The 5 most TOXIC cleaners in your home and safe DIY alternatives!

5 DIY Recipes to Replace Toxic Cleaners in Your Home!

Many of you comment about not wanting to use toxic cleaning products in your home – and for obvious reasons – they smell, are dangerous to have around the house, and the DIY alternatives are safer and in most cases, just as effective.

Here are 5 of the very worst offenders for toxic cleaners and how to make homemade versions for a more enjoyable cleaning experience!

** Drain Cleaner **

Commercial drain cleaners are among the most dangerous of all cleaning products. Most contain corrosive ingredients such as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) that can permanently burn eyes and skin. Many can be fatal if ingested.

Here’s a DIY Drain Cleaner:

1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup cream of tartar

Mix in a bowl.
Using 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time, pour it down the drain
followed by 2 cups of boiling water.
Wait at least one minute before repeating

The boiling water changes the chemical composition of the ingredients and makes it strong enough to eat through grease and grime. This method may take few tries, but it often does the trick!

** Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Can also be used in the shower/tub) **

The corrosive ingredients in toilet bowl cleaners are severe eye, skin and respiratory irritants. Some toilet bowl cleaners contain sulfates, which may trigger asthma attacks in those with asthma and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) which can irritate lungs and burn eyes, skin.

Here’s a DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup dish soap
1/4 hydrogen peroxide
15 drops tea tree oil

** Oven Cleaner **

One of the primary ingredients in oven cleaner is Sodium Hydroxide, more commonly known as Lye. If you remember that scene from Fight Club, then you know what this stuff can do to human skin. Hint – nothing good!

Here’s a DIY Oven Cleaner:

1 cup baking soda
4 tablespoons dish soap
1/2 cup vinegar
15 drops (sweet) orange essential oil – GREAT DEGREASER

Make a heavy paste, leave for several hours or overnight, wipe up with clean water.

** Degreaser **

Much like oven cleaner degreasers contain a variety of potentially harmful chemicals which when inhaled can have serious side effects.

Here’s a DIY Degreaser:

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup dish soap
20 drops sweet orange EO

** Bleach **

Bleach is a highly toxic and dangerous chemical. Bleach causes respiratory problems and the fumes should never be inhaled.
Bleach can also burn the skin.

Here’s a DIY Bleach:

1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
3/4 cup washing soda


many of you comment about really toxic

cleaning products and you always ask if

there are any DIY alternatives you guys

you’re coming to the right place it’s me

clearly I have DIY alternatives for you

so this week I’m going to tell you the

five most toxic cleaning products and

any given store and I’m going to show

you how to make your own version at home

just a quick reminder if you haven’t

done so already to subscribe to the

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video a thumbs up if you like DIY

