HOMEMADE HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

HOMEMADE HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
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Sent in by Michelle Hilleson So far the homemade laundry soap really is the coolest one--2 gallons of laundry soap for <$1. You can let your listeners know that the best thing about the surface cleaner recipe is it's a wonderful opportunity to give the ‘littles’ chores because you know they'll be safe. I'm sure none of your listeners’ children would ever have too much fun with the spray bottle or even use it as a weapon against their siblings as has been known to happen in the Hilleson house during their training years! Still, it's good to know. Homemade Glass Cleaner From Sarah Aguirre, Your Guide to Housekeeping
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HOMEMADE HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
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Sent in by Michelle Hilleson So far the homemade laundry soap really is the coolest one--2 gallons of laundry soap for <$1. You can let your listeners know that the best thing about the surface cleaner recipe is it's a wonderful opportunity to give the ‘littles’ chores because you know they'll be safe. I'm sure none of your listeners’ children would ever have too much fun with the spray bottle or even use it as a weapon against their siblings as has been known to happen in the Hilleson house during their training years! Still, it's good to know. Homemade Glass Cleaner From Sarah Aguirre, Your Guide to Housekeeping
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • vinegar chrome, and other surfaces.
Instructions
  1. Using isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar together makes a quickly evaporating spray glass and mirror cleaner that competes with national brands. This can also be used to give a nice shine to hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces.
  2. Recipe For Homemade Furniture Polish
  3. From Sarah Aguirre
  4. Ingredients
  5. 1 cup olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  7. Mix together in a clean new spray bottle. To use, remember to shake before each application. Apply a small portion to your cleaning cloth. Spread the polish over the furniture, trying to polish evenly. Use another clean cloth to polish the surface dry.
  8. Homemade Dishwasher Soap
  9. Powder Recipe #1
  10. 1 cup Washing Soda (found in the grocer’s laundry section)
  11. 1 cup Borax
  12. Powder Recipe #2
  13. 1 cup Baking Soda
  14. 1 cup Borax
  15. For the above two recipes:
  16. • Mix thoroughly and store in a plastic container, use approximately 2 Tblsp. per load.
  17. • Use vinegar in the rinse compartment as a rinse agent to help prevent residue
  18. • Try adding 2-3 drops essential oil
  19. Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes
  20. Liquid Laundry Detergent - Recipe #1
  21. 1 quart Water (boiling)
  22. 2 cups Bar soap, Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap (grated)
  23. 2 cups Borax
  24. 2 cups Washing Soda
  25. • Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
  26. • Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  27. • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  28. • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
  29. Liquid Laundry Detergent - Recipe #2 (Michelle’s favorite)
  30. 2 gallons water (very hot)
  31. 1 bar Ivory soap (grated)
  32. 2 cups baking soda (yes, baking soda this time–not washing soda)
  33. • Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
  34. • In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
  35. • Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
  36. • Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load
  37. Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #1
  38. 2 cups Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap (finely grated)
  39. 1 cup Washing Soda (found in the grocer’s laundry section)
  40. 1 cup Borax
  41. • Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
  42. • Use 2 tablespoons per full load.
  43. Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #2
  44. 12 cups Borax
  45. 8 cups Baking Soda
  46. 8 cups Washing Soda
  47. 8 cups Bar soap (grated)
  48. • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  49. • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.
Terri's Notes

~ Washing soda should be in the laundry section of your grocery store. It comes in a yellow box, made by Arm & Hammer, but it's NOT baking soda. If you're interested, washing soda is Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3), baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3), and borax is Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate (Na2B4O7*10H2O), so all different chemical compounds.
~ Clean like a pro! Lint free cleaning rags are sold by the bag at the big-box hardware store, they’re strong, washable, and do a better job than old t-shirts.
~ Generic spray bottles (also found at Menards, Lowes, Home Depot) are great for dispensing your cleaners. While you’re there, pick up a clean, unused, 3 gallon paint bucket with a lid for storing the extra laundry detergent.

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