Toxic Cleaning Product Alternatives
Note: Never mix ammonia with ANY product containing bleach. When mixed, the combination of products produces noxious and poisonous gasses.
Be sure to check all warning labels on the products you purchase. Any cleaning product may have one or the other listed in the contents (bleach or ammonia) which will also have the same reaction if mixed with various other cleaning product.
Green Cleaning Products
Baking soda is made from sodium bicarbonate. It will neutralize acid, is mildly abrasive and will scrub without causing scratches, it is a natural deodorizer, not only just in the refrigerator, but also on carpets, and on upholstery.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, and it is soluble in water. Borax is widely used in water softeners, soaps and detergents. It deodorizes, and will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.
Rubbing alcohol, or Isopropyl Alcohol is a very good disinfectant.
Lemon juice contains citric acid, is a natural deodorant and has a slight bleaching effect. It will remove stains from clothing, aluminum, and porcelain. If it is mixed with salt it will remove silver tarnish.
Mineral oil is derived from petroleum. It is commonly used in cosmetics and personal products such as suntan oil, and sunscreens. It is not digestible, and is very stable so it does not go rancid.
Vinegar is made from wine, grains and apple juice. It normally contains about 5 percent acetic acid. Vinegar is used to dissolve calcium and mineral deposits. It will cut grease and remove soap scum. It kills mold and mildew. And is a natural deodorizer.. We use vinegar at Mrs. Clean to quickly clean linoleum floors or hardwood floors with no residue left behind. Note: Don’t use this on marble floors. You can also use vinegar to clean coffeepots.
Not So Earth Friendly Household Products
Below is a list of common household cleaning products. Just because you can buy it on the store shelf does not mean it’s safe. Always read product warning labels and use exactly as directed.
Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite. This is a lung and eye irritant. If mixed with either ammonia or acid base cleaning products it releases a very toxic chloramine gas.
Ammonia is commonly used in glass cleaner. It is a lung and skin irritant. If ammonia is mixed with chlorine bleach it releases a toxic gas.
Some disinfectants contain phenol and cresol which are corrosive. Excessive exposure can cause fainting, dizziness and diarrhea
Furniture Polish & Floor Polish
Some polishes contain nitrobenzene. Exposure can cause vomiting
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaner usually contains hydrochloric acid or sodium acid sulfate. This can burn your skin and may cause blindness if accidentally splashed in your eyes.