Recipes for My Three Most-Used Home-made Cleaning Products

English: No name baking soda
For the past six months I've been researching, mixing up and trying out different recipes for cleaning products that are easy and economical to make. Here's what I'm now using: Homemade Dishwashing Detergent (Powdered): 2 cups of Borax 2 cups of Baking Soda 1/4 cup of Lemi Shine Lemi Shine is simply crystalized citric acid. I had never heard of it but found it right in the dishwasher detergent aisle at my regular grocery store. It helps to cut grease and is anti-bacterial. It also helps to prevent water spots on the rinse cycle. Homemade Laundry Detergent (not safe to use on cloth diapers) 3 cups of Super Washing Soda 3 cups of Borax 1 cup of Oxygen Booster 3 Bars of Ivory Soap, grated I am also using soap nuts which I really like but I wanted to try making another option just to see how it would work so that I could pass it on to all of you. Surprisingly, my laundry comes out clean and not really smelling like much of anything. I mixed up a big batch and keep it in a large tub that once held kitty litter. Multi-Purpose Spray Cleaner 2 cups of citrus vinegar (made by soaking orange rinds in white vinegar in a sealed glass jar for 2 weeks) 2 cups of water 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract or Colloidal Silver This works great for counter-tops both in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as our leather couch, wood floors and table tops. Best of all, I feel safe letting even my littlest helper spritz while I wipe. For everything else, I use baking soda. It’s great for scrubbing pots and pans with stuck on grime because it’s a mild abrasive, it polishes the stainless steel sink, scours out the inside of the coffee pot, cleans the inside of the car and leaves the tub sparkling. You know you’re using something non-toxic when you can clean your tub with while you’re taking a shower!    
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  • I actually found a recipe for DIY bac-out that’s been working wonderfully :)

    Hope on
  • I was making my own detergent, using washing soda, borax, and Zote soap. I use oxygen bleach, but don’t mix it with the detergent. Just personal preference. I think it works pretty well. I tried it with Fels Naptha, but found I don’t like the smell. I love the smell of Zote soap. For my all purpose cleaner I just mix vinegar and water half and half. Cleaning my bathroom, I’ve been known to cut a lemon or lime in half and sprinkle borax or baking soda on it and scrubbing everything with it. Really got my sink shining! Lately my husband has been cleaning the bathrooms and he likes to use the other stuff. I think I might have to mix up some more cleaning stuff and convince him to use them instead. We’ll see. :-)

    Melissa Mendez on
  • That’s good initiative, well i also use homemade floor cleaner for a very long time before our angel baby arrived, and the reason behind it was to avoid the toxicity and most important to cut out the cost involved in it, who doesn’t want do such savings, don’t you :)
    Apart from water vinegar solution, you can also use these solutions that i have used and found very effective.
    Solution 1:
    Castille soap – 1 TBS
    Vinegar – ¼ cup
    Solution 2:
    Vinegar – 1/8 cup
    Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap – 1 TBS
    Brewed black tea – ¼ cup
    Solution 3:
    Mild dish detergent (liquid) – 1/8 cup
    Vinegar – ½ cup
    Solution 4:
    Mild dish detergent (liquid) – ½ teaspoon
    Borax – ¼ cup
    You can get the whole process here
    Although i do have lots of homemade recipes for cleaning but i have never used anything like Homemade Laundry Detergent as you have mentioned. I am going to try it and looking forward to see good result.
    Thanks

    Christine on
  • I have made my own laundry detergent before but not this recipe. I will have to try this recipe!

    Kirsten on
  • I’m thinking homemade dish detergent is a great idea!

    Hannah on

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