Make an all-purpose cleaner for counters, tile, appliances and walls by mixing together 1 teaspoon vegetable-oil soap and the juice from half a lemon into 1 quart of warm water. Apply the mixture with a sponge or pour it into a spray bottle.
Avoid harsh ammonia glass cleaners with a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 4 1/2 cups water. Pour the homemade cleaner into a spray bottle and use it as you would store-bought glass cleaner.
Scrub your tubs, sinks and appliances with a non-abrasive cleaner to avoid scratches. Mix baking soda and liquid dish detergent to form a pudding-like consistency. Rub the cleaner onto your delicate surfaces and rinse it away with warm water.
Kill mold and mildew with a mixture of 2 teaspoons tea tree oil and 2 cups of water. Spray the mixture directly onto mold and do not rinse.
Clean floors with a mixture of 1/8 cup washing soda, 1 tablespoon vegetable-oil soap, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 gallons warm water. Apply this homemade cleaner with a well wrung-out mop. Rinsing is not necessary.
Scrub away baked-on grease from pots and pans with a mixture of 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt and just enough water to render a paste-like consistency. Rinse away the cleaner with hot water when the pans are clean.