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Frugal Living: All Purpose Homemade Cleaners

Posted: 09/21/10 4:00 PM (Modified: 09/21/10 4:00 PM)

There has been a huge interest lately on saving money by making your own laundry soap (I talked about this in a previous post) and other household cleaners.  I decided to do a series of posts featuring different kinds of cleaners you can make at home.

Some of these will save you a ton of money over buying pre-made cleaners while others give you a natural alternative with no chemicals.  Check out our list and give the ones that interest you a try.  Post in the comments and let me know what you like to use.

Stay tuned for posts on homemade kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, floor cleaners and laundry soaps.

{All-Purpose Cleaner}

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp ammonia
1 tsp dish detergent
2 cups rubbing alcohol
4 drops food coloring (optional)
A few drops of essential oil for a pleasant scent (optional)
Gallon-sized container

Instructions: Place all ingredients into container. Fill rest of the container up with hot water.  Mix and pour into empty spray bottle.

{Spray bottle All-purpose Cleaner (Make it right in the spray bottle)}

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon Borax
A few drops of dish detergent
A few drops of essential oils (optional)
Hot water

Instructions: Place borax and hot water in the bottle, leaving enough room to add the rest of the ingredients. Mix up until Borax has dissolved. Add the dish detergent and essential oil and fill the rest of the bottle up with hot water.

{Soft Scrub Cleaner}

Ingredients:
Baking soda
Dish detergent

Instructions: Put desired amount of baking soda into dish. Add enough dish detergent to baking soda to make a paste or frosting-like texture. Spoon onto surface and use a rag or sponge to spread around on the surface you’re cleaning.

{Window Cleaner #1}

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp mild dish detergent
3 Tbsp vinegar
2 Cups H2O

Instructions: Place ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake until ingredients are mixed well.

{Window Cleaner #2}

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp ammonia
1 Tbsp vinegar
Water

Instructions: Pour ammonia and vinegar in spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with water and mix.

{Window Cleaner #3}

Ingredients:
Empty spray bottle
Club soda

Instructions: Pour club soda into spray bottle. Spray on windows and wipe down. Can be used carbonated or flat.

{Furniture Polish}

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil or mineral oil
4 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions: Pour ingredients into spray bottle and mix well.  Refrigerate after use (lemon juice can sour after a while). Mix before each use.

{Disinfectant}

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Castile Soap
20-30 drops Tea Tree Oil
Water

Instructions:Fill 16 oz spray bottle up with mostly water, leaving room for the rest of the ingredients. Add castile soap and tea tree oil to water and mix.

Try out a few of the cleaners above and let me know your favorite. If you have allergies or asthma, you’ll find these cleaners are much easier on your breathing.

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