Ways to Make Non-Toxic Home Cleaning Products for Under $2.00

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Stick to Scentless, Sprayless Cleaners

Cleaners with strong scents can irritate asthma, especially in a small enclosed space like a bathroom. Avoid spray cleaners too: One Spanish study of 3,500 adults found that using aerosol cleaners and air fresheners regularly raises asthma risk by as much as 30 to 50 percent — and as many as 15% of asthma cases could be due to spray cleaners. Instead, pour a cleaner on a damp cloth or paper towel to minimize exposure to airborne irritants.

You can also make your own natural cleaners with less irritating ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda.

Here are some other natural cleaning formulas:

Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of…

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