Natural Cleaning Alternatives
Many household cleaners are common pollutants that put harmful substances into the drain and can have negative effects on wildlife. Using natural cleaning supplies is better for the environment, because it doesn't put toxins into waterways and there is less plastic packaging purchased. Natural cleaning supplies can also be cheaper and some people even say they work better!
Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer
Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water. Use this to wash countertops, clean sinks and pour down the drain to keep it smelling fresh.
Scented All Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Add rind from 1 lemon. Let it infuse for a week. Then, use it to clean rubbish bins, wipe away wall smudges, clean counter tops and bathroom sinks. Caution: avoid using acid-based cleaners on granite, as it will damage the stone.
For windows, mirrors, and glass door panels mix together in a spray bottle: 2 cups water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration), and 1 to 2 drops orange or lemon essential oil. Spritz glass and wipe with a clean newspaper to avoid streaks. Bonus: It's another way to use old newspapers!