Unless you’re Monica Geller, you probably dread cleaning your apartment. And just thinking about the toxicity of your cleaning supplies makes you want to throw in the sponge and give up altogether.
Thankfully, you can choose from a variety of common, inexpensive household products to clean your home in an eco-friendly way. Check out these five products that make cleaning a little less stressful.
1. Witch Hazel
It’s easier to list the things that Witch Hazel can’t do than what it can do. According to One Good Thing by Jillee, you can combine Witch Hazel with lemon juice and baking soda for an environmental-safe bathroom cleaner.
Speaking of the bathroom, the next time you reach for your expensive facial toner after washing your face, grab the Witch Hazel instead. It’s proven to clear up acne while being gentle on your skin. Witch Hazel must truly be magical because what other bathroom cleaner is safe for your skin?
Recommended by TreeHugger, vinegar is a trusty friend that can help you clean safely and effectively. Dilute some vinegar with warm water in a spray bottle, and use this homemade solution instead of your store-bought all-purpose cleaner.
Vinegar can remove grease, and it is a green way to disinfect the surfaces of your home. Also, coffee fanatics use vinegar to descale their coffee makers. Vinegar really is a loyal household helper since it enables your coffee addiction.
3. Baking Soda
Much like vinegar, you can add warm water to baking soda and scrub down just about anything. Baking soda also helps break down grease on kitchen surfaces or pots and pans according to Apartment Therapy. Instead of using harsh chemicals, simply put some baking soda on a soft sponge, add water and grind up that grease.
Don’t forget that you can also place an opened box of baking soda in your refrigerator to prevent bad odors.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
The Spruce boasts that hydrogen peroxide is a safe alternative for bleach. Commonly used to remove blood stains from clothes, this safe cleaning solution can also help you eliminate bathroom grime like mildew or mold.
5. Olive Oil
Wood polishers are among the most toxic and harmful cleaning products according to HowStuffWorks. They recommend mixing 2 parts olive oil with one part lemon juice to create a safe and green furniture polisher.