Wifey here. I have been promising TOR that I would write about homemade cleaners for quite some time now but I keep forgetting. He is working especially long hours today, so I thought I'd do him a favor a put something up on here for him.
I started making homemade cleaners a few months ago. I was successful in cutting our food bill significantly by cooking from scratch, brought my attention to how quickly the cost increased when we had to pick up any cleaners. I was completely guilty of using every cleaner advertised. The space under our sink was overcrowded and our cost was out of control. With store bought cleaners, you're paying mostly for the fancy label and strong perfume. Most cleaners can be made with a few ingredients that you probably already have around the house. The only thing I don't make now is dishwasher detergent because I was initially afraid of flooding my kitchen floor with suds, but I'm going to try it once this bottle runs out. I also occasionally cheat and use pine sol for the floors and comet for the bathrooms, but both are so cheap I don't worry about it. I make big batches of laundry detergent, surface, and glass cleaners and keep them on hand all the time. I make everything else on an as needed basis. Buy as much as you can in bulk, and you'll see your cleaning costs nearly disappear.
1 bar soap, finely grated (I use whatever is cheapest but make sure it's white or it could color your clothes)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Use 1-2 tablespoons for each load.
Everyday Surface Cleaner (works on anything)
1 part water
1 part vinegar
Combine in spray bottle
Heavy Duty Surface Cleaner (for grimy messes)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1 tsp borax
10 drops orange essential oil (optional)
5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients in spray bottle, spray on mess and wipe away.
1/2 cup ammonia
2 cups rubbing alcohol
1 tsp dishwashing liquid
Mix ammonia and rubbing alcohol in a 1 gallon container. Fill almost to the top with water. Add Dishwashing liquid and mix. Top off with water if needed.
*test a small area first
1 part laundry detergent
2 parts hot water
Scrub into carpets and let dry completely
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 gallon hot water
Combine ingredients. Mop or sponge onto floor. Use towels to dry floor immediately.
Sprinkle with baking soda and lemon juice
Let sit about 10 minutes and scrub with a toilet brush
1 tsp liquid dish soap
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp bleach
1 qt warm water
Mix all ingredients, spread over oven surfaces. Allow mixture to sit for 45 minutes. Scrub and rinse well.
1/4 can cream of tartar
Wet surface. Sprinkle with cream of tarter. Rub with cut surface of lemon.
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup laundry detergent.
Combine all ingredients, mix in spray bottle. Let mixture soak into clothes for 5 minutes, then wash as usual.
Anyone have other useful remedies? Variations? I'm always looking for cheaper, easier ways to do things.
Hey All TOR here, Please give Wifey a big round of applause. If we see a few nice or helpful comments a post on home cooking or saving money while still eating well may follow at some point. I am quite pleased as she has been doing all sorts of awesome stuff over the past few months. Also since we (at least currently) have very traditional gender roles in our home her thoughts really bring some balance to this place and hit on useful topics generally missed.
In any case it is late and I have to wake up early so I'm off to bed.