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Homemade Cleaning Recipes
People looking for new ideas to stretch the home budget, consider making home
cleaning products. Homemade cleaning products that are non toxic, cost less than
purchased products and are safe and effective.
Proof? It takes only 6 ingredients, 1 non-scratch scrubbing pad and about $35 to equal
one sparkling house!
Baking Soda ($3.79)
Borax ($5.90)
White Vinegar ($8.69)
Lemon juice (backyard)
Liquid Soap – like Dr. Bronner’s($9.50)
Vegetable or Olive oil ($5.69)
Non-scratch scrubber pads ($3.09)
The following provides some useful recipes to replace common household cleaners with
non-toxic alternatives.
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All Purpose Cleaners
Mix any of the recipes below and dispense from spray bottle:
All Purpose Cleaner: 1 tsp. borax, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 2 Tbls. vinegar or lemon juice,
1/4 to 1/2 tsp liquid soap, 2 cups very hot tap water.
Baking Soda: Dissolve 4 Tbls. baking soda in 1 qt. warm water.*works great for getting
stains out of the coffee pot
Scouring Cleansers
for sinks, counters, and surfaces
Baking soda or Borax: on their own can be stored in a jar with holes punched in the
lid. Sprinkle on countertops or in sinks and use as you would with a regular cleanser.
Salt: is an abrasive that can be used to clean countertops or sinks. *add bit of lemon as
a discinfectant
Bacteria, Mold, and Germs:
Vinegar: To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop,
wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use.
Borax and Vinegar: Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and borax will banish mold
and mildew from hard surfaces.
Borax Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl and let it sit for a
few hours before scrubbing to eliminate stains and odor.
Window Cleaner
White vinegar: Wash windows with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and warm
water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle water generously over bottom of oven. Cover grime with baking
soda. Let sit overnight. Wipe up grease next morning with scouring pad. Rinse well.
Salt: Pour on fresh grease spills. Scrub off after a few hours.
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Furniture Polish:
Wood Polish: 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice. Mix the
ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.
Floor Cleaners:
Vinegar and Water: Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1/2 gallon of water and mop. No
need to rinse. Wipe dry.
Wood Floor Soap: 1/8 cup vegetable oil based soap (like Dr. Bonner’s), 1/4 to 1/2 cup
vinegar or lemon juice, 1/2 cup fragrant herb tea (peppermint is good for its antibacterial
qualities), 2 gallons warm water. Combine ingredients in a pail and mix until sudsy.
Wash floors as usual.
Remove Carpet Odors
Baking Soda: Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long
as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of
baking soda, and vacuum up the rest.
Drain Cleaner:
Baking Soda and Vinegar: Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda in and around
the drain opening. Follow with a cup of white vinegar. Repeat if needed, and finally flush
with very hot water.
Laundry Products:
Baking soda: 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda to wash load boosts the cleaning power,
makes clothes feel soft and smell fresh. *Works great for towels!
I know there are so many other fabulous homemade cleaning recipes to compliment this
list. What is your favorite homemade cleaning product recipe? And if you don’t use
them now, what keeps you from using homemade cleaning products that can save you
oodles of money?