Household cleaners are expensive and many are toxic. Over the last few years I have found many recipes for homemade cleaners and I have yet to make one that I dislike. Here is what I use in our home on a regular basis.
Homemade Laundry Detergent (powdered)
2 cups grated soap (I use Fels Naptha)
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Oxy Clean (optional)
Mix well and store in a sealed container. Use 1 Tbsp per load.
Cost = 2 cents/load
1/2 cup white vinegar
Add vinegar to your rinse cycle or just pour it into a Downy ball so you don't have to worry about zipping down to the washing machine in time to catch the rinse cycle. This works amazingly well and once the clothes are dry the vinegar smell is gone. I promise you won't smell like a baby gherkin. :)
Homemade Soft Scrub
* 1/2 cup baking soda
* 2-3 Tablespoons Dish Liquid
* 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
Mix baking soda and dish liquid in a medium sized bowl. Mixture should resemble a thick frosting. Add more dish liquid as needed. Next, add the vinegar… warning, this will foam a lot at first! Stir the mixture well until it stops foaming a lot. Store in an airtight container. An old dish soap container works well. Use to scrub counter tops, soap scum from the bathroom, the stove top, or anywhere you would normally use Soft Scrub.
Homemade Window Cleaner
*1 cup Water
*1/4 cup white vinegar
*2 to 3 drops Dawn dish soap
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with pour spout and pour into a spray bottle. Enjoy!
Works well when washing windows to use newspaper rather than paper towels... no lint left on the window and it is streak free.
Homemade Furniture Polish
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
3 to 4 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and mix well. I have good luck with finding spray bottles at the Dollar Store or in the travel aisle at Walmart. When using the polish you can spray it on a lint free rag (cloth baby diapers are awesome for rags) or if you want more shine, you can spray it directly on the furniture and buff it with your rag.
Store your furniture polish in a cool, dark place and mix it well before using.
Do you have a favorite cleaning product that you would like to share with me, I would love to hear about it in the comments below. Happy cleaning!