Laughing Gorilla

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Natural Cleaners

Commercial cleaners leave toxic residue that’s unhealthy for us and our environment. Homemade cleaners are earth-friendly, simple, inexpensive, and free of harmful chemicals.


For floors, counters, mirrors, and windows:
1 cup apple cider vinegar + 2 gallons hot water = liquid cleaning solution
Vinegar naturally deters ants.

For soap scum around the base of sink faucet fixture:
Soak with apple cider vinegar for about 15-20 minutes to loosen, then wipe.
Repeat if needed.

For sinks, stovetops, counters, toilets, and bathtubs:
apple cider vinegar + baking soda = scouring paste
Dampen enough baking soda to form paste. Apply to sponge or cloth.

TIPS: A) To avoid getting knocked out by toxic fumes, never add chlorine bleach or ammonia to the recipes above. Yeah, it’s a potentially lethal combination. B) Beware that vinegar can damage marble and granite surfaces. Use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap to clean marble and stone. C) The strong scent of vinegar evaporates when it dries. D) For extra scouring power, add lemon, lime, and/or salt to your homemade cleaner. Form a paste with the salt. E) 100% cotton microfiber towels are best for cleaning because they are lint-free and reusable.


Use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant to clean counters and tabletops. The label on the bottle should indicate 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. This is optimal.

One cup of hydrogen peroxide in the washer can replace chlorine bleach. To avoid toxic fumes, never combine hydrogen peroxide with vinegar.

[By the way, don’t use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. It can wipe out beneficial bacteria and cause cankersores. For a clean mouth, Laughing Gorilla recommends trying Nature’s Gate Peppermint Toothpaste.]


Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is a biodegradable cleaner made of plant-based surfactants with spruce and fir needle oils. It can also be used to do laundry.

Laughing Gorilla’s personal favorite: Orange TKO. Try it here. This is a concentrated all-purpose cleaner. It’s actually far less expensive than most store-bought cleaners because you mix it with water and a little goes a long way. Pleasant citrus scent, non-toxic, and removes the toughest stains or grease. Even use it to safely eliminate skunk odor from your dog buddy. Of course, just don’t spray in the eyes.


Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain.
Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
Shut sink or tub plug for 5-10 minutes.
Then flush with a pot of boiling water.
Repeat if needed.

For tough clogs, keep a spare heavy-duty plunger handy just for the sink and tub.
Before applying the plunger, make sure you plug the overflow hole so you get maximum suction.

Another trusty tool is the plumber’s snake.


Just open the windows. Even in the middle of winter, opening the windows for 5-12 minutes will refresh a room. Or light a scented soy candle. Soy Candles by Phebes are free of toxins and beeswax.