There is an easy way to avoid the toxicity, while still getting your home clean. And it's right in your pantry!
Use pure vinegar in the toilet to get rid of rings. Use it on kitchen and stove counter tops, bathtubs, sinks, appliances, and the floor. It eats away soap scum and hard water stains as well. It is also a good fabric softener- just put 1/2 cup vinegar in place of fabric softener in the wash. Run vinegar through your coffee maker to deep clean it every few months. Use it on windows or mirrors for streak-free cleaning and shine.
We all know that baking soda is a great deodorizer (who doesn't have an open box in their 'fridge?). But did you know that it is also a great cleaning scrub? Use it instead of abrasive (and very harsh) chemical cleaners.
Lemon juice shines brass, silver and copper. It dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits.
Yes, it's great for your skin and for cooking, but olive oil also makes a wonderful furniture polish.
Course salt scrubs pans and baking dishes without leaving chemical residues.
Rub white bread on wallpaper marks to magically "erase" them.
Rub the meat of a walnut on wood furniture scuffs to mask them.
Grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, lavender, and clove are great antiseptics and fungicides, and also hide foul odors (put a few drops in cat boxes and baby diaper pails).