Vinegar has a strong smell (which you can mask with essential oils) but its cleaning power can't be beat.
Making your own cleaning products for the kitchen is both economical and good for your health. When you're using baking soda, vinegar, and water, you can feel pretty confident that the cleaning you're doing isn't hurting you or the environment.
What You Need
Essential Oil (optional)
Equipment or Tools
All-Purpose Cleaner Using funnel, put 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon dish soap, and 2 tablespoons vinegar into your spray bottle. Give it a stir/shake. Let it sit for a minute, now fill bottle with warm water and shake it up. Give it a few more minutes to calm down, and add a few drops of essential oil if desired.
Garbage Disposal Freshener Take the pulp from a lemon (preferably one you've squeezed to use for something else) and toss it in the garbage disposal, along with a few thin strips of the peel. Run water and turn on disposal.
Sink or Stovetop Cleaner Put a 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl. Mix in enough warm water so that you get a nice moist paste. Put paste on sponge or brush and scrub away. Make it as you need it.
Microwave Cleaner No need to reinvent the wheel. We always follow's Jonathan's advice. His post on cleaning the microwave is the best we've ever found.
Additional Notes: The one thing we haven't found are good instructions on how to naturally clean an oven. Do you have any tips?
(Images: Stephanie Kinnear)