cleaning products before we get started

I just want to go over some of the

hazard symbols that you’ll see on

regular consumer products now these are

nothing to panic about but a lot of us

don’t know what they mean and especially

when we’re talking about toxic products

I just thought this would be an

important thing to cover off this is the

explosive symbol and it means that the

container is explosive so if the

container is heated or punctured it can

cause metal or plastic to go flying this

is particularly worrisome especially

when it comes to eye injury this is the

corrosive symbol and it means that if a

product gets on your skin or in your

eyes it can burn on contact or if you

ingest it and it gets in your stomach or

your throat it can also cause burns

going down this means that a product is

flammable so the product itself or its

vapor can catch fire if it’s near heat

or sparks and this means that a product

is toxic so any exposure to the product

whether it’s eating drinking licking or

sometimes even smelling the product can

cause illness or even death drain

cleaners are one of those products that

many of us have under the kitchen sink

but the next time you reach for it think

twice they’re really corrosive many of

them contain ingredients like bleach and

sodium hydroxide which can be really bad

for your skin or your eyes if it gets on

them it can cause permanent damage and

if you ingest it it can be fatal

the good news is there’s a great DIY

alternative and here it is start by

adding 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup salt

and add 1/8 cup cream of tartar mix this

together in a bowl and start boiling

some water

for half the mixture down the drain

followed by two cups of boiling water

wait a few minutes and repeat with the

remaining mixture toilet bowl cleaners

are also highly corrosive which means

they contain ingredients that can be

super irritating through your eyes your

skin and your respiratory system who

wants to clean a toilet with stuff

that’s going to affect you that way I

mean you’re already cleaning a toilet

you don’t need something that’s going to

make you feel worse I’ve been making my

own DIY toilet bowl cleaner for years it

works really well and guess what my

toilet is sparkling here it is 1/2 cup

baking soda 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup

hydrogen peroxide 1/4 cup dish soap and

15 drops of tea tree oil you’ll mix this

all together in a bottle shake it up and

then apply it into the toilet bowl

making sure you get under the rim and of

course around the bowl let it sit for a

moment or so and then give it a good

scrub and flush and you’re done oven

cleaner contains sodium hydroxide and if

you don’t know what that is it’s

commonly referred to as lye and if

you’ve ever seen the movie Fight Club

you know what I can do it is not pretty

if you haven’t seen the movie Fight Club

it’s caustic which means it can cause

third-degree burns on your skin so if

you’re not being responsible and careful

with oven cleaner you can actually do

some real damage to yourself by the way

if you’re not rinsing out your oven

properly afterwards that stuff is

lingering around when you are cooking

dinner so think about that for a minute

if you want a DIY alternative I have a

great one it’s a recipe that works

really really well but you got to use

the recipe along with the technique

obviously oven cleaner itself is very

strong and powerful and effective but if

you don’t want to use that you’ve got to

use the recipes plus the technique in

order to get your desired results in a

bowl mix 1 cup of baking soda 1/2 cup of

white vinegar with 4 tablespoons of dish

soap and 15 drops of orange essential

oil which is a great degreaser you’re

going to mix this all up and make a

heavy pay

you’ll apply this to the interior of

your oven and let it sit for a while


then you’re going to take a steel wool

pad ideally a super fine steel wool pad

and start scrubbing the areas of the

ovens that are really greasy and grimy

continue to do this rinse well and then

buff dry the greaser is a product that’s

used mostly in commercial applications

to remove thick layers of grease and

grime so you’ll see this in restaurant

kitchens a lot but even in our own

kitchen using a degreaser you’re still

using an unnecessarily toxic product

when there’s a simple DIY recipe that

can do the trick

to make your own here’s what you’ll need

1/2 cup of baking soda 1/4 cup of dish

soap and 20 drops of orange essential

oil mix this together in a bowl and

apply it directly to the greasy area let

it sit for about five to 10 minutes or

more depending on how greasy it is and

then scrub it off with a damp sponge and

wipe and buff dry now remember this

recipe won’t store overnight or at all

so only make up the amount that you need

one product you guys asked me about all

the time is chlorine bleach and here’s

the deal chlorine bleach can be

dangerous for your body again if you

ingest it if you inhale it or if it gets

in any of your mucous membranes that can

cause damage can also ruin your clothing

by bleaching it it can ruin fabric if it

lands on it or carpet and if it’s mixed

with other products it can create toxic

fumes that can kill you so in my house

we don’t use bleach my laundry looks

great and I have other methods of

disinfection and keep in mind that

bleach doesn’t actually clean anything

bleach can be used as a disinfectant to

kill bacteria and it can be used as a

whitener or a brightener for laundry and

of course there are plenty of

alternatives for both of those so I have

a great DIY bleach recipe that you can

give a try and a container mix up a

quarter cup of lemon

use one cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and

3/4 cups of washing soda now you can

either apply this to your garment as a

paste as a pretreat er or you can add

water to this and soak your affected

garment before you launder it this isn’t

something that you would necessarily

want to add to your washing machine and

well you could use this for a


I don’t now there are lots of bleach

recipes online that you can try this is

one that just happens to work for me let

me be clear you have to do what’s right

for you if you like to go to the store

and buy the products that I just talked

about you read the instructions you feel

comfortable and safe using them then use

them by all means go ahead but if you’re

not comfortable with those chemicals or

products in your home these alternatives

will work really well you need to decide

what feels right for you and your family

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comment question which is what is your

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