Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Cleaning Supplies

There are so many cleaning supplies on the market today and I really like some of them. But, it is nice to be able to make your own and save money. I got this information out of one of my homemaking books and I thought you might enjoy it too. The following ingredients, most of them you probably already have are all you will need to make virtually any cleaning product you need.

  • Baking Soda
  • Borax Powder
  • Clear liquid dish soap, such as Ivory
  • Club Soda
  • Salt
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • regular tea bags
  • White Vinegar
To Make An All Purpose Cleaner: all you need to do is mix 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1 tspn of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon each of borax and baking soda. You can keep this in a spray bottle and make sure you shake it before each use.

To Remove Stains: from clothing and carpet, simply use club soda. Just blot the surface that has been soiled saturate the stain with club soda and blot with a clean rag. Continue this process until the stain is gone.

To Have Spot Free Dishes: In a lidded container keep the following 1 cup of borax mixed with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Add 1 tspn to each load that you run in your dishwasher, along with your regular cleaner.

Shower Cleaner:  Heat full strength vinegar on the stove until it is warm. Place in a spray bottle. Spray your showers down, rub with sponge and rinse well.

Sink Cleaner:  Make a past with equal part salt and baking soda, scrub well and rinse with water. To give the drain a good cleaning pour a good amount of baking soda down the drain and the follow with a little vinegar. Watch it work its magic.

Window Cleaner:  All you need is a solution of 1/3 cup white vinegar to a quart of warm water. Put into a spray bottle and spray.

Floor Cleaner:  for vinyl you would use 1 tblspn of borax to 1 gallon of warm water. For hardwood brew two tea bags in a quart of water. Let cool until slightly warm. Using a mop or a sponge clean the floor and wipe with a clean cloth.

Furniture Polish: This is for real wood surfaces, mix a 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 3/4 cup of olive oil. Wipe onto surface with one cloth and then wipe off with another clean cloth.

There you have it. These are really simple and cheap might I add. Not to mention they are not harmful to your health in any way. I hope you can use some of these tips around your home.

Until Next Time,
Amy Jo

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing all the homemade recipes for cleaning! The're the best! I have been making my own window cleaner for a long time and now my own laundry detergent!


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