Commercial cleaning products, while incredibly popular and easy to use, can be harmful to our bodies, homes and the environment. A more healthy — and less expensive — option is to make your own.

This website has many uses for vinegar, from cleaning the kitchen and bathroom to using it in your garden to kill weeds.

Another website is devoted to natural “recipes” for cleaning products, which call for ingredients such as borax, glycerin, and essential oils. Although these cleaning solutions are natural, some ingredients, such as tea tree oil, which can be used as an antiseptic, can still be harmful if ingested.

Even though it’s easier to buy commercial cleaning products, aren’t the long term effects more important? How long could it possibly take to mix up a batch of all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, water, and a few drops of a good smelling essential oil? ☮