Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Homemade Cleaners

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Do you make your own cleaners? I have a few that I have been making for a while now. But I am trying a few more. I have tried the Dry Laundry Detergent recipe. At first I liked it but then our clothes didn't seem to be getting quite as clean. Our whites started to look dingy so I went back. I loved the money saved but it wasn't worth it if our clothes weren't coming out as clean. Maybe it was the washer we had at the time I don't know I haven't dared to try it again now that we have a new washer. Have any of you had luck with making your own laundry soap? If so what recipe have you used?

I was running out of cleaners so while making up my regulars I decided to try out a few new ones.

Here is what I made.....

Fake Windex: I have been using this one for quite some time and have been pleased with how it comes out.

Fake Windex
(Source: Fake it Frugal)
Empty Windex Bottle
1/8 Cup (1oz.)  White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz.) Isopropyl Alcohol
1 drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle

Fake Clorox Clean-Up: This is one I'm just trying I will let you know if I like it after I've used it a few times

Fake Clorox Clean-Up
(Source: Fake it Frugal)
1 Empty and Rinsed-Out Bottle of Clorox Cleanup/Empty Plastic Spray Bottle
1/4 Cup Bleach
1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent
Fill the rest of the bottle with Water and Shake!

Fake Febreeze: I love the smell of this but if I'm not careful it leaves white marks on mirrors and my wood floor so just be careful where you spray. I haven't noticed it leaving marks on fabric.

Fake Febreeze
(Source: Fake it Frugal)
1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top

Homemade Shout: Also a new one I am hoping works well, we use a bunch of this!

Homemade Shout
2/3 cups Dawn Dish washing Liquid
2/3 cups ammonia6 Tbsp baking soda2 cups warm water

Mix everything together then use a funnel to pour into an old Shout bottle or other spray bottle.

To use: shake bottle then spray on stains as you normally would. I usually let mine "soak in" for a few minutes at least. Then launder as usual.

Homemade Comet: This is one I'm trying out, so I will let you know how it works as well.

Homemade Comet
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Borax powder
Drops of essential oil (completely optional, but gives great fragrance)
Large mixing bowl
A clean, empty plastic powdered Parmesan cheese container

Dump the powders into a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with hands. Sprinkle in several drops of whatever essential oils you enjoy or have on hand.I used tea tree oil. (Tea tree oil also has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which aids in the cleaning powder of the product) Mix with hands again thoroughly, breaking up any clumps. Spoon into clean Parmesan cheese container. Use it to clean like you would ‘Comet’ cleaner.

Tub Scrub: I have used this a few times now and have been happy with the outcome, seems to be working well.
12 ounces white vinegar
12 ounces liquid , blue dawn detergent
Heat vinegar in microwave until hot and pour into squirt bottle.
Add the Dawn soap. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.
You now have a powerful cleaning product that will melt soap scum and tub and shower buildup, clean sinks, appliances and just about anything. Just spray it on, scrub, rinse and be amazed. For tough soap scum build-up, spray the mixture on and allow it to sit as long as overnight. Then, scrub and rinse.

Do you have any other homemade cleaners that you have used and worked well? I would love to hear if you do. I really love the money I save making my own. It's crazy that most of the cleaners are mostly water and that is what we pay for the ones we get from the store. That and the added chemicals that we don't need!

1 comment:

Mrs. Johnson said...

What was the recipe for the laundry detergent you tried? I use 2 cups borax, 2 cups washing soda and 1 bar of grated fels naptha soap. I also line dry so my whites stay ultra white (sun naturally bleaches).


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