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eco-friendly cleaning products you can make at homeIf using eco-conscious alternatives in all facets of your life is a priority for you, then you’ll love this one. Cleaning products are known for using super toxic ingredients to cut the grime and gunk. Most families have just accepted that a few harsh toxins are necessary to get things sparkly clean. Well eco-friendly friends, we’ve got some alternatives that you can make at home for tackling dirt. Get ready to tap into your DIY spirit.

1. Natural Tub Grime Killer - Grapefruit and Salt

You can replace the nasty smell of bleach with a natural grapefruit and salt combo. This all natural alternative releases a sweet aroma you only expect from store brought brands. To use this method, simply substitute your bacteria filled sponge with the wedge of a grapefruit covered in coarse salt. You’d be surprise that this combo can knock out some of the nastiest of bathroom grime.

2. Toilet Crud Kicker - Baking Soda & Vinegar

Baking soda has been known for its cleaning properties for some time. People brush their teeth with it and use it as a natural deodorizer. This means it’s safe enough to clean our homes with too! The classic combination of baking soda with vinegar is a first rate toilet crud buster! When combined, the two ingredients foam naturally to loosen up dirt on surfaces and leave them clean. We recommend adding your favorite essential oil in the mix for a boost of fragrance.

To create this knockout combination, simply combine 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar into spray bottle. Add in about 50 drops of your favorite essential oil and shake gently.

3. Drain Muck Buster - Baking Soda, Vinegar & Salt

The multi-purpose duo of baking soda and vinegar can be a base for countless cleaning projects. When mixed with salt, it doubles as a drain cleaner for your tubs and sinks. Together these everyday ingredients can cut through tough grease and break down build up without the lye and aluminums you’ll find in many store bought drain cleaners.

To employ this drain buster, pour a large pot of boiling hot water down your clogged pipes. Follow up with a half cup of baking soda mixed with 1 cup of table salt. Let the mixture penetrate for roughly 10 minutes then follow up with a mix of 1 cup of hot boiling water and 1 cup of vinegar. Let that sit for 10 minutes too. Once you’re all done. Flush with warm water

4. The Glass Blaster - Vinegar Water & Cornstarch 

No one likes the streaky look of glass that isn’t cleaned correctly. This au-natural combination of vinegar, water and cornstarch gives you the streak-free shine you’re after. The best part is that it does this without the ammonia, bleach or phosphates found in store brought glass cleaners. You’ll find yourself using this on all of your glass surfaces. 

To create this DIY glass blaster, combine ¼ white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into a spray bottle. 

5. Natural Disinfectant Spray -Tea tree Oil & Water

So many of us believe that we have to smell or feel something to know it’s working. With tea tree oil we reminded by its subtle smell that it’s working but we also get tons of benefits too. Tea tree oil is packed with antibacterial agents that make it a great alternative to commercial disinfectant sprays.

This natural alternative skips out on ingredients like benzalkonium chloride while it naturally eliminates surface germs.

To cook up this concoction, combine 50 to 100 drops of tea tree oil with 10 oz. of water into a spray bottle.

Do you have any natural cleaning substitutes we should know about? Let us know in the comment section below.

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organic bedding and accessoriesWritten by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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