- Gather empty jars, shakers and spray bottles, to keep your homemade cleaners just like your normal cleaners. I label them with a label maker so I know what is what. Use the shakers for baking soda and salt. Use the jars to mix the soft scrub and others.
- Microfiber washcloths (I use these for everything. Cleaning counters, tubs, windows. Plus, I put these on my Swiffer to clean and dust the floors. They work like a charm and don’t create waste like the Swiffer wipes.)
- Bucket for mopping and cleaning windows
- Sponges and scrubbers
0 4 parts water
(This cleaner cannot be done wrong. You can add more or less white vinegar based on your preference.)
0 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
0 1 quart warm water
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with towel or soft cloth. (Indefinite shelf life.)
0 5-10 drops of lemon and lime essential oils.
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. I spray this on furniture, drapes and carpets to freshen. (Indefinite shelf life.)
0 ¼ cup borax
0 ¼ cup baking soda
0 8 drops rosemary, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oil
0 ¾ cup vinegar for rinsing
Combine borax, baking soda and essential oil in an airtight container and shake well to blend. Sprinkle a small amount of powder into the sink and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse with vinegar and hot water. (Indefinite shelf life.)
0 Baking soda
0 Distilled white vinegar
0 Distilled white vinegar
0 ½ cup white distilled vinegar
Pour down sink, tub drain and toilet. Let sit for 15 minutes and flush with water. I put these into the drains before I start scrubbing and let it sit.
Basin, tub and tile cleaner
0 Half a lemon
Dip the lemon in borax and run on area to be cleaned. Rinse surface and dry with cloth. (Indefinite shelf life.)
0 ½ cup baking soda
0 Liquid castile soap
0 10 drops essential oil
Add enough soap to baking soda to make a creamy mixture. Use a sponge to apply and clean. Rinse surface well. (Use and discard.)
Hardwood floor cleaner
0 ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
0 1 gallon warm water
Mix ingredients in a pail and mop. After washing, rinse with water. Don’t leave large pools of water to dry. (Use and discard.)
0 3 cups water
0 ¾ cups vegetable-based liquid soap
0 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix ingredients in a blender. Rub the foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry and vacuum. This also works well on upholstery. (Indefinite shelf life, rewhip with each use.)
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