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SNEAK PEEK: DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

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It’s an unmagical number of sorts. Right now as you read this page, there are about 700 chemicals coursing through your body, many of which likely came from the cleaning supplies that line store shelves.¹

So what are these chemicals? Potent hormone disruptors, formaldehyde and cancer-causing 1,4 dioxane to name a few, but you probably won’t find them listed on the label.

That’s right, a University of Washington study tested several top laundry products/air fresheners and found that they contained at least one chemical labeled as toxic or hazardous by federal law.

None of the chemicals were listed on the label, though five of the six products emitted chemicals which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level.² Many of the chemicals are known to bio-accumulate and pass from mama to baby, increasing each generation’s level of internal pollutants.

Take a deep breath and smell the irony with me. 

Unfortunately, “green” and “organic” options are not always what they seem, either. One company exec called his company’s cleaning products so safe “you can even drink them,” then he did on camera! While it was a great marketing technique, analysis by the EWG revealed that 10 of the 18 products they tested in the baby care line contained an ingredient that released formaldehyde during use.³

Now For The GOOD News

You don’t toxic chemicals or expensive and sometimes questionable organic cleaners to get things REALLY clean! You don’t even need fancy ingredients to make your own. Though most homemade formulas use the same basic ingredients, there’s often a trick to getting them to work. In my ebook, DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes, you’ll find out:

  • Why so many homemade recipes don’t work
  • How to make cleaners that DO!!

Today I’m going to share an exclusive recipe from the book and let you know how to save 20% just in time for spring cleaning!

NOTE: This special ends on September 10th, 2013. After that the price of DIY Non-Toxic Beauty Recipes will go up to $24.95.

Want A Sneak Peek Inside?

You’ll find recipes for:

  • Lemon and Lavender All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
  • Goo and Gunk Remover
  • Fruit and Veggie Wash
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Soft Scrub
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Tub and Tile Cleaner
  • Oxygen Bleach
  • Lemon and Rosemary Dusting Spray
  • Leather Conditioner
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner

Here are a few of my other favorites . . .

Pink Lemonade Dish Detergent


If you’ve ever tried homemade dish detergent and been disappointed with the results, chances are you were closer to a great recipe than you thought! This recipe explains why most homemade formulas don’t work, then gives you a simple fix that will leave your glasses crystal clear.

Glass Cleaner


Can you see the reflection of the nozzle in the window? Oh yes, that was achieved without any chemicals whatsoever!

Tea Tree & Clove All-Purpose Sanitizer


Still clinging to bleach for heavy-duty disinfecting? According to tests run at the University of Nebraska, there is a way to naturally disinfect without deploying the “nuclear” option. Unfortunately, many homemade cleaning recipes combine the two fundamental ingredients for this recipe, which deactivates their antimicrobials. No worries, though! This easy recipe delivers just the “one-two” punch you’re looking for.

Citrus Splash All-Purpose Spray Cleaner


Store-bought “eco-friendly” cleaners – which often contain questionable ingredients – cost about $3.84 for 32 ounces. This formula costs about $1.62 for 32 ounces – a savings of 50%!

Wool Dryer Balls


Cut drying time and reduce static cling with 100% wool dryer balls. They make a lovely housewarming gift along with homemade detergent, dryer sheets and other goodies from this book.

Powdered Laundry Detergent


This recipe has gotten a lot of rave reviews, like this one from Hilary:

“My husband does mechanical work for a logging company and his clothes get REALLY dirty after crawling in, on, and under those greasy machines! I think the detergent cleaned it better than our natural detergent we were buying from Costco! I was very impressed, thank you!”

Click here to buy the book

One Week Sale!

For this week only not only can you get all 50 recipes in DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes for less than a $1.50 as part of the End of Summer Book Bundle promotion, plus 29 other valuable E-books with tons of information by other popular authors as well!

NOTE: This special Summer Book Bundle offer ends at midnight, Wednesday, September 10th. After that the price of DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes will go up to $24.95.

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25 Responses to SNEAK PEEK: DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

  1. Irene Saadeh says:

    Hi Heather,

    I love your blog! I just ordered your DIY book and am so excited to download it and try out all the great recipes. Thank you so much for creating it!

    Irene Saadeh

  2. Emerald says:

    Yay! Another great book from Mommypotamus!

  3. Kari says:

    I just bought the bundle JUST to get your book! I love it! Thank you for offering it in the bundle & thank you so much for writing it!!

  4. Janelle says:

    Bought the bundle – super excited about your book in particular!

  5. Janell says:

    With the sample recipe for citrus cleaner, I am wondering how you only managed to spend $0.01 for the essential oils. They are usually quite expensive! Where are you able to purchase those for that price?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Janelle! Citrus oils are typically less expensive than other types. I only calculated the value of the drops used, which is why the price is so low. The brand I used for that particular recipe was NOW Brand orange essential oil :)

      • Janell says:

        Makes sense. Thanks! I suppose in this recipe it wouldn’t make any difference if it is organic or not, as it is going on your counter, not your skin.

  6. Melissa says:

    Hi, since the bundle offer is no longer offered, how would I be able to purchase this e-book?

