FABULESSLY FRUGAL FRIDAY: Making Your Own Cleaner
I originally posted this last year, but recently got into a discussion with some friends about making your own household cleaners. I was surprised at how many of my friends made their cleaners from scratch.
I know we can often find cleaners for cheap or even free, but they all contain chemicals that are so harsh! And if any of you have a sensitive-skinned child like I do, finding a gentle alternative is important. Here are our NEW >>>> recipes for homemade cleaners <<<< that work like a charm. As a bonus, these cleaners are also environmentally friendly!
Mix equal parts water & white vinegar in a spray bottle. Mix well.
Why This Works
The acetic acid in vinegar kills viruses, germs, bacteria and mold. It also dissolves tough mineral deposits and stains like those found in sinks, toilets and tubs. This mixture can also be used as a cleaning solution in steam cleaners for carpets.
1. Do not use on marble
2. Test on a small area before using on finished wood surfaces or tile
Scented All-purpose Cleaner
1/4 cup of dish washing soap
1/4 cup of white vinegar
2 tsp of Borax
3 1/2 cups of hot water
Lemon or citrus essential oil (5-6 drops or more)
This can be used in every room of the house!
Homemade Spot Remover
Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the carpet stain with an old toothbrush, or something similar. Allow the paste to dry; then vacuum up the baking soda, and the stain should be gone.
You can also sprinkle baking soda directly on carpet, let sit for 15 minutes and vacuum up to eliminate carpet odors.
Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.
1. Test on a small area before using on the entire carpet
2. As with any cleaner, you should avoid all contact with the eyes and prolonged contact with the skin
Furniture Polish Recipe
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
1. Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl or spray bottle.
2. Use a clean cloth to rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture.
3. Wipe dry with another cloth.
Tips and Warnings
1. Do not reuse spray bottles that have contained other chemicals
2. Shake before each use to recombine ingredients
3. Cheap olive oil works just as well as more expensive grades
4. Smaller batches can be made, if you prefer to use fresh polish each time you dust – just maintain the ratio found in the recipes
Replace that bulky bleach jug with something better: a lemon.
To Whiten Clothes:
Add a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle to boost the whitening action of your laundry detergent.
To Remove Stains From Clothing:
Pour lemon juice over the stain. Then, rub the area with salt; and place the garment out in the sun for several hours. Wash as usual.
To Remove Stains From Countertops and Other Hard Surfaces:
Create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Then, apply the mixture to the stain, and allow it to sit for several hours. Wipe clean, and the stain should be gone.
Note: Some stains may require a second treatment.
Rub half of a lemon over the surface that needs to be sanitized, or apply lemon juice straight from the bottle. Then, rinse with water.
Tips and Warnings:
1. Do not clean marble surfaces with lemon. This can lead to etching.
2. Use a paste of lemon juice and baking soda to remove stains from plastic storage containers.
We have some FAB NEW recipes for homemade cleaners. Do you have any that pack an all-natural punch?