Every day, you are surrounded by chemicals. Some of these are good chemicals, like water and oxygen. Other chemicals can be very harmful if you do not handle them properly. In between these two categories (safe and unsafe) is a whole spectrum of chemicals that can be helpful or hurtful. A lot of the chemicals found in this category are included in home cleaning products. However, you don't have to use these strong chemicals in your home. There are many green cleaning products that you can make yourself. Not only are these much safer to use around your children and pets, they are much cheaper, too.
This simple ingredient can tackle a host of cleaning tasks. You can use it straight, or dilute it with water to make glass cleaner. Simply mix equal parts in a spray bottle. Before each use, give the bottle a little shake to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed. To make a great grease cleaner, mix vinegar with dish soap (again in equal parts), and shake gently to mix. Spray anywhere you need to cut through grease or dirt, let it sit for a moment, and wipe it up.
Baking soda is a great natural abrasive. It easily takes off built-up grease and grime on cooking surfaces. To use, simply sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the soiled area. Dampen with water, then scrub using a rag. It may take a bit of elbow grease, but it will get the job done. Baking soda is also a great odor remover. Put a small dish in your fridge to absorb odors. This also works in larger areas, such as a room, or in your car. Just be sure to change it out once a month.
The best part is that if you combine these two ingredients together, you can make even more green cleaning products! To clean out drainpipes, simply pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. Let it settle, then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar after it. Once the fizzing stops, flush the pipes with hot water. Making your own cleaning products is quick, easy, and affordable.