Perfect for Spring Cleaning Month — The New York Times explores the growing number of people eschewing store-bought, big name brands and making their own cleaning products at home. In addition to cutting down on harsh chemicals and costs, the practice can be helpful to those suffering from various allergies to unlisted chemicals and fragrances...
Because companies are "not required to list all ingredients and usually do not"... it's reassuring to make cleaning products with simple, familiar ingredients like baking soda, borax, Castile soap, lemon oil, vinegar and glycerin. Check out Raiding the Pantry to Add Sparkle and Shine. The Times has even published a number of easy recipes for some basic cleaning products: Whipping Up a Batch of Furniture Polish.
We'd like to remind everyone that uneducated mixing can be extremely dangerous! Do your research and read labels carefully!
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