2.17.2009

Home-made cleaning products tutorial~

Home-made Cleaning Products Tutorial

It's no secret that everyone across the globe is tightening their purse strings. We're making more of our own items, buying from those who can produce products that we want or need for less than the stores. We wanted to share with you some of the great, easy and extremely budget-friendly tips we've found on how to create your own cleaning products for dirt cheap! Every budget can afford this and we hope it helps you save a little extra money. Some of the tips are from our friends, some from other sources. From Amanda~ For all general cleaning (ceramic, tile, bathroom and kitchen fixtures) I use a 1/2 and 1/2 combo of white vinegar and water that I keep in a spray bottle. For tougher spots (like sink basins or tubs) you can sprinkle baking soda on the surface then pour straight white vinegar on it to make a magical scrubbing potion. I get my baking soda from my left over fridge/freezer inserts so when its time to change them out, I just dump the leftover soda into a container. To this point, I've never run out of available soda from that source and it helps me remember to change them out. To disinfect sink drains, its similar: pour the baking soda down the drain, follow with vinegar, then hot water. For your floors~ For an economical and environmentally friendly floor cleaner, mix a solution of 3 drops dishwashing liquid to 1/3 part white distilled vinegar, 1/3 part alcohol, and 1/3 part water. Spray sparingly and mop for a fast clean-up. Some carpet stains can be removed with a paste of 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking soda. Rub into the carpet stain and let dry. Vacuum up the residue the next day. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet first). Bring out the color in carpet by brushing it with a solution of 1 cup white distilled vinegar for every gallon of water. (Always test on an out-of-sight part of the carpet beforehand). Floor cleaning tips are from vinegartips.com For your dishes~ Soap for the Dishwasher: 1 Tablespoon Borax 1 Tablespoon Baking soda (this amount is for one load of dishes) Some people have also added a tiny amount of their regular dishwashing soap or vinegar to help with the dishes. See what works best for your machine and dishes. Also, try sticking to the correct amounts listed on the boxes. Sometimes we tend to over-soap, thinking it'll get cleaner that way, but we're actually adding more soap gunk and wasting money. Do you have any cleaning products that you make at home? Share your cleaning recipes and ideas with us in the Community Forum. We will watch for some great tips and add them to our list here! Happy Cleaning!!

1 comment:

EarthMama said...

My favourite all purpose cleaner recipe is

1 1/2 tsp Washing Soda (Lectric Soda found in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket)

A squirt of liquid soap (preferably phosphate free)

750ml Hot water

I added a few drops of Grapefruit scented oil to get a fresh smell

Mix together until the washing soda dissolves and spray and wipe!!!

It also works really well on stainless steel when you buff with a soft cloth afterwards.

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