Sherry Tyra: Starbuck cleaning products are expensive, but can also be hazardous to your health and the environment. I am going to show you some homemade alternatives that not only cost less, but are also much healthier for you, your family, and the environment.
Always have white vinegar on-hand because it can do a lot. Mix a quarter cup of vinegar with two cups of water and you'll have a homemade solution that gives your windows a streak free sparkle. Pour a little vinegar on your damp dishcloth or sponge to cut grease on the stove and counters.
Baking soda is a natural and safe alternative to commercial scouring powders. Sprinkle a little into a bowl and add water for a paste. Add a few drops of natural dish soap for polishing silver or add lemon juice when polishing brass.
Baking soda also makes a great natural deodorizer. Put in an open box in your refrigerator or sprinkle a little inside your garbage can liner to keep odors at bay.
Borax is an old fashioned product that is still as good today as it was when our grandmothers used it. A quarter cup of borax in a bucket of hot water will leave your showers and bathroom floors sparkling clean.
Sprinkle one part borax mixed with two parts cornmeal in your carpet and leave it for an hour, then vacuum out for a great carpet deodorizer.
These safe and environmentally friendly homemade solutions are a great alternative to chemical-based products. Not only are they much less expensive, they will keep your home free of harmful toxins, protecting your family's health.