By Chef Lauren Cox, Closer to Your Food

Most of us have a cabinet somewhere in the house complete with glass cleaner, bleach, abrasive bathroom cleaner, etc. Many conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your health. For more information on toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies, read the article Clean These 5 Toxins from Your Cleaning Routine

I suggest disposing of the conventional cleaning products you have in your house and try some of these great healthy alternatives. You will cut down on chemicals in your home and oftentimes save money!

Window Cleaner

¼ cup rubbing alcohol
¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups purified water


All Purpose Cleaner

½ cup white vinegar
2 cups water
10 drops oregano oil
10 drops clove oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon oil


Toilet Scrub

¾ cups borax
1 cup white vinegar
10 drops citrus oil of choice
10 drops mint oil


Wood and Floor Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
2 oz mild castille soap
3 cups purified water
20 drops essential oils of choice


Wood Polish

¼ cup coconut oil
⅓ cup white vinegar
4 cups hot water


Laminate and Tile Cleaner

1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups hot water
10 drops citrus oil of choice


Moldy Grout Cleaner

1 part hydrogen peroxide
1 part water
(spray and let sit at least 45 minutes and wipe down with a sponge)


Leather Cleaner

¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup olive or coconut oil
10 drops essential oil of choice


Air Fresheners

I suggest an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser or make a simmer pot. Just add in your favorite oils and herbals to a gallon of water and let it simmer all day. I love lavender, rosemary, lemon and clove.

Antibacterial Sprays

There are several new probiotic cleaner sprays on the market now. They kill the bad bugs and leave the good ones on surfaces. I suggest buying some in a sample size online to give it a try.



Closer to Your Food is a wellness blog focused on eating and cooking for health and sustainability with recipes and lifestyle tips formulated around a plant-based diet and home-grown local foods. Chef Lauren Cox holds a B.A. from the le Cordon Bleu in Culinary Management with over 8 years of fine dining experience in private dining, catering and Michelan star restaurants.



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.