Here's a few highlights:
First, you (mostly) only need five things: baking soda, borax, lemon, salt, and white vinegar. Cheap, so I'm on board. (Except, where does one buy borax? Not at Rite-Aid. I'm still looking. Update: I found it at Whole Foods.)
A couple of the greatest-hits recipes:
- Equal parts borax, baking soda, and Ivory soap flakes for laundry detergent
- Equal parts borax and baking soda for electric dishwashing detergent
- Add to fresh flowers: two Tbsp. white vinegar, one tsp. sugar for each one quart water
- 1/4 cup borax and 1/4 cup baking soda for all-purpose kitchen and bath cleaner; add salt as needed as an abrasive
All these cheap and easy cleaning solutions lead me to wonder: why did I ever start buying those toxic cleaners to begin with?