Proverbsmama's cleaning recipes
How To Make Your Own Cleaning Solutions
This article will show you how to make your own cleaning solutions, for cleaning everything in your house. With the below homemade cleaning products, you can disinfect, shine, and clean your home, while saving money.
What you'll need
* white vinegar
* rubbing alcohol
* baking soda
* olive oil
* lemon juice
* liquid bleach
* three clean, empty, spray bottles
* a sealable container (this container only needs to be able to fit a couple of cups of liquid in it, hence, can be small.)
For cleaning surfaces and tiles (non-wood surfaces)
Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water, and put into a spray bottle. Label that bottle "all purpose cleaner".
For polishing wood surfaces and furniture
Mix 1 cup of olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Keep in a sealed container, labeled "furniture polish."
For cleaning the toilets
Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar, and label it "toilet bowl cleaner."
For cleaning sinks and tubs
Use baking soda as a scouring powder. For hard to clean sinks and tubs, 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.
For cleaning mirrors, TV/computer screens, and glass
Mix together 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle, and label it "glass cleaner."
For scrubbing hard floors
Fill mop bucket with steaming hot water, and add some liquid bleach. Read the dilution instructions on your bottle of bleach, to find out how much bleach to put into the bucket. (When you mop, open a few windows, to limit bleach fumes.)
For spot-cleaning carpets
Pour some undiluted rubbing alcohol on the spot, and rub with a wash cloth.
Using just the above, you now have all the cleaning solutions you need, to clean your whole house.
Simple easy cleaner uppers (cleaning wipes)
Making the product
Tips and suggestions
For quick cleanups I make these cleaner containers. They're fun, no mess, and OLDER kids (notice I stressed older because these cleaners are toxic if ingested) love to use them, too! They save money, time and waste.
NOTE: Buy Ziploc or Glad disposable and reusable containers and a roll of "Select-A-Size" paper towels for this project.
For window cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, bleaching, degrease cleaners:
For all recipes:
Take about 30 paper towels and fold individually into squares. Place them into the container. Pour the bottle of cleaner using just enough to wet all the towels, but not saturating them. Seal the container.
When you're ready to clean, just remove a paper towel, wipe the area, then dispose of the towel.
For bleaching only:
Add one part bleach to 4 parts water.
For furniture polishing:
I pour Liquid Gold's furniture cleaner (the liquid soap kind) into the container with the paper towels.
For Just Soap:
Use 1 part soap and 4 parts water for washing items with just soap. follow the paper towel and container instructions above.
WOOD FLOOR POLISH
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.
1 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours, and scrub.
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/4 c baking soda
2 tbs ammonia
3 cups water
stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on heavily soiled spots just before washing. (test a hidden spot for colorfastness first)
2 cups cold water
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
1. Place baking soda in LARGE bowl and pour vinegar over it; while it's bubbling, pour cold water in and mix.
2. Store in sealed container and shake before using to combine all ingredients.
3. Add 1/4 cup of mixture during the last rinse cycle (I use a downy ball and put it in at the beginning). This stuff is WONDERFUL!
Liquid Laundry Soap
3 Pints Water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 Gallon bucket to mix it in
1 Quart hot water
Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.
NOTE: This will not make lots of bubbles! the detergent you buy in the store has a sudsing agent added to make the bubbles. You can find the Fels Naptha soap in the laundry isle at Wal Mart. If you can't find it you can use Ivory or the soap you like. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to make a fragrant laundry soap.
THIS STUFF IS WONDERFUL! I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO STORE-BOUGHT LAUNDRY SOAP!
Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup 20 mule team borax
Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light loads, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 2 tablespoons.
Grandma's cleaning spray
For kitchen counter tops, spills, etc. She even used it on my couch to take out a stain.
Bottle of Ammonia (not sure of size-not the itty bitty small one but the standard one, usually around 88 cents).
Bottle of rubbing alcohol.
She would pour the two into an empty milk or water jug. Fill the rest of the way to the top with water. This was her concentrate. Then she would fill her spray bottle about 1/4 to 1/3 full and fill that bottle to the top with water.
Aromatic Vanilla Air Freshener Recipe
1/4 c. baking soda
4 c. warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Eucalyptus essential oil Combine baking soda, vanilla extract and essential oil in a spray bottle. Slowly pour warm water into bottle, stirring gently. To use, set the spray bottle on mist, and spray.
Hand Sanitizing Gel Recipe
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup grain alcohol
10 drops fragrance oil
1 drop food coloring
Combine ingredients and shake well. Store in a spray pump bottle to use.
Wrinkle Release Spray:
1 teaspoon liquid fabric softener
1. Fill the bottle with distilled water.
2. Add liquid fabric softener.
3. Lightly mist the wrinkles on the garment from about 8 inches away until slightly damp.
4. Smooth wrinkles and hang garment until it's dry.
Homemade Oxygen Cleaner
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
Foaming hand soap
Buy a nice dishwashing soap. Rinse out your empty foaming container. Rinse container with warm water.
Add about 1/8 dish soap or less to about 7/8 warm water. Don't shake. Tip it to mix. It should pump just great and foamy.
If you get air bubbles or no foam, your mixture is too thick. Simply empty and start again and experiment with what works for you.
For no-foaming soap, fill a regular hand pump bottle 2/3 full with the dish soap and 1/3 with warm water. You can wash your hands and do dishes with this.
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