In order to minimize the use of toxic substances in your home, try some of these natural combinations to create your own household cleaners.
All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon water to remove water deposit stains in the bathroom.
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 or sponge using warm soapy water. For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.
Disinfectant Spray: Combine and store in a spray bottle 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil, and 1/4 teaspoon lavender oil.
Deodorizing Cleaning: Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle to clean countertops, floors, stovetops and other appliances. Scrub dishes, surfaces and stains with a lemon that has been cut in half and sprinkled with baking soda on the flat side.
Marks on Walls and Painted Surfaces: Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using baking soda applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, then wipe and rinse.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup 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 quart warm water. Use crumbled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. (Don't clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying.)