Everything we do and surround ourselves has an effect on us. Whether it is people, or substances, sometimes it is good to rethink our habits and replace them with healthier habits. I too have to take this advice. Today there is more and more talk about toxicity in the items we use. Many resources today such as TV, magazines, and blogs, speak to this. What we clean with can have lasting consequences on our health. The reason I am waking up to this knowledge is I wondered if somehow I contributed to my cat’s cancer. I recalled using Lysol and beach a lot to clean up after her. She stayed primarily in my room the last year of her life. I looked online to find that Lysol was very toxic to animals. Well yea, they are closest to the ground and their paws directly touch the surfaces we clean with these cleaners. For additional information regarding toxicity: http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/10/25/most-toxic-cleaning-products.html http://life.gaiam.com/article/8-household-cleaning-agents-avoid I have known for many years vinegar is used to clean windows and I know baking soda keeps odors away but I didn’t know of recipes I could use. With the internet all we have to do is a simple web search for natural household cleaning recipes. According to WebMD.com when shopping for household cleaning look for products that don’t contain chlorine, alcohols, triclosan, triclocarbon, lye, glycol ethers, or ammonia. It also says to choose items that say petroleum-free, 90% biodegradable in 3 days, or phosphate-free, VOC-free, and solvent-free. I am reposting recipes from their site: Household Cleaner All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner 2 cups water (preferably distilled water) 1 1/2 to 3 tsp. liquid castille soap 1 tsp. tea tree oil Mix ingredients above to store and keep. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a pleasing scent. Toilet Bowl Cleaner 1 cup borax Pour into toilet bowl before going to bed. In the morning, scrub and flush. Rust Remover 1 lime Salt Sprinkle a little salt on the rust. Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is well soaked. Let the mixture set for two to three hours. Use the leftover rind to scrub the residue. Written by Janette A. Glass Cleaner 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar 1 quart warm water Mix ingredients above. Pour into a spray bottle or apply with a sponge. For lint-free results, wipe dry with crumpled newspaper instead of paper towels. Buff to a shine. For more information visit: http://www.webmd.com/health-ehome-9/green-cleaning