Keeping your house clean is something everyone finds important. Chemical cleaners are found in grocery stores everywhere, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best for your house or your family. Keeping chemicals out of your house is a great way to go green. Many organic cleaners are also cheaper- they’re products you already have in your kitchen cabinet! So before you spray down the counter with cleaner, take a look at some more eco and family friendly options.

Before heading out to buy cleaning products, make a list of what you already have. Do you store baking soda, cornstarch, vinegar or lemon juice in your kitchen? These all double as cleaners! Here are some examples:

*Vinegar works great against mold, use a diluted mixture of vinegar and water on a regular basis to keep mold at bay.

*For mildew in books, sprinkle cornstarch onto the pages and let it sit for a few hours before shaking clean.

* It’s important to keep cutting boards clean, wipe them down with vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. This works also with counters.

* Do you have clogged drains? Pour ½ cup of baking soda, and one cup of vinegar down the drain on a weekly basis.

* Instead of buying air fresheners try 1tsp of tea tree oil and 1 cup of water combined in a spritzer bottle.

If you’re looking for homegrown cleaning tips look not further than your parents or grandparents. They didn’t have the endless options of chemical cleaners available to us now, and can provide some great tips that’ll also be eco-friendly!