Practice green housekeeping
Many green cleaning staples are less expensive than chemical counterparts. Plus, they’re probably items you already have around the house and use for other purposes.
The advantages, in addition to being good for the environment, are that green cleaning doesn’t give off harsh fumes, they’re gener- ally safe for children and pets, and they’re less caustic — meaning you may not need those heavy- duty rubber gloves.
Cream of tartar: Use this baking staple for removing rust from white porcelain fixtures. Mix two tablespoons with a few drops of 3- percent hydrogen peroxide. Let the paste sit on the stain until dry and then rinse off.
Cornstarch: Another spice closet must- have, cornstarch can absorb grease and oil from fabric, upholstery and leather.
Salt: Use this as an abrasive for cleaning grime from baking dishes, pet bowls and so much more.
Rubbing alcohol: Use for a streak- free shine on stainless steel appliances, windows and other surfaces.