TBG Sustainable Living Guide: DIY Non-Toxic Cleaners

Here on The Basic Goods, I will rarely claim expertise just experience.
My life looks, feels, and is a lot greener than it used to be—over the years, I’ve managed to patch together a sustainable lifestyle that works best for me with plenty of room to grow and evolve as things change.

However, a huge obstacle about eco-friendly living is who the hell knows where to start?! It’s confusing, overwhelming, and with all the naysayers and bearers of bad news, can be downright discouraging. Despite the noise, at the end of the day the health and wellbeing of this beautiful world and body that we get to live in deserves only the good stuff and that most certainly does not include things like unsafe endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and cancer-inducing chemicals. It just doesn’t.

If you’re with me say, YEAH!


One thing that I’ve had some great success with are homemade cleaning products. The myths surrounding homemade cleaning products are 1) too much time and effort, 2) their difficulty, and 3) they won’t be effective. All of these things could not be farther from the truth, seeing as how many of the ones I make, including the basic kitchen sink cleaner I’ll share with you here, has 3 easy to find ingredients, takes under 5 minutes to make, and is a kitchen cleaning legend.

Sweet Cinnamon Sink Scrub
1 cup Baking Soda
1 tbsp Cinnamon
5 drops Orange Essential Oil

Simply mix all ingredients well in a clear jar (so that you and others know what it is) and sprinkle on a wet sink. Let sit for a moment and use a good scrubbing brush (the one featured is a Redecker Scrubbing Brush) to thoroughly clean out the sink.



The ingredients involved are non-toxic and effective, the baking soda is a biodegradable (*important because everything washed down the drain goes into our water ways), odor and oil absorbing substance that has a gentle grit to it that will give your sink a good scrub. The cinnamon acts as another aromatic while the orange essential oil is a great disinfectant.  This recipe along with so many others come from the book, Homemade Cleaners: Quick-And-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes by biologist Mandy O’Brien and lawyer, Dionna Ford.

I’m excited to share more bits and pieces, tips and learnings with you as I continue to explore sustainable and conscious-living myself. I’m always open to a conversation, the possibility of being wrong, and appreciate hearing any of your thoughts! Please stay with me for more of TBG Sustainable Living Guide!

Additional Reading:
All You Need is Less by Madeleine Somerville
Green Cleaning Around the House, via The Chalkboard Mag
Healthy Home Tips, via EWG.org

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10 thoughts on “TBG Sustainable Living Guide: DIY Non-Toxic Cleaners”

  1. Natural is always better. We are evolving and refusing to accept toxins anymore. We are made from Mother Nature so she can heal us and raise our vibration too, love and light C and Scott.

  2. I keep wanting to make all natural cleaning supplies for the kitchen. Unfortunately I’m a poor college grad who moved back in with her parents and my mother won’t let me near her stainless steel sink and composite counters. She worries the abrasive ingredients will scratch her equipment or the oils will stain it. I can’t seem to find a good source to address her fears.

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