I don't use a lot of chemicals to clean our house. I LOVE to use natural things! I KNOW this saves me a ton of money!! Woo hoo!
There are all sorts of recipes out there for homemade household cleaners. There are a few basic ingredients (which cost next to nothing) that you will need to make most of them.
Surface spray: In a spray bottle (about $1 at Walmart) I mix 1/3 vinegar and the rest water. (You could probably get away with less vinegar) I use this on counters, in the refrigerator, on mirrors (doesn't leave streaks) and any other surface I need to clean! It shines faucets wonderfully!!
Toilet: I sprinkle baking soda around the bowl and squirt my vinegar/water mix. It fizzes and I scrub & flush!
Floors: I put hot water in the sink (about 1/3), squirt a small amount of dish soap, and put in about a cup of vinegar. The vinegar is a disinfectant and doesn't leave spots on the floor.
Rinse agent: Vinegar is a great rinse agent for the dishwasher. During the rinse cycle (if you can catch it) splash in about 1/2 C. (depending on how soft or hard your water is). The vinegar takes the soap scum off and shines!
Coffee pot: Put vinegar in where the water goes. You can dilute with a little water if you'd like. Run the coffee pot as usual. If it's real bad, run more vinegar through again otherwise, run water through a few times and you're done!
Smelly things: Wipe down with vinegar or leave a vinegar soaked item (sponge or cloth) in overnight.
Kill gnats: Put out a small dish of dish soap (like Dawn) and vinegar mixed with a spoon. Gnats will fall in (as they are attracted to the vinegar) and die from the soap. This works like a charm!
Remove sticky stuff: You can put vinegar on sticky things like price tags and they will come off after a good soaking!
Microwave: Spray vinegar mix surface spray all over inside the microwave. Shut the door for a few minutes then wipe out.
Carpet: Put water in carpet cleaner then add a splash of vinegar (maybe about 3/4 C.). Run as usual.