1. Homemade Substitutions: Here is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for many household purposes.
●Baking Soda: cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours
●Lemon: one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria
●Borax: cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls, and floors
●White Vinegar: cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains, and wax build-up
●Cornstarch: can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs
All-purpose cleaner: Mix 1/2 c. vinegar and 1/2 c. baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water.
Air Freshener: Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
Bathroom mold: Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing.
Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush.
Dishwasher soap: Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda, but increase the washing soda if your water is hard.
Laundry detergent: Mix 1 c. Ivory soap, 1/2 c. washing soap, and 1/2 c. borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads and 2 tbsp for heavy loads.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Mix 1/4 c. baking soda and 1 c. vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse.
Window cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean.
3. Green cleaning products: