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Nontoxic Cleaning Supply Recipes

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As we all know, our avian friends are especially sensitive to toxic substances. Harsh cleaning chemicals are not something we want to use around our birds (They are likely to be harmful to ourselves and the rest of our environment as well!). As an alternative, below are some inexpensive, safe, nontoxic and very effective cleaning recipes.


All Purpose Cleaner/Disinfectant

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 Tbsp. Borax

2 Cups boiling water

Place in spray bottle and use as you would any commercial all-purpose cleaner. Note: It’s best to mix in a bowl before placing in spray bottle. If any bits of Borax don’t dissolve, they’ll clog your sprayer.

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Floor Cleaner

1/2 cup washing soda (baking soda)

1 cup white vinegar

2 Tbsp. vegetable-based floor soap

2 gallons hot water

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Furniture Polish

1 part distilled white vinegar

3 parts olive oil

Juice of one lemon

This must be made fresh each time. It gets really rancid if it sits.

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Tub and Tile Cleaner

1-3/4 cups baking soda

1/2 cup vegetable-based soap (liquid)

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp. vinegar

Stir until lumps are gone. Keep covered when not in use, or it will dry out. Shake well before using. Great for greasy, grimy jobs. If you find a baking soda residue, rinse with a squirt of vinegar and water.

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Glass Cleaner

The best glass cleaner you can get is plain club soda. It’s amazing. If you use newspaper instead of a rag, you’ll be thrilled with the results!

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Rust Remover

Sprinkle some salt on the rust. Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is well-soaked. Leave on for 2-3 hours. Use the lime rind as a scrubber. Rust is gone!