This article is 11 years old. It was published on April 1, 2012.
Below are just a few of the all natural/safe products that you could use to replace the harsh chemicals you once used.
Toilet bowl cleaner:
Who needs "scrubbing bubbles" when you've got baking soda and vinegar? Wet the sides of your bowl with a toilet brush. Liberally sprinkle the sides with baking soda, then splash on some vinegar. Instant foam! Scrub clean. The baking soda is also a terrific deodorizer.
All you need is a sturdy sponge, a bowl full of white vinegar, and some salt. Soak the sponge in vinegar, sprinkle with salt, and scrub away the toughest grime. Rinse clean. You can help keep soap scum at bay between cleanings by spraying your wet tile with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water.
Glass and mirror cleaner:
A spray bottle with a half-and-half mixture of vinegar and water you use to touch up tile (or any other surface) will get your mirrors spotless. Since we're paying attention to resources, use recycled paper towels to buff any streak marks. Better yet: make your own cleaning rags from discarded cotton clothing.
Use 1 cup (about 250 ml) white vinegar in 1 gallon (about 4 liters) of water. Some people add 6-12 drops of peppermint oil as a freshener.
City of St. Louis
Waste Management and Recycling