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By Lindsay Coulter, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green

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Rid your home of the petroleum-based ingredients and chemicals found in most cleaning products by making your own. Here are a few of the Queen of Green's favourite ingredients. They're versatile, affordable, and eco-friendly.

BAKING SODA: an excellent non-toxic and food-grade ingredient. Well-known for its deodorizing properties, it also tackles dirt and grease. Add half a cup to your wash and boost your whites!

WHITE VINEGAR: also known as acetic acid, it's a great disinfectant and deodorizer. Fill the rinse agent dispenser of your dishwasher with plain white vinegar. Works like magic.

LEMON: a mild acid, lemon juice is known for its bleaching, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties. Cut a lemon in half and rub it on a dirty cutting board, then wipe clean. Take the other half, place it in a bowl and microwave for one minute. Use this lemon to rub down the inside of your microwave. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe clean.

See the chart above for more ingredient properties. Download all nine green cleaning recipes.

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