Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Homemade Cleaners

I've still been mixing around with trying out homemade home cleaners and beauty products. Most are pretty simple variations on what I've already been doing, but with just a touch of this or a dab of that some products can be even better. Here are the original, basic recipes for cleaning.

Cleaning Paste:
This is a bit more complicated to make than the baking soda/washing soda mix I usually have but, not surprisingly, it works well. About the equivalent of the Magic Erasers.
1/2 cup soap flakes, 1 cup chalk, 1/2 cup baking soda, 3 tablespoons glycerin.

Furniture Polish:
1 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon lemon or orange oil.

Glass Cleaner:
Works much better on glass than the General Purpose Cleaner
1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 cups warm water.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
I like just using baking soda to clean toilets but this is a better disinfectant
1 cup borax, 1/2 cup white vinegar.

Oven Cleaner:
1 box baking soda, 1/4 cup washing soda

Stain Cleaning:
        Blood, Chocolate, coffee: Soak in 1/4 cup borax, and 2 cups cold water
        Grease: Cornstarch and water. Let dry and brush away
        Red Wine: Sprinkle with salt
        Grass: Soak in 2% hydrogen peroxide
        Ink: Cream of tartar and lemon juice

Fabric Softener:
1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar

Mildew:
2 parts salt, 1 part lemon

Mold:
1/2 cup borax, 1/2 vinegar, 1 cup water

Carpet:
1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup lavender. Sit 30 minutes then vacuum.

Silver Polish:
White toothpaste

Drain Cleaner:
1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, 1 gallon hot water

Car Wash:
7 tablespoons beeswax, 12 tablespoons carnauba wax, 2 cups mineral oil, 4 tablespoons turpentine, 1 tablespoon pine oil


I'm planning to get together all of these recipes onto a printable sheet so you can have it at all time. Be sure to check back for that.

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