I found an excellent homemade cleaner that I love and use on everything. It smells great and cleans up every mess I have tried it on. I keep a pretty container of old kitchen towels and rags in the kitchen. I just grap one for every new mess. I then actually have enough whites to make a full laundry load of whites!!
I found it in the Rodale, “Where Health Meets Life” online blog called “The Nickel Pincher”.
Check out the article “The Nickel Pincher: Spring-Cleaning, Naturally (and Affordably)”
Almost Everything Cleaner Taken from The Nickel Pincher with a few of my own notes
2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda (not baking soda)
4 tablespoons vinegar (I use white)
½ teaspoon natural liquid soap
¼ teaspoon tea tree oil
8 drops rosemary oil
8 drops tangerine oil
8 drops lavender oil
Dissolve borax and washing soda (you’ll find both in the laundry boosters section of the supermarket) into 2 cups very hot water, strain the mixture through a very fine sieve (I use a paper towel inside of my funnel), and funnel into a 1-quart spray bottle (or pour in slowly, leaving behind any undissolved powder). Add the rest of the ingredients (you can find essential oils at a health-food store or for a lot less online) and shake to blend. Top off with more hot water and shake again.
This spray cuts through even the greasiest grime, and the essential oils help chase away germs and odors while leaving behind a delightful (and healthy) fragrance. The ingredients will cost you a bit more up front than buying a bottle of ready-made cleaner would, but in the long run they will make dozens of bottles of cleaner, costing far less per bottle.
To use, spray onto any hard surface, scrub as needed with the rough side of a kitchen sponge (give really yucky areas an extra squirt and a few extra minutes to soften before sponging), and wipe off dirt and cleaner with a dry cotton cleaning cloth. Toss the cleaning cloth (I use cloths cut from old terrycloth towels) in the wash basket when you’re done.