Using Household Staples to Green the Clean
A lot of people are resistant to going green because they believe it is more expensive, or that it requires denying themselves. It is true that organic foods can be more expensive than conventionally grown foods, although some of the people complaining pay the 1,000 percent mark up for bottled water without batting an eye. It is also true that the culture of consumerism is a bit at odds with going green, BUT you can definitely go green and save money without denying yourself.
How to do it? The easiest way is to green your cleaning. Stop buying those conventional cleaners designed for a single purpose - the glass cleaner, the wood cleaner, the bathroom tile cleaner, etc. - and instead make your own. It is a heck of a lot cheaper, it is greener, and you will improve your air quality by skipping the potentially toxic ingredients in conventional cleaners. Think about it - all those scented conventional cleaners? They usually contain synthetic fragrance, and hidden in that can be hormone disrupting phthalates.
So, can you really make your own? Yep. It is easy. Take soft scrub. The easiest household cleaner to make. Just mix in a repurposed squirt bottle (like a cleaned out catsup bottle) some baking soda with castile soap (vegetable based liquid soap). Add about 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 to 1/2 cup castile soap, depending on the consistency you want. You can use this on virtually any surface. Just squirt and then wipe with a damp rag.
Squirt the soft scrub under the toilet bowl, follow with some squirts of distilled white vinegar, and let foam. Just flush after 5 minutes and you should have a clean toilet with little to no scrubbing.
To clean your microwave, put some lemon slices in about 6 ounces of water in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, let sit for 3 minutes without opening the door. Open the door and wipe clean with a damp rag. That's it.
There are lots of great household cleaning recipes out there to clean your home green. And your save some dough too.