Source: Green Living – The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth
There are many non-toxic cleaning products available today, but using basic kitchen staples you can make your own – at a fraction of the cost!
All Purpose Cleaner
Mix 3 tablespoons dish soap in one quart of warm water, or use baking soda and a small amount of water.
Kitchen Countertop Sanitizer and Vegetable and Fruit Spray
Spritz countertops, cutting boards, vegetables or fruit with vinegar (apple cider or white), then spritz with 3 tablespoons ordinary hydrogen peroxide. Rinse produce with water. Tests found that the two mists killed virtually all salmonella, shigella, or E coli bacteria making it more effective than chlorine bleach.
Use baking soda on a damp ponse to clean and deodorize. Toss sponge into clothes washer or dishwasher to kill germs. Baking soda also removes stubborn countertop stains.
Mix 2 tablespoons white vinegar with 1 quart water. Increasing the vinegar will deepen the cleaning action. Put into labeled spray bottle. For stubborn spots and streaks, use undiluted vinegar.
Wash slate, ceramic tile, wood and no-wax floors with 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 1/2 gallon of warm water.
Rug and Upholstery Cleaner
Clean spill immediately with soda water and baking soda paste. Vacuum.
Eliminate soap residue by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle to make clothes feel soft and smell fresh. Do not use chlorine bleach and vinegar together – you will produce harmful vapors.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle baking soda in bowl, then drizzle with vinegar and scour with toilet brush.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and cover drain opening. Let stand a few minutes, then pour bowling water down the drain to unclog and deodorize drains.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
Use white vinegar full strength on mold and mildew stains. Add 1/4 cup or more of vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water to clean most dirt. To remove film buildup on tubs, wipe full strength vinegar on with a sponge, then use baking soda or borax like as scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge and rinse with water.