A big challenge for all of us is how to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Don't be fooled by greenwashing as many products claiming to be environmentally friendly are merely clever marketing terms encouraging you to buy them over other products . Many common household products contain endocrine disruptors which are going to greatly affect our generation and future generations if we don't start making some changes now. Click here for an EPA page about endocrine disruptors.
Homemade glass, all-purpose and soft scrub cleaners are great cost-saving ideas. Here are some recipes you can use at home.
SOFT SCRUB - Baking soda and water, mix into a paste.
GLASS CLEANER - 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. A helpful tip is to use newspaper to clean your windows with this mix. Newspaper is lint-free and if you let the newspaper dry out you can still recycle it.
ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER - One quart water, one teaspoon of Borax cleaner and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. This mixture is great for countertops and other hard surface items. The lemon juice gives the mixture a great scent and also works as a grease cutter.
LAUNDRY DETERGENT - One bar of shaved bar soap using a cheese grater, 1/2 cup of Borax, and 1/2 cup of washing soda. Thoroughly stir together for several minutes.
NOTE: This formula WILL work in high efficiency front-load washers. HE washers require low suds detergent. Don't be fooled by "special" HE detergent, you just need low suds because of the small amount of water used by HE washers. This formula is low suds.