#Home & Decor
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.
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.
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.
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
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.
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.