I use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar & water & lemon (I cut up the lemon & shove it in the vinegar jug, then leave it ferment in a dark cool closet for a month before I use it). I use this mix to clean pretty much everything in the house. It's excellent for cutting grease, disinfects & is perfectly safe to use around children & pets. If I need something more abrasive, then I will sprinkle a bit of baking soda then use the vinegar mix to make a paste (like a homemade softscrub) or I'll pull out the pumice stone if it's really bad (like in the toilet, for example). I also make my own laundry detergent (fels naptha, washing soda & borax) & I use white vinegar as my fabric softener. Baking soda can be sprinkled straight onto carpets or upholstery to absorb odors & freshen the fabrics (leave to set for about 30 min & vacuum up).
at 11:09 PM on Jul. 10, 2011