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A great way to begin sustainable living is to purchase or make natural cleaning products. Natural cleaning products clean, disinfect and deodorize the same way conventional cleaning products do except they use natural substances to accomplish this task instead of harmful chemicals and they are environmentally friendly. Natural cleaning products are readily available in most stores these days if you choose to purchase them. Be sure to look and see what the ingredients are instead of just looking at the front label. Some natural ingredients include baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), borax, cornstarch, lemon juice, mineral oil, vinegar and washing soda (sodium carbonate decahydrate). Some natural cleaning products are plant or vegetable based. If you choose to make your own, you will want to have the above items on hand as well as some pure essential oils if you wish to scent your homemade natural cleaning products. Another advantage of natural cleaning products is that they don't leave harmful chemicals behind. Approximately forty pounds of toxic chemicals are saved from the environment every time a single household switches to natural cleaning products. When purchasing scented natural cleaning products make sure the scent is from a plant or an essential oil, not a fragrance oil. Fragrance oils are not plant based and numerous chemicals are used in the making of the fragrance, as well as in the product, to get the scent to remain. Even if you use a house cleaning service you can find ones that will use natural cleaning products and who believe in sustainable living.