I’m sure you know that there is no need to fill your cupboards with all sorts of commercial cleaners. With just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard you can make many all-purpose cleaners.
When you compare the prices of cleaning products in the stores with the cost of making them at home you’d be surprised at how much you can really save! If you were to add up the toilet cleaner, kitchen cleaner, window cleaner etc. it seems the average clean household requires close to $150 worth of chemical supplies at all times. You can switch to the healthier alternatives sold in the stores but they are also expensive. The best choice for your budget and your health is to make them yourself.
With just several basic products you probably already have in your home you can make a window cleaner that really does get your windows clean! In researching various homemade window cleaners I found there are two main recipes; one uses vinegar and the other ammonia. I’ve been using the one with ammonia, I’ll have to make both and compare!
Window Cleaner #1: This can be made right in your spray bottle. Mix ½ tsp dish detergent, 3 Tbsp vinegar and 2 cups of water. Shake it up and use like any commercial variety.
Window Cleaner #2: This can also be made in your spray bottle. Combine 3 Tbsp ammonia, 1 Tbsp vinegar and fill the rest of the way up with water.
A great all purpose cleaner uses Borax, vinegar and a little dish soap. This does a great job on your counters.
A good all purpose cleaner:
16oz spray bottle
2 Tbsp distilled vinegar
1 tsp borax
water (if you have hard water this needs to be distilled or purified water, otherwise use tap water)
2 Tbsp mild liquid dish soap
Mix the vinegar and borax with 1 cup of hot water until dissolved. Let the mixture cool and then pour into your spray bottle. Add enough water to the bottle leaving just enough room for your dishwashing detergent. Then add the liquid soap.
Perhaps you need a heavy-duty kitchen scrub. This can be used on kitchen sinks, pots and pans, cooktops, tile, tubes and bathroom sinks.
¼ cup natural dish soap
¼ cup baking soda
6 drops clove essential oil
About 3 drops of water.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to the surface using the gritty side of a double sided kitchen sponge; scrub. Wipe up with a wet cloth.
Why does this work? The dish soap cuts the grease and lifts dirt. The baking soda is mildly abrasive so it digs out tough stains and scum. Clove oil is antibacterial plus it smells good!
Do you have a favorite homemade cleaner that you use?