Sure, you could buy expensive cleaning products full of scary-sounding chemicals. Or you could make your own at home. Here are five simple recipes for everyday cleaners that are easy, cheap and free of ingredients you can't pronounce.

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Soap Flakes + Borax + Washing Soda = Laundry Detergent

Combine half a cup of soap flakes or grated bar soap (without artificial fragrances and moisturizers) with half a cup of borax and half a cup of sodium carbonate (aka washing soda like Arm & Hammer). Store in a jar with an airtight lid. Use 1 tablespoon per load.

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Vodka + Essential Oil = Air Freshener

Fill a spray bottle with vodka (the ethyl alcohol in the spirit is a main ingredient in commercial air fresheners) and add 20 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil for scent. Shake, then spray. Don?t worry: The booze smell disappears as the liquid dries.

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Washing Soda + Borax + Vinegar + Essential Oil = All-Purpose Cleaner

Pour 1 teaspoon washing soda, 2 teaspoons borax, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, 2 ½ cups hot water, 5 drops of lavender oil and 7 drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle. Shake well. Add ¼ cup of liquid castile soap and shake again.

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Baking Soda + Tea Tree Oil + Vinegar = Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Sprinkle a half a cup baking soda into the toilet bowl, add 10 drops of tea-tree oil and a splash of distilled white vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes, scrub and flush.

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Vinegar + Lemon Juice + Water = Glass Cleaner

Combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 quart of water. Add a touch of lemon juice for a citrusy scent if desired. Spray and wipe.

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