Monday, September 14, 2009

Make Your Own
Household Cleaners!

With the economy as it is, everyone is looking for ways to save a little money these days! Here a few recipes to make your own household cleaners with everyday ingredients you already have around the house! They are less expensive than commercially made cleaners, and most are environmentally friendly!

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water, put into a spray bottle. Use this for cleaning non-wood, hard surfaces, and tile.

Wood-Furniture Polish

Mix 1 cup of olive oil with ½ cup of lemon juice. Rub a small amount on wood with a soft cloth to polish wood. Store in sealed container.


6 teaspoons light olive oil
3 cups distilled white vinegar

Pour the oil and vinegar into a 1-quart spray bottle. Blend well.
Spray the cleaner onto wood, wipe over with a damp cloth, and finish drying with a clean, lint-free cloth.
(Note: Use this cleaner only on sealed wood.)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar.

Tub/Sink Cleaner

Use baking soda as a scouring powder. Add a little bit of water to some baking soda to form a paste. Paint the paste onto the area you need to clean, and let sit for a half hour, then scrub it off, and re-scour with dry baking soda.

Glass/Mirror Cleaner

Mix together 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Pour into a spray bottle


Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle (I use old pump hairspray bottles).
Note: I use old newspapers instead of paper towels to wash my windows for a streak free shine!


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