Make Your Own All Natural Green Household Cleaners
I've received several emails requesting more homemade household cleaners. Here's what I printed off and put in my Household Planner for easy reference. I hope this helps and be sure to leave your favorite homemade cleaner in comments.
All Natural Household Cleaning Solutions
by Sandy Shields
Save time and money by trying these simple household cleaners!
Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 quart warm water.
Mix 1 cup vinegar with 2 gallons water.
Glass Coffee Pot Cleaner
Place crushed ice, salt and sliced lemons in pot and swirl till clean.
Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 3/4 cup oil (olive, vegetable, lemon).
Brass, Copper, and Pewter Cleaner
Mix equal parts salt and vinegar, then thicken with flour.
Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water, or use plain baking soda with a wet sponge.
Mix 1/2 cup Borax in 1 gallon hot water.
Mix 3/4 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of cold water.
Clean with rubbing alcohol.
Mix 8 ounces of ammonia with 32 ounces of rubbing alcohol.
Daily Shower Cleaner
1 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap, and 1/4 cup dishwasher rinse agent.
Baking Soda and Vinegar.
Add 1/2 cup baking soda, then pour one cup of vinegar down drain. Let sit for 20 minutes, then flush with water.
Used cold tea for cleaning any kind of woodwork.
Re-use dryer sheets for dusting instead of the new Pledge or Swiffer cloths.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Drop denture cleaning tablet into bowl and let sit.
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on carpet. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Mix 2 tablespoons cream of tartar with 1 quart hot water.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup white vinegar.
Try some of these all natural solutions next time you clean. They are made with products that you probably have on hand, and they are safe to use. I hope that they work as well for you as they have for me!
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The above recipes are eco friendly green recipes.
Here is my two favorite homemade cleaners, (previously posted) not necessarily green though. :)
1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 1/4 cups water
Place in a 16 oz spray bottle.
For streak free mirrors and windows, use newspapers to wipe.
Amy over at Cutting Coupons in KC told me about a recipe for Clorox Anywhere Spray that Michelle from Money Saving Madness had posted. I love this stuff! It’s so easy and CHEAP!
Here’s Michelle’s recipe, and be sure to visit both Amy and Michelle’s blogs. They have wonderful ideas and tips to share.
This product is no secret recipe. It is 99.9% WATER! ~and costs $3.29 or more per bottle. You can make your own with this easy Clorox Anywhere Recipe:
22 oz. Empty Spray Bottle
1 1/2 teaspoons bleach
22 oz. of Water
Add bleach and fill with water, shake to mix.
It's that easy and you'll save so much money never having to buy this product again!
Amy has several other recipes posted on her blog also, so be sure to visit her and let her know your favorites!