I enjoy cleaning and making everything sparkle in my house. However, I always disliked cleaning the bathroom not because of the actual cleaning part but because of the awful cleaners I thought I had to use to get the bathroom clean. They would make me cough, irritate my nose, and give me a slight headache. What was I using, you may ask, that would cause such a reaction? Just your average bathroom cleaner. As I started becoming more educated about cleaners and reading more labels, I realized there was a reason that I hated those cleaners so much. They are full of horrid chemicals that have been linked to many illnesses and diseases. Did you know that there are 63 synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals (source )? Yuck. I would like to avoid as much harmful stuff in my house as possible so I opt to make my own cleaners. This one is quick to mix up, doesn’t take many ingredients, and is a very frugal option, costing much less than a bottle of regular cleaner from the store. ”So, it’s green,” you might say, “but does it actually clean anything?” Yes! Vinegar has been cited in studies to kill 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (source) and tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties. I love it! Smells like essential oils, cleans great, and is easy on my wallet. I use it mostly in the bathroom but it also works well as a kitchen counter spray and floor cleaner.