  7. Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

    Hi, Heather,
    I tried the one-ingredient dishwasher recipe with the liquid rinse aid, and still had a lot of ‘clouding’ (admittedly I later realized I didn’t implement your pre-wash troubleshooting treatment method first). Anyhow, after that, I want to try adding the ‘extra oomph,’ so I was hoping you could tell me where to purchase sodium percarbonate.
    Also, where it says the EOs are optional for your dishwasher detergents, is it at all better to use them? With the small amounts used, do they still impart the properties you list at the beginning of the book? (And…If I have more questions as I work my way through the book, is it ok to ask them here?)
    Thank you for your time, and help! Happy Fall : )

    • Heather says:

      Hi Krystal, you can sometimes buy sodium percarbonate from soap making suppliers like this one:

      I would also recommend trying the citrus shine rinse aid along with the liquid rinse if you continue to experience cloudiness – sometimes with very hard water it takes both!

      On the essential oils, because this recipe is powdered vs. most of the recipes in the book I think they play a smaller role due to the fact that they will lose some potency as they dry out. They smell lovely, though!

      And yes, you can ask your questions here. Sometimes I get hundreds of comments in one day so if I miss one or don’t respond you may want to follow up by emailing 😉

  8. stiina says:

    Heather, I ordered your book and tried to download it onto my BlackBerry but it says the file is invalid. Is there another chance for me to download it? Thanks!

  9. Lori Drew says:

    Hi Heather,
    I love your book, it’s been great, but I’ve been having trouble with one of the recipes. For the powdered laundry detergent, I can’t seem to get the bars of soap to blend in the food processor. I tried grating them down, and it still just seems to choke up my food processor (I only tried this with a small amount as it was quite time consuming). I’ve tried it also in my Vitamix and the blades got stuck! I’ve tried with and without the washing soda. How do you get it to blend into a fine powder? I used the brand of soap you recommended if you aren’t using homemade soap.

    • Heather says:

      Goodness, I’m not sure Lori! I’ve been making this recipe in my food processor for a long time and have never come across that problem. I do always include both the soap and the washing soda, and do blend a pretty substantial amount in each batch. Maybe that has something to do with it?

  10. Grace Walker says:

    hey everyone I wanted to share some tips I have. I personally use a handful of professional cleaners because I have MS, but I find I can keep things tidier for longer and need to call them in less if I always make sure that I try to keep everything wiped down as soon as any mess is made. It’s not always easy but makes it worthwhile in the long run. If anyone has a disability like me I’d give the pros a try. If you check before hand you can see if they use harsh chemicals or not which is a clincher for me. The ones I use are oven cleaner sheffield and oven cleaner birmingham but I found them with Google places results so give it a go and good luck.

  11. Heather says:

    Hi, I purchased the ebook on March 13. I really loved the recipes in it, but when I tried to open it today, it would only show me the first 30 or so pages, and then adobe reader would freeze up. I checked several other of my ebooks, and this is the only one having issues, so I don’t think it is a problem with adobe reader. I also tried to print the book out, and that froze the program as well.

  12. Krystal Wight Armstrong says:

    Hi, Heather,
    I love your book, and use lots of the recipes. I’ve been using your Dishwasher solutions from the book for awhile now, and it’s pretty effective, but I’m thinking the kind of local water we have interferes with it being as good as we were used to with store bought ‘natural’ dishwasher liquid.
    Most natural store bought stuff still seems to have lots of questionable chemical ingredients, so I haven’t gone back, but my husband thinks we ought to try again.
    I’m maybe considering The Honest Company’s “plant & mineral based” dishwasher packs (though they’re quite a splurge). Most of it sounds ok, but I know you can spot shady ingredient labeling better than most of us. Do you see anything I should steer away from in these (such as “Biodegradable Cleaner”)? :
    “Sodium Carbonate (Natural Soda Ash), Sodium Citrate (Citrus Derived), Sodium Metasilicate, Sodium Percarbonate (Solid Form Of Hydrogen Peroxide Bonded With Natural Soda Ash), Sodium Sulfate (Mineral), Crystalline Silica (Mineral), Non-Ionic Ethoxylate (Biodegradable Cleaner), Sodium Polyaspartate (Mineral), Sodium Iminodisuccinate (Biodegradable Water Softener), Alpha-Amylase & Protease Enzymes (Organic Enzyme Blend), Polyvinyl Alcohol (Biodegradable, Water-Soluble Film)”

    Thanks so much for your time, help, and consideration.

  13. KShauers says:

    Hi, I was really wanting to try your lemonade dish detergent recipe, Is there a way just to get that one? And is is safe for a dishwasher?

    • Heather says:

      Hi there, it’s only available with the whole ebook. Yes, it is considered safe for dishwashers. I’m running a load right now with it.

  14. Lisette says:

    I am super excited to find you! I cannot wait to make the sour citrus gummies!!! I was just wondering if you will ever offer the book bundle again? I am so sorry that I missed it, but at that time I did not know about you nor was I into natural cleaning! Thanks so much!

    • Heather says:

      Welcome, Lisette! I don’t have any plans to offer it as part of a bundle right now, but that could always change :)

  15. Annalea says:

    Will you ever offer your ebook in an actual ebook format, or will it always be in PDF?

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