As opposed to products filled with human-made chemicals, plant-based Pack-It Cubes EagleCreek.com | $28 cleaners are definitely an improvement when it comes to health. But you Packing cubes help make packing simple may need a bit more elbow grease, or knowledge about how use them. and to easy. You can roll Easy Packing LINDA MASON HUNTER, AUTHOR OF 'GREEN CLEAN' and compress sweaters, pants and shirts, and pack undergarments, socks, scarves, ties, belts and electronic cords in smaller cubes to keep it all organized. as hydrogen peroxide. She also advocates searching for products that leave specific ingredients out, like added scents. Those options are usually labeled “unscented” or “free and clear.” “When we look for a product for child cares and schools, we look for a prod-uct that doesn’t have any added scents or dyes, because we don’t know who could be at risk for asthma or other respiratory issues,” she says. It can still be tricky. Experts caution that green cleaning products at the store won’t fix all problems — something unscented might still come with harmful chemicals, for example. But exploring those options is a great start. “I think if you start looking at some of the greener products and start trying them, at least that’s a step in the right direction,” Reichert says. HOMEBREW Soft Scrub (From Linda Mason Hunter) Mix one-half cup baking soda with liquid castile soap to form a paste. Apply it with a toothbrush to anywhere you normally use a soft scrub, such as the bathtub or sink. It can also be used as a scouring powder. Mason Hunter says the scrub is "easy to make, won’t redden your hands, and works better than commercial products." Daily Counter Cleanser (from 'The Joy of Green Cleaning' by Leslie Reichert) Mix one cup white vinegar, one cup water, and eight drops essential oil in lemon scent. To make the mixture stronger, heat in the microwave. Pour into a spray bottle. Avoid use on sealed granite, marble or other sealed-stone counter tops. GREEN CLEANING RESOURCES For more information about ingredients, product rankings and safety tips, visit these sites: Environmental Working Group EWG.org Safer Choice program EPA.Gov/SaferChoice Dishwasher Powder (from 'The Joy of Green Cleaning' by Leslie Reichert) Mix one-quarter cup of citric acid (Tang drink mix or one package Kool-Aid unsweetened lemonade) with 1 1/2 cups borax, five drops castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil for fragrance. Store in an airtight container and use up to one-quarter cup per load of dishes.