I start with baking soda and work my way up to more aggressive products. You can also try my green cleaning scrub recipe:
Green Cleaning Scrub
1 cup baking soda
1 cup oxygen bleach or borax
1 cup table salt
10 drops essential oils
Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the essential oils. Mix thoroughly and place in an airtight container.
Question 2 What are some ways to keep my home cooler this summer? I want to "summer-ize" my home in a green way.
Open you windows at night to let the cool air in. Close them in the morning before the temperature starts to rise
Keep curtains closed so the sunlight does not warm up the temperature inside. You can use reflective curtains to help keep the heat out, just like we use in the winter to keep the heat in.
If you are using an air conditioner, keep the temperature set at a comfortable temperature and leave it there. You spend more energy turning it off and on as the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the room down once it's heated up.
Try keeping doors closed to rooms that don't need to be air conditioned.
Use room fans to keep the cool air circulating. Some rooms stay cooler than others, but by placing a fan in the doorway you can move the cool air to another room.
Use a dehumidifier in rooms other than the basement. An air conditioner is partly a dehumidifier, so by using one in the upstairs rooms, the air will feel cooler.
Install ceiling fans in all your rooms if you can.
Wear cool clothing made from cotton or other light fabrics.
Don't use the stove or oven during the day. Plan meals so that you can cook them when it's cool. Use your grill outside when you want to make some thing hot. The stove and oven will heat up the kitchen and make it hard to get cool again.
Switch out your light bulbs so that they are not producing heat when they are on.
Switch your bedding to a nice fabric like cotton to absorb sweat and keep your body cool at night. Use a pillow that does not contain foam, but instead is make of buckwheat or bamboo. There are also some new "cool-gel" pillows designed to keep you cool at night. Some people even spray their sheet with a light mist of iced water scented with lavender to keep them cool while sleeping.
Drink lots of ice water during the day. The ice will work to keep your body temperature lower and keep you cooler.