Do what your grandma did: Make your own cleaners using ingredients from your kitchen.
Before store shelves were filled with chemical-strength cleaners, everybody cleaned the windows with a mix of white vinegar and water. Other easy-to-make, nontoxic cleaning potions:
- Add a drizzle of water to baking soda to make a slightly abrasive paste for scrubbing pots and pans, sinks and bathtubs.
- For truly tough stains, she might have mixed a pinch of coarse salt into the paste.
- Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice in a cupful of cooking oil and use the mix to polish furniture.
- Rely on nature-made borax to whiten clothes—and skip the bleach.