Bay Area Storm Water Authority

      Working together to improve water quality



Non Toxic Alternatives

Toxic Products                       Nontoxic  Alternatives

Oil based paint                       Latex paint

All purpose cleaner                 One cup vinegar mixed in a gallon of warm water

Disinfectant/Bleach                Borax brand detergent (mix half a cup in a gallon of warm water)

 Window Cleaner                  One part vinegar to four parts warm water

Carpet Deodorizer               Sprinkle with baking soda then vacuum after 30 minutes

Furniture/Floor Polish           Sprinkle with baking soda then vacuum after 30 minutes

 Floor Cleaners                   Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with

                                          one gallon warm water: polish with club soda or add skim milk to

                                           rinse water for shine

Abrasive Cleaners              Bon Ami brand cleanser, Clorox Soft Scrub or baking soda

Drain Cleaner                    Plunger or plumber snake; rinse with 1/4 baking soda and 2 ounces


Fabric Softener                1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda

Mildew Remover               Lemon juice and salt; or white vinegar and salt

Oven Cleaner                    Baking soda and water

Flea Collars                      Use a collar with pyrethrum

Herbicides                         Pull weeds or mulch

Pesticides                          Soap sprays

Mouse/Rat Poison            Use live traps

Wood Preservatives           Urethane