Common tile cleaners are laced with dozens of contaminants, including chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive damage, and hormonal harm. A 2009 analysis even detected formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene—components of gasoline—in the popular cleaner Comet. To clean greener, make your own scrubbing paste.
- 1/2 cup Baking soda
- Liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner's peppermint or detergent)
- 5 to 10 drops of pure essential oil of lavender or rosemary, or tea tree oil (optional)
- Spray bottle or bucket
- Place baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in liquid soap, stirring until it looks like frosting. Add optional essential oils.
- Scoop onto a sponge, scrub, and rinse. You can also try cutting a lemon in half and using that as a scrubber.