8 Green Cleaning Recipes That Really Work

Save money and feel better as you switch from store-bought cleaners to safer homemade versions.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Vinegar in glass carafe. Isolated on a white background.

Never waste your money on “antibacterial” cleaners and soaps whose active ingredients have been linked to thyroid damage, water pollution, and the emergence of drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. Instead, kill germs with this all-purpose vinegar solution. It’ll only cost you about 20 cents!

Make It!

  • 9 parts water
  • 1 part white vinegar

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle and clean away!

For particularly nasty messes, such as a countertop after you’ve handled raw meat on it, squirt straight white vinegar on the surface, and follow with a squirt of hydrogen peroxide to knock out virtually all germs. (Remember to do a spot test first to make certain the surface doesn’t discolor or otherwise react.)

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