In an effort to be a little more green, I purchased this book many years ago:
Clean House, Clean Planet Clean Your House for Pennies a Day, THE SAFE, NONTOXIC WAY by Karen Logan
I read it in a weekend and while I do not totally follow it it taught me several things that I refer to often.
This is one of my favorite recipes:
Momma's Earth Soap
This is a nontoxic cleaning basic. I developed it as a simple floor
cleaner, but I found so many uses for its simple scented-vinegar formula that is
has found a permanet spot under every sink in my house. It's so easy.
Ingredients: White distilled vinegar, water and an essential oil for
You will also need a squirt bottle. (Or for major cleaning jobs, mix
How to Make: Fill bottle with equal amounts white
vinegar and water. Add 15-20 drops of pure peppermint oil (or your
favorite essential oil). Shake to mix.
How to Use:
Squirt this refreshing cleaner directly onto the floor
and wipe clean with a rag or mop. Can be used on linoleum or tile
floors. Try in the bathroom to cut soap scum. Keep it in the kitchen
to clean the sink and counters.