-- Sara Parvinian, Libertyville, Ill.
An indoor tip is to clean windows with tissue paper left over from gift boxes. I add 1/4 cup vinegar to 1 quart of water in a spray bottle and the results are spectacular. There is no fuzz or residue left on the windows from other materials such as cotton cloths.
-- Barbara L. Collins
My tip to live more greenly is simply this: vinegar. I dilute it by half, fill a spray bottle and use it as my all purpose cleaner including windows, mirrors, sinks, facets, the inside of the refrigerator and counter tops. I also add a generous splash to a bucket of warm water to quickly clean tile or vinyl floors. Other uses include cleaning my drains with straight vinegar and baking soda. (This combination also works to clean toilet bowls). Lastly, I occasionally rinse my hair with vinegar and water which will leave it shiny and free of product build up.
-- Jolene Brandt
Rather than clean with harsh chemicals every week, I wipe down the tub and shower walls with a sponge after every use to prevent 'rings,' wipe off the sink counter and faucet with a sponge after use, and use only baking soda or vinegar for thorough cleaning.
-- Jennifer Zinnecker, Naperville, Ill.
We have become much more aware of the dangerous chemicals found in everyday items such as soap, shampoos and household cleaners -- which pose dangers for people, pets and the environment. We have started using vinegar and baking soda for most of our cleaning, and are searching for good old-fashioned soap -- something without chemicals such as triclosan or sodium lauryl sulphate.
-- Marks Family
The best and cheapest cleaning ingredients for "green" cleaning sinks and tubs are vinegar and baking soda. Wet a sponge liberally with vinegar. Rub the sponge all over surface to be cleaned. (If it is "grimy", for example: kids have washed their dirty feet in the sink, you can actually feel it get slippery as the dirt loosens.) Sprinkle baking soda on the surface and scrub a little to mix the two. Rinse clean with water.
-- Sandy Schoephoester, Morton Grove, Ill.