Monday, February 2, 2009

Mix It & Make It Yourself

Watching the ads on t.v. & in the newsprint telling us of the "new and improved" household cleaners we just have to have around the house makes me laugh. I really love the ones telling us to buy this and go green in our cleaning. Well here's news for them...the first ones to really go green were our older family members, like our Meemaw's, Great-Aunt's and such. So instead of buying that $3.00+ cleaning solution try these frugal tried and true recipes.

All-Purpose Cleaner
4 Tblsp. baking soda
1 qt. warm water

Mix together until baking soda is dissolved. Pour into a pump spray bottle. Spray area to be cleaned and wipe with a sponge. Rinse with clear water.

Use to clean and deodorize: kitchen, bathroom and bedroom surfaces. Chromium plated fixtures & faucets, refrigerators and freezers.

To increase cleaning strength simply increase the amount of baking soda to the solution.

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Floor Cleaner
1/4 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. baking soda
1 gallon warm water

Mix together in a mop bucket. Mop floor with solution. Rinse mop head completely and mop floor again with clear water to remove any residue. Allow floor to dry.

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 c. or so of baking soda
1 c. or so white vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with white vinegar. Scrub as you normally would using your toilet brush. Flush to rinse. (Amount of soda & vinegar to use will vary on the stain in your bowl.)

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Glass Cleaner
1 qt. water
1/4 c. white vinegar

Combine ingredients in a pump type spray bottle. Spray on glass or mirrors and wipe off with newspaper.

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Drain Opener
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. white vinegar
2 qts. boiling water

Add baking soda then vinegar to drain. Cover tightly and let sit for 15 minutes. Pour the boiling water down the drain. This should clear things right up. If the "clog" persists after adding the water try using the plunger to dislodge it. Repeat solution again if need be.

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Furniture Polish
3 Tblsp. mineral oil
1 Tblsp. olive oil
1 drop lemon juice
Combine all ingredients together and polish furniture as normal.

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Lime & Mineral Deposit Remover

Soak a cloth in white vinegar. apply cloth to lime deposits. Leave cloth on area for about an hour. This will soften deposits and allow for easy cleaning removal.

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Metal Polish
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. white vinegar

Add salt and vinegar together. Swish to dissolve salt. Add enough flour to make a thick paste. Apply paste to area to be cleaned. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse well and dry.

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Ronda said...

The tv exec's think their advertising methods are so wonderful....not! I like you, I started making my own *green* cheap and cheerful cleaning mixture's many, many years ago. Safe, cheap, cheerful, and green.
Luv ur recipe's for these.
Love & prayers,

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

I've been using these same recipes for years ... Mrs. B

Anonymous said...

This is really nice to have thank you for the info.

Debbie J. said...

Thanks for your comment and I will have to return to your blog also. I see some great info on here. I'm honored to have a comment from someone with a recipe in a GBP cookbook too! That deal at Christian was the best I've ever seen on GBPs. Evidently it was part of a set because the one I ordered was #8. It has some great info in it.

hornetpunter said...

Great info, thanks for sharing. Cleaning naturally is the way to go. You can save money, reduce waste, promote a healthy home and prevent watershed pollution. There is a green company that sells a really cool line of spray bottles that have homemade recipes printed on the bottles ( I won a kit of these bottles at our local farmer's market raffle last fall. I kept a couple bottles for myself and gave the rest to friends and family. Vinegar, Borax, lemon juice and a good plant-based liquid soap are all you need!

Young Wife said...

Thanks for sharing these. I really like homemade cleaners because not only do they save you money, but if you're like me and have severe allergies, they don't make you sneeze with synthetic fragrances!