We all know by now that cleaners, laundry detergents, and skincare products include endocrine disruptors such as BPA and phthalates. Many patients often ask us what to do when it seems like almost every product has some kind of fragrance or chemical. Also, which preferred products don’t take a hit to the bank account.

Did you know you can utilize your pantry staples of vinegar and baking soda to substitute a lot of these products? Yes, everyday vinegar.

Here are a few ways you can use them to replace some of those toxic products around your home:

Softening Clothes – White vinegar is a natural alternative to conventional fabric softeners. Just use 1/4 cup in each load.

Cleaning Coffee Makers – Mix equal parts water and white vinegar to help decalcify your coffee and espresso machines.

Carpet Cleaner – Use a 50/50 mixture of hot water and white vinegar to clean carpets in your carpet machine. If you have a stain, you can also use baking soda and a little vinegar.

Household Cleaner – You can use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to replace your all-purpose cleaning spray for bathtubs, toilets, laminate, and solid surface counters. Note: Make sure not to use on marble, quartz or granite.

Sink Scrub – Plain ole baking soda is awesome for cleaning your stainless steel sink and deodorizing your disposal. I keep a mason jar next to my sink so I can give it a good scrub every night after dishes. Add a little lemon juice if you want a fresh scent.

We love following @cleanmama for all kinds of homemade cleaners. Just make sure to omit essential oils, as they are endocrine disruptors for your fertility journey.