One way I save a lot of money and avoid exposing my family to harsh chemicals is by making my own cleaner. These are the seven main items that are used in green cleaning that can be found almost anywhere.
Baking Soda: The main ingredient in multi-purpose cleaners.
Vinegar: It is a good disinfectant and can be used in almost all cleaning jobs. It cuts grease and kills mold and mildew.
Salt: It can be used by itself or combined with other ingredients like vinegar to make a paste to clean brass or copper.
Lemon Juice: It acidic state provides antibacterial and antiseptic properties for cleaning.
Borax: It is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. It is safe for washing machines, plumbing and septic tanks. It does not contain phosphates or chlorine. It can be used as a multi-purpose cleaner or a natural laundry booster. ( I use it in my homemade laundry detergent).
Castile Soap: This soap is made from vegetable oil rather than from animal fat or any synthetic substance. We use this as the only soap for my children. It can be diluted and used as hand soap, detergent or a multi-purpose cleaner.
Washing Soda: I use these in my homemade laundry detergent as well.
Diotomaceous Earth: Not only is diotomaceous earth good for cleaning, you can also use it to protect your bulk grains from insects and get rid of internal parasites. (Can be ordered from Azure Standard)
Essential Oils: I like using lemon and lavender.