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Friday, August 26, 2011
Homemade Cleaning Products
Why Baking Soda?
Baking soda isn't just for baking! It's also a great deodorizer. Think of the commercials advertising the baking soda boxes for your fridge - they help absorb the smell! When you mix it with a little water, it creates a great paste which will remove all sorts of grime, scum, hard water, etc. No need to use harsh scouring clearners.
My favorite all-purpose cleaner is made with very simple, household ingredients. I use this to clean everything - the kitchen counters, stovetop, our tile floors, the bathroom counters and mirrors, and even the walls and anything else that I need to clean. It's non-abrasive, so it isn't going to scratch any delicate surfaces and I don't hesitate to spray it on.
1/2 c white vinegar
1 tsp Dawn dish soap
Add vinegar and Dawn to an empty spray bottle (about 20-26oz) and then fill with water. Gently shake to mix ingredients. You'll probably see some suds at first, but you won't be spraying suds on everything.
If you're looking for a replacement for your basic anti-bacterial spray and don't want to use vinegar, you can also use the following mixture:
1/2 c Bleach
Pour bleach into a spray bottle (about 20-26oz) and then fill the bottle with water.
Here are a few other mixtures that I use...
1 c Rubbing Alcohol (the isopropyl stuff)
1 tbsp white vinegar
Mix in a spray bottle and you'll have a streak free shine better than Windex
1 c Olive Oil
1/2 c Lemon Juice (the real stuff, not the extract)
Mix well and apply to a cloth, then rub onto your furniture. Use a dry area of your rag to shine.
There are a lot of recipes for homemade cleaning products out there. What are your favorites? Has anyone tried making their own laundry detergent? It's something I'd like to try but I've been a little hesitant. I'd love to hear about the homemade products you use!!