There are several ways to make environmentally friendly cleaning solutions using common household products. By mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, homeowners can use the solution for general clean-up on just about any hard surface. Although the vinegar smell disperses quickly, a few drops of essential scented oil can be added to enhance freshness. An easy way to deodorize inside the refrigerator and around the kitchen is to add two tablespoons of baking soda to two cups of water, and use a sponge soaked with the solution to wipe the odors away. The kitchen sink disposal can be refreshed by cutting up a lemon into four wedges, turning on the cold water, and adding one wedge at a time until all are chewed up and disposed of completely. The underside of the rubber splash guard can be cleaned with a bit of the homemade deodorizer to remove build-up and grime. Equal parts baking soda and white toothpaste (non-gel) can be blended to remove rings around the bathtub. However, it is important never to mix ammonia-based cleaners with bleach because the fumes can be hazardous to one’s health. | Read More