Cleaning Supplies

Cynthia and Kamea

Natural Alternatives

Natural Bleach:

  • 1½ cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 12 cups filtered water
  • Natural bleach has is advantages because its less toxic and it is easier to clean if spilled on clothes. Natural bleach is also safer than bleach because bleach releases cancer-causing dioxin as well as brain-damaging mercury into the air surrounding chlorine plants and its safer for children. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, chlorine bleach poisoned about 14,400 children under the age 6 in 2007.
  • Natural Windex:
  • 32 oz. spray bottle
  • 16 oz vinegar
  • 16 oz water
  • Newspaper
  • The cost of a regular 32 oz bottle of Windex is $3 or more. If you were to buy 8 bottles of Windex it would cost over $24. Even if you purchased generic Windex at the dollar store it would cost $1 per bottle verses $0.38 for the DIY recipe. Lastly, making your own mirror cleaner allows you to reuse the same spray bottle; cutting down on the number of plastic that will end up in a landfill or need to be recycled.