You don't need to pay a fortune for expensive "green" commercial cleaning products. It's easy and inexpensive to mix up effective, nontoxic alternatives using basic kitchen staples — baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and borax — plus a handful of easy-to-find essential oils. Karyn Siegel-Maier offers 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning everything in your home from bathrooms to bedding, carpets to cabinetry.
The formulas are so simple that anyone can make them, but they are at least as effective as the commercial options. Try making your own rosemary-geranium floor wipes for electrostatic floor mops, weekend warrior wicker wash, telephone dirty talk tamer, clear the air room spritzer, or lavender lift automatic dishwasher soap.
Karyn Siegel-Maier is the best-selling author of The Naturally Clean Home and a writer who specializes in herbal medicine, natural health, wellness, and green living. Her work has appeared in numerous consumer and industry publications, including Mother Earth Living, Mother Earth News, Let’s Live, Natural Living Today, Real Woman, The Herb Quarterly, Delicious!, Better Nutrition, Natural Pharmacy, and Energy Times. A lifelong student of herbal wisdom, guided by the seasons, Siegel-Maier spends her time writing, foraging, gardening, cooking, and practicing the botanical arts, from tincturing to blending teas and making natural products for the home and body.