Apparently there is a "green cleaning" craze going on (it's about
time). From ABC News:
If people have the time, there are also inexpensive ways to
"eco-clean" your own home. Rangan points out that combining basic
household items, such as white vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, borax,
water and lemon, can work just as well as any premium-priced product.
"There's a little bit of science behind it so you're not just using
lemon on everything," she said. "But making your own formulations is
Below are a few natural cleaning tips from GreenerChoice.org, an
independent, nonprofit group that collaborates with the Consumer
policy Institute. A more complete list of cleaning formulations is
Ovens: Mix one cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of washing soda, then
add enough water to make a paste; apply the paste to oven surfaces and
let soak overnight. The next morning, lift off soda mixture and grime.
Tub and tile: Mix 1 2/3 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid soap,
and 1/2 of cup water. As the last step, add two tablespoons of vinegar
(if you add the vinegar too early it will react with the baking soda.)
Immediately apply, wipe and scrub.
Toilet bowl: Pour one cup of borax into the toilet before going to
bed. In the morning, scrub and flush. For an extra-strength cleaner,
add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the borax.
Furniture: Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish
with a soft cloth.
Windows: Put three tablespoons of vinegar per one quart water in a
spray bottle. For extra-dirty windows, try 1/2 teaspoon of liquid
soap, three tablespoons of vinegar, and two cups of water. Shake well.