By Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac

In celebration of the Earth, Andrew Pacholyk shares some of the contributions in his archives that were posted in his 10,000 member community, Alternative Answers.

natural_cleaning_productsThis is a wonderful series of ideas from Elizabeth Hughes.

I have been feverish lately about getting people to use kid safe and environmentally safe cleaning solutions. I know I would have liked this information a few years ago and I had to make an effort to seek it out when it should have been common knowledge. Anyway, here are some simple compounds that you can make in your home and other cleaning tips that won’t make you run out of the room for air.

Environmentally Safe (and kid safe) products to clean your home:

Five basic nontoxic ingredients that can be used as cleansing agents: 

These ingredients, supplemented with vegetable-oil- based soaps, lemon juice, herbs or toothpaste, can be mixed together and used to bring a natural, economical and safe shine to your home.

baking soda washing soda borax salt white vinegar

Here are some of the compounds you can make:


Mix 1/2 cup borax (a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water. Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Store in a recycled plastic spray bottle.

Floor cleaner:

Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water. For greasy floors, add 1/4 cup washing soda and 1 tablespoon vegetable-oil-based soap to the above mixture.

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