7 Types of Cleaners you can make at Home.

Running out of the cleaner when you are half way through the job can be a bit of a downer and morale damaging.  However, you can always save yourself a trip to the store by making your own cleaner. You can do it while being friendly to the environment using common ingredients.

  1. Heavy duty scrubber

Make with – Half a lemon and ½ cup of borax

Ideal for – Rust stains on enamel sinks and tubs and also porcelain

To use, dip the lemon in the borax and use it to scrub. Avoid using on marble and granite.

  1. All-purpose deodorizer and cleaner

Make with – 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart of warm water

Ideal for – Appliances, refrigerator and kitchen counters

To use, pour on a sponge and wipe the surface to clean.

  1. Grease cleanser

Make with – ½ cup sudsy ammonia (with detergent) and a gallon of water.

Ideal for – grills, oven hoods, and other surfaces with tough grime.

To use, dip a sponge in the mixture and wipe the surface then rinse with clean water.

  1. Glass cleaner

Make with – ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70%), 2 cups water,  and ½ cup white or cedar vinegar. Add a 1 or 2 drops of an essential oil like lavender for a nice smell.

Ideal for – mirrors and windows

To use, put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on a soft cloth which you can use to wipe with.

  1. Heavy duty cloth stain remover

Make with – 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup dishwashing detergent, 1 gallon hot water

Ideal for – stained cloths that can be bleached

To use, mix the ingredients in a plastic container, sink the garment for 15 to 20 minutes and scrub gently. If the stains do not come off, soak a little bit longer.

  1. Marble cleaner

Make with – 1 or 2 drop of dishwashing liquid in 2 cups of warm water. Do not use acidic ingredients like lemon, as they will wear away the stone.

Ideal for – Marble and other stone tops and surfaces.

To use, dip a sponge in the mixture and wipe the stone surface. Rinse completely with water. Dry with a cloth and buff to a shine.

  1. Dishwasher cleaner

Make with – ¼ cup of orange drink or powdered lemon.

Ideal for – cleaning the insides of a dishwasher

To use, pour the orange drink or the powder into the detergent cup of the dishwasher and run. You can let the mixture rest for 10 minutes before rinsing to have a brighter shine.




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