If you are like many people, you try and avoid using harsh chemicals to keep your home clean. However, rising prices and a struggling economy can make it difficult to afford the “green” cleaners with the higher price tag. You may find yourself buying affordable cleaners that contain potentially dangerous chemicals. While this may not be your first choice of cleaning, you need a clean home, right? Fortunately, there are better alternatives for cleaning products than the ones filled with harsh, dangerous chemicals.

If you need an all-purpose cleaner, try mixing some common, household items to create a cleaner that is safe and works. Borax, vinegar, and washing soda are much safer than many of the cleaning products on the market. Mixed with hot water and castile soap, you can create an all-purpose cleaner for everyday use.

Vinegar and water mixed in equal parts will also create a safe, efficient cleaner.

Microfiber cloths are a great alternative to chemical cleaners. These cloths work without the use of any cleaner and trap dirt, grease and grime within the fibers. You can always add a touch of water for those hard-to-clean areas.

If you need a carpet cleaner, break out the borax, salt and vinegar. A quarter of a cup of each will create a paste that you can rub into the carpet. Let it sit for a few hours and vacuum.

Baking soda is a good way to deodorize your carpet, as well as your refrigerator.

If you need a disinfectant, borax and water will serve the purpose.

Baking soda, vinegar and boiling water work well for breaking up clogs in your drains.

Vinegar can be used as a rinse aid for your dishwasher, as well as a fabric softener in your washing machine.

Instead of spraying air-fresheners in each room, add a box of baking soda in a discreet area to absorb odor. You can also use flowers and herbs to create various scents.