While I have not fully embraced the idea of green cleaning, I am currently experimenting with a few homemade cleaning recipes. Right now, the only one I am using on a regular basis is an all purpose cleaner. I have to use it with the windows open or my husband has a fit (he hates vinegar!)
Mix into a spray bottle:
1 C white vinegar
3 C water
enough essential oils to mask the vinegar smell (!)
I used a combination of bergamot and lemongrass (2 of my faves!)
A few sprays onto the counter or the sink and it wipes up nicely with a rag. You could probably also use paper towel, but I don't like paper towel or paper napkins and have not used either for many years. I cut up old clothes, towels, whatever to make up my rags.
The only thing I don't like this for really is cleaning my cooktop. Baked on messes are best cleaned with a paste of baking soda and water - leave it for about 15 minutes or so and then rub with a wet rag. The ick comes off but the baking soda will often leave a residue that you want to rinse again. I will occasionally go ahead and use some of the all purpose cleaner above but find that i often have to go back over with a microfiber cloth to get the streaks off my glass cooktop.
If anyone has green cleaning tips that they love, please share! I will try them out and post about my experience!