Building a Non-Toxic Cleaning Cabinet
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I first started looking into non-toxic cleaning options when my now three-year-old started walking and pulling open cabinet doors and being generally nosy. So I bought “green” cleaners thinking I was buying safe products. Fast forward a year or two and I found the app Think Dirty (it’s talking about literal dirt in this case).
In Think Dirty you can scan or search for a product and Think Dirty rates it from 1 to 10, the lower the number the less toxic (or “dirty”) it is and the highest being extremely toxic products. The app looks at the ingredients of the products and identifies if there are any carcinogens, ingredients that are toxic to developmental and reproductive systems, and it looks for allergies and immunotoxicity and then rates it by the types of ingredients. Think Dirty is a game changer. Many products that are thought to be natural or safe are actually extremely toxic. (See the screenshots below for what the app looks like and an example of a clean product, an okay product, and a dirty product).
In the video below I go through ingredients that are commonly found in cleaning products that are dangerous to your health. After learning about these ingredients I became even more careful with my cleaning cabinet supplies.
If you’re ready to build your non-toxic cleaning cabinet, start out with the items listed below and you’ll be set up for success. Be sure to stick around for the end of the post to learn about a fun, free printable.
NON-TOXIC CLEANING CABINET SUPPLIES
- White Vinegar: White Vinegar has been used for years as an all-purpose cleaner and natural disinfectant.
- Baking Soda: Get rid of icky smells and use it as a gentle but effective abrasive.
- Castile Soap: Castile soap is the ultimate all-natural soap with a countless number of uses! You can use it to mix up some hand wash, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, and more! Not sure where to buy castile soap? Here's a link for a great [affiliate link] castile soap on Amazon.
- Steel Wool Scouring Pads: If you have a really stubborn mess or maybe you burned something in your stainless steel skillet, steel wool scouring pads will be a lifesaver! This brand is my personal favorite and we use them almost daily. [affiliate link] These are the scouring pads that I use.
- Dish Cloths: I love using non-toxic cleaning wipes but they get PRICEY so alternatively, I use my spray cleaner and some good scrubbing rags on the counters and tables.
- Thieves Household Cleaner: Ya'll, this stuff is magic. It smells amazing and is so effective! It is seriously an "all-purpose" cleaner, I've used it to clean windows, toilets, kitchen counters, sticky messes, and smelly messes. This is available through Young Living and I am an independent YL distributor, you can learn more about oils and other YL products and learn how you can purchase your own cleaner in my Facebook group for oil fans.
- Empty Glass Spray Bottles: Make your own DIY cleaners and dilute your Thieves cleaner and put it in a glass spray bottle. For many DIY cleaners, you can use cheap plastic spray bottles but the glass bottles are not only more Earth-friendly if you are using a citrus juice/rinds or a citrus oil they may degrade the plastic bottles. Plus the glass bottles just look so pretty. [affiliate link] This is the amber glass spray bottle that I use.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Peroxide is a fantastic disinfectant for cleaning, actually, I even use it to clean my nose ring!
- Essential Oils: One of the most popular ways to use essential oils is for cleaning, they are great natural disinfectants, antibacterials, germ fighters, antiseptics, and grease fighters. To learn more about essential oils I have a little side business as a Young Living Independent Distributor and I have a Facebook group called The Well Home, you can join to learn more about all things oils and natural living. For the month of August (2017), I am hosting a Ditch + Switch challenge! Join the group to join the challenge.
After you’ve gathered your supplies up, I have a fantastic printable for you! I have created a little flip book of recipes for DIY cleaning products and stain remover recipes! You can grab this beautiful printable in the resource library under the homemaking section. Don’t have access to my free resource library? Click here to get in! Share photos of your flip book and your non-toxic cleaning cabinet using #iamajoyfulhomemaker.