens

  15. Thanks for helping me clean the non-toxic way. I hate chemicals – everyone should. Great post!

    Patt S | April 14th, 2015 | Comment Permalink

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