Monday, February 10, 2014

Homemade cleaning

Decided to put my thoughts into action.  Making our own cleaning supplies now.

All Purpose Cleaner

1 gal water
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients.  Put in a spray bottle to clean showers, floors, toilets, sinks and counters.  Great for most cleaning needs. 

Window Cleaner

1/2 cup ammonia
2 cups rubbing alcohol
1 tsp dish washing liquid

In one-gallon container, mix ammonia and rubbing alcohol.  Fill almost to the top with water.  Add dish washing liquid and mix.  Top off with water.  Rater by Consumer Reports to work much better and cheaper than most commercial products.

Cleaning Wipes

1 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
2 tbsp Dawn
old rags

Place rags in water tight container. Mix ingredients and pour over rags. Use as you would the disposable cleaning wipes. Wash and replace as used.

Silver Polish/Tarnish remover

Wood ash & water

Mix to make a paste.  Rub on and wipe off.

Laundry Detergent

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle       
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle          
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (You can also use Fels Naptha).  I use the Zote flakes.  No grating!!
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)          
Opt 2 Bottles of Purex Crystals Fabric Enhancer- *for sensitive skin...use the Purex Crystals for Babies...Found in the detergent aisle
1      Grate zote soap with cheese grater (If desired, use a food processor to create a finer flake)
2   Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket.

3   Use 1 tbsp per load (2-4 tbsp for  heavily soiled or larger loads.  Lasts me about 6

Borax  $       7.70
super Washing Soda  $       3.24
Oxiclean  $       9.47
Baking Soda  $       2.24
Zote  $       2.00
Purex Crystals (opt)  $       9.52
 $    34.17

Green Spring Cleaning Recipe for the Grout
7 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
throw in a spray bottle and spray your floor, let it sit for a minute or two... then scrub 

Homemade Oven Cleaner

opt 1:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup distilled vinegar
½ cup dawn dish soap

opt 2:
Do you spend hours upon hours scrubbing your oven clean? Stop it! Instead, make a paste using water and baking soda and spread it all around the inside of your oven. Let it sit overnight, then take a wet rag to wipe out as much of the baking soda mixture as possible. Next, spray some vinegar on the inside of your oven and wipe down with a wet rag. Then turn your oven on low for about 20 minutes to let it dry.

Cleaning Stove/Oven parts
****Do Not Use on Aluminum*****

1/4 cup ammonia
large ziploc bag

pour ammonia into ziploc bag, insert part into bag, seal, let sit overnight.

Cleaning Cast Iron

Run oven on self-clean!!  That's it.  Wash any residue off after cycle.


How to make soap in a crockpot

Dish Soap

Make your own dish saop