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July 23, 2009

Homemade Cleaning Products

Scarecrow posted this on Ontario Preppers Network and it is too good to pass up. These are recipes to create your own home cleaning products. Most store bought cleaners are over-priced bottles of chemicals which can be replaced by a vinegar solution cleaner. These homemade cleaners will save you lots of money in the long run; I'm sure most people would be surprised to see how much they spend on cleaning products each year if you totaled it all up.

Laundry Detergent
1 bar white soap, finely grated
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Use 1-2 tablespoons for each load.

Everyday Surface Cleaner (works on anything)
1 part water
1 part vinegar
Combine in spray bottle

Heavy Duty Surface Cleaner (for grimy messes)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1 tsp borax
10 drops orange essential oil (optional)
5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients in spray bottle, spray on mess and wipe away.

Glass Cleaner
1/2 cup ammonia
2 cups rubbing alcohol
1 tsp dish washing liquid
Mix ammonia and rubbing alcohol in a 1 gallon container. Fill almost to the top with water. Add Dish washing liquid and mix. Top off with water if needed.

Carpet Cleaner (test a small area first)
1 part laundry detergent
2 parts hot water
Scrub into carpets and let dry completely - Vacuum.

Floor cleaner
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 gallon hot water
Combine ingredients. Mop or sponge onto floor. Use towels to dry floor immediately.

Toilet Cleaner
Sprinkle with baking soda and lemon juice
Let sit about 10 minutes and scrub with a toilet brush

Oven Cleaner
1 tsp liquid dish soap
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp bleach
1 qt warm water
Mix all ingredients, spread over oven surfaces. Allow mixture to sit for 45 minutes. Scrub and rinse well.

Bathtub Stains
2 lemons
1/4 can cream of tartar
Wet surface. Sprinkle with cream of tarter. Rub with cut surface of lemon.

Laundry Pretreatment
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup laundry detergent
Combine all ingredients, mix in spray bottle. Let mixture soak into clothes for 5 minutes, then wash as usual.