Organization & Cleaning

DIY Cleaning Supplies

I feel like I spend a fortune on cleaning products that only last me a few good cleans, and since I keep hearing about how easy it is to make your own products, I decided to give it a go. I found some great suggestions online and a few friends suggested others, so here are the DIY cleaning products that I’ve tested personally and that actually clean…

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I’ve used this concoction all over my house- walls, moldings, countertops…you name it. Also try dissolving baking soda in warm water and vinegar for another good solution. Since this does a great job of cleaning all sorts of problem areas, it’s a great one to start with and it costs under $3.00. Add a few drops of an essential oil to add a nice scent.

Ingredients:

– equal parts white vinegar and water

 

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I mixed these ingredients in a martini shaker and then wiped down my wooden furniture using a soft rag. The vinegar and lemon clean and sanitize while the olive oil conditions the wood, leaving absolutely no residue behind…just a nice shine. Amazing.

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 4 tabelspoons white vinegar

– 2 teaspoons lemon juice

20130123-140535.jpgBEST FOR WOOD FLOORS

We have all wood floors, so I actually combine 3-4 cups of vineger and 3-4 cups of vegetable oil in a large bucket. Using a soft rag or sponge, I wipe down my floors with a thin coat. Make sure you allow it to dry before walking on it or you’ll see footprints everywhere.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup white vinegar

– 1 cup vegetable oil

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I tried a few different variations before this one–some with baking soda, others with cornstarch–and all seemed to leave a film behind. These basic ingredients did the job and left nothing behind to cleanup. Just clean with a paper towel or newspaper, not a rag.

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup ammonia

– 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

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Combine these ingredients and use a sponge to scrub tile floors or surfaces, or dip a damp cloth into a 1/4 cup of borax and scrub areas as needed. The borax powder does a fantastic job of scrubbing off dirt and grime.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup borax

– 1 gallon of water

THE BASICS

Most of these basic ingredients can be used to create any homemade cleaning product and can be found at any Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc. With these items on-hand, you’ll be able to tackle any cleaning task around your house and they will last you a lot longer. Not only will you save a ton of money, you’ll keep your family safe from breathing in harsh chemicals found in most commercial cleaning products.

Baking Soda ($.77)

White Vinegar ($2.89 for 128oz)

Rubbing Alcohol ($2.29 for 16oz )

Ammonia ($1.19 for 64oz)

Borax ($3.39 for )

Essential Oils ($5.59 – organic grocery store)

TOTAL: $16.12

*Additional supplies that you may already have in your home include, lemons, olive oil, vegetable oil, and hydrogen peroxide. Prices listed above may vary by location.

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