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Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners

Move aside, Windex!

Here are a few recipes for cleaners you can make yourself. Invest in a few spray bottles and make them before you need them. That way you always have them on hand for cleaning jobs.

Oven Cleaner
2 tablespoons dish washing liquid
2 tablespoons borax
1/4 cup ammonia
1 1/2 cup warm water

Mix together, apply to oven spills, and allow to sit twenty to thirty minutes. Scrub with an abrasive, nylon-backed sponge and rinse well.

General-Purpose Cleaner
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
2 cup hot water

Combine all ingredients. For a more pleasant smell, use lemon juice instead of vinegar.

Easy Scrub
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
Dishwashing liquid

Combine the baking soda and borax. Mix in enough dish washing liquid to make a smooth paste. (Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice for a more pleasant smell.)

Heavy-Duty Disinfectant Cleaner
1/4 cup powdered laundry detergent
1 tablespoon borax
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup pine oil or pine-based cleaner

Slowly stir the detergent and borax into the water to dissolve. Add the pine oil (available at hardware stores and supermarkets) and mix well. For bathroom cleaning, use the mixture full strength. In the kitchen, dilute with water.

Glass Cleaner
2 tablespoons ammonia
1/2 cup alcohol
1/4 teaspoon dish washing liquid
A few drops blue food coloring

Combine ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and food coloring,
then add enough water to make one quart. If you prefer a
non-ammonia cleaner, substitute three tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
for the ammonia.

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