There are 8 main ingredients that you need to make your own money saving Homemade Cleaning Products.  They can be mixed and matched in many different ways.

  1.  Baking Soda
  2. Borax
  3. Distilled White Vinegar or a white apple cider.
  4. Lemons or Lemon Juice
  5. Olive Oil (Any)
  6. Vegetable based Castile Soap
  7. Washing Soda

 

These are the basis of your frugal cleaning regime.

 

Time to Clean!

You can always experiment and see what works best for you.  Different measurements and proportions are to your desire.
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Homemade Cleaning Products

All-Purpose Cleaners

* Use 2 tablespoons of Borax mixed with 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle for an all-purpose cleaner.

*With some paper towels and one of the many choice ingredients mixed with water, make your own disinfectant wipes.

*Combine one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle.  You can use this on almost anything but do not use it on granite or limestone!

*You can also mix in some rubbing alcohol with vinegar and water.

*Mix together 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/ cup vinegar and 4 litres of water for a general household cleaner.

*Combine 1/2 teaspoon of washing soap with a dab of liquid dish soap and 2 cups of hot water.  Shake until washing soda has dissolved for an all purpose cleaner.

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Bathroom Cleaners

 *  For a cleaner bathtub, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough liquid dish soap.
*  Pour 1/4 cup of full strength chlorine bleach into the toilet bowl and swish around with toilet brush and flush.
*  To clean inside the shower, shower curtain, tiles and grout, dilute 3/4 cup chlorine in 4 litres of water and scrub.  Rinse thoroughly.
*  For rust stains and hard water deposits, apply full strength vinegar or lemon juice and let it stand until spot disappears.  Rinse and repeat if you need to.

 

Glass Cleaners

*  Mix together 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.  Clean windows and mirrors with good quality paper towel.

 

Floor Cleaners

* Remove scuff marks with a solution of 1/2 cup baking soda and a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a clean and sparkling floor.

* For rugs and upholstery, sprinkle corn meal, baking soda or corn starch on dry area and vacuum.

*For a carpet cleaning foam, mix together 1/4 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap and 3 tablespoons or more of water. Whip these in a bowl with an egg beater and rub into problem area of a rug. When finished, rinse well with water.

*This no-rinse homemade floor cleaner is easy to make right in your kitchen sink. Fill a bucket with hot water and pour in 1/4 cup or white vinegar. Then add 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Try this on ceramic tile, vinyl, laminate and hardwood floors.

*For heavy-duty messes like juice spills, ground-in grease, etc., fill a bucket with hot water and pour in 1/2 cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap and 15 drops of essential oil. To increase deodorizing and scrubbing powers, stir in a 1/4 cup of baking soda. Rinse floors after using!

Kitchen Cleaners

*Sprinkle a sponge with a clean, damp sponge or cloth and wipe kitchen surfaces clean. You could also mix 5 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of hot water until the baking soda dissolves. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and use on counter tops

*To clean your oven, sprinkle water on the oven bottom and add baking soda. After letting this sit overnight, wipe off and apply vegetable oil based liquid soap. Scrub oven clean and then rinse.

*For an oven cleaner in a spray bottle, combine 2 tablespoons vegetable oil soap and 2 tablespoons borax with warm water. Spray this mixture on the oven and leave on for 20 minutes before scrubbing.

*Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water for an exterior and interior refrigerator cleaner.

*Microwave a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl on high for about 3 minutes. Let it sit for 3 minutes, then you’ll be able to wipe down the walls with a clean, wet sponge. The steam will soften the spills inside and the vinegar will cut through the grease and deodorize. Dry with a clean cloth.

 

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