Homemade Cleaning Products

Did you know it is possible to make your own effective non-toxic, less chemically harmful cleaners for use in your home, school or office? After scouring (no pun intended) the many online resources, I've compiled for you a collection of homemade cleaning products.

All purpose cleaner
1 part water
1 part vinegar
Combine in new, unused spray bottle. Good for use on countertops, bathtub, floors, sink, stovetop, appliances.

Tips for using vinegar
Improperly diluted vinegar becomes acidic and can damage tile grout. Do not use on marble.

Toilet bowl cleaner
Flush toilet to lower the water level. Pour undiluted vinegar into toilet around rim and sides. Scrub with a standard toilet brush to get rid of rings.

Natural Fabric Softener
Add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washer.

Three Carpet and Upholstery Stain Removers
1. Rub a little shaving cream on the stain and wipe off with a clean sponge.

2. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on the stain, let sit for several minutes. Clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

3. Dab with hydrogen peroxide.

Carpet Freshener
Combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 2 tbsp corn starch, and 1/4 cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle mixture on dry carpet. Let stand 5 to 15 minutes and vacuum.

Pet Urine Stain Remover

Dab area with a cloth or paper towel. Wash area with the suds from liquid dish detergent, and rinse with 1/2 cup vinegar diluted in 1 qt warm water. Lay cloth or paper towels over the spot and weight down to absorb excess moisture. Let stand 4 to 6 hours, then remove toweling, brush up nap, and allow to dry completely. To speed dry, use an electric fan.

Glass Cleaner
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Pour into a spray bottle. Shake well. Use a lint-free cloth or newspaper when cleaning glass surfaces.

Pots and Pans - Burned or Crusted-on Foods
Soak or boil a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda per qt of water in each pan. Let stand until particles are loosened, then wash as usual. Use a mild or moderate abrasive sponge if necessary.

Fixture Cleaners
To clean stainless steel, chrome, fiberglass, ceramic, porcelain or enamel fixtures, dissolve 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 qt of water. Wipe over area with a clean cloth.

Furniture Polish Recipe
Mix the following in a spray bottle:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Shake well and apply a small amount onto a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth over to a dry side and polish dry.

Tub & Tile Cleaner (mildly abrasive)
Mix 1 2/3 cups baking soda with 1/2 cup of high-quality liquid soap in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tbsp. vinegar. Stir with a fork until the lumps are gone. Be as exact as you can, otherwise, your squirt may be to thin or thick. Keep the cap on because this mixture will dry out. Shake well before using.

Rust Remover
Sprinkle a little bit of salt on the rust. Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is nicely saturated in lime juice. Leave the mixture on the rust spot 2 or 3 hours. Use the leftover lime rind as a handy scrubber.

Bathroom mold
Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on the areas with mold. Wait at least 1 hour before rinsing or using the shower.

Floor Cleaners and Polishes
Vinyl and linoleum: add a capful of baby oil to the cleaning water to preserve and polish.

Wood: apply a thin coat of 1:1 oil and vinegar and rub in well.

Painted wood: mix 1 teaspoon washing soda into 1 gallon (4 L) hot water.

Brick and stone tiles: mix 1 cup white vinegar into 1 gallon (4 L) water; rinse with clear water.

Most floor surfaces can be easily cleaned using a solution of vinegar and water. For damp-mopping wood floors, mix equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15 drops of pure peppermint oil; shake to mix.

Metal Cleaners and Polishes
Aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.

Brass or bronze: polish with a soft cloth dipped in a lemon and baking-soda solution, or in a vinegar and salt solution.

Chrome: polish with baby oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil with the shiny side out or rub with toothpaste then wipe with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot. Let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on the cloth before wiping.

Gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.

Silver: line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; add a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.

Stainless steel: clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar.

Scouring Powder
For surfaces that should not be scratched, use baking soda. Apply baking soda directly with a damp sponge.

Oven Cleaner
Moisten oven surfaces with a wet sponge. Sprinkle several layers of baking soda and set for an hour. Rub gently with fine steel wool for the tough spots.

CD Cleaner
Gently smear toothpaste on CD and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth moving in straight lines from the center to the outside of the CD.

Sources:
HouseKeeping.com
Eartheasy.com
Pioneerthinking.com
Organizedhome.com
Ecomall.com

Posted May 2006 | Permanent Link

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