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  • Writer's pictureAlison Wimmer

Cleaner Cleaning

~~Air Freshener Spray~~

Create your own bottle of Air Freshener Spray to have on hand using various items commonly found in your home.

1/4 c. baking soda

4 c. warm water

1 tsp of 1 of the following:

*lemon extract

*strawberry extract

* raspberry extract

* vanilla extract

* almond extract


Essential Oils such as Pine, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Lavendar

Into a clean spray bottle pour baking soda & desired scent. Slowly fill with warm water. Mist the air as needed. Avoid spraying on or near furniture or pets.

Additional Idea:

Create Seasonal Spray Scents by combining - for example Cinnamon & Vanilla

~~ All-Purpose Spray Cleaner~~

This All Purpose Spray Cleaner is simple to make, yet extremely effective. It works wonderful on removing older set in stains, as well as windows, mirrors, tiles and more.

Pour the following into a gallon jug,

1 pint rubbing alcohol

1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent

1 tablespoon household ammonia

1 tablespoon vinegar

Top off jug with warm water, cap, & shake gently.

Pour into a spray bottle to clean windows, chrome and bath fixtures

As with all chemicals, be sure to mark the container as "poison" and keep out of reach of children/pets.

~~Aluminum Pot Cleaner~~

Add the following to your dirty aluminum pot & bring to a boil;

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 quart water

Boil 8-10 minutes, allow to cool to lukewarm & scour if needed.

~~Appliance Cleaner Spray~~

Combine the following into a spray container,

1 teaspoon borax

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups hot water

Seal and shake to dissolve the borax. apply liberally.

~~Bathtub Cleaner~~

To Clean a badly stained tub... make a paste of

1/4 c. Peroxide

1 c. Cream of tartar

Using a small brush, scrub with a little elbow grease.

Rinse thoroughly. Or apply & let set for 20-30 minutes, scrub & rinse.

~~Window Cleaner~~

3 tablespoons ammonia

3/4 cup water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

Put into a clean spray bottle.

~~Cabinet Grease Remover~~

(for painted cabinets)

1/4 cup baking soda

1 cup ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

Mix together in a clean pail.

Soften the grease/dirt stains with a hot damp dishrag. Using a sponge dipped in your cleaning solution, wash the cabinets, allowing the cleaner to set for a few minutes as needed. Rinse & Wipe Dry.

~~Calcium Deposit Remover~~

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 gallon hot water

1/4 cup soap flakes (shred an Ivory Soap Bar)

Mix well, clean & then rinse surface with clear water.

~~Cast Iron Burner Cleaner~~

3 qts water

3 T washing soda

Add water to large (non-aluminum) stock-pot.

Submerge burners and boil for a few minutes.

Remove from Pot & Wash as normal.

Rinse and dry thoroughly before replacing on stove.

~~Ceramic Tile Cleaner ~~

1/4 cup baking soda

1 cup ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

Combine all of the ingredients in a bucket, stirring well until baking soda is completely dissolved. Apply the cleaning solution using a nylon brush or scrubbie, or scrub sponge. Rub gently, or leave the solution on for a few minutes to loosen grime. Rinse well with clean water.

~~Drain Cleaner~~

Combine the following and then slowly pour down the drain you wish to clean:

1/2 cup salt

1/8 cup cream of tartar

1/2 cup baking soda

Follow with:

6 cups boiling water

Leave Overnight. In the morning, Flush with warm water for several minutes.

~~Fiberglass Tub Floor Cleaner~~

Intended for use only on the irregular bottom surface of the tub -

Not for use on smooth surfaces

3/4 cups baking soda

1/4 cup borax

Fine Kitchen Scrubbing Sponge

Mix baking soda and borax together. Work the cleanser in with a scrubbing

sponge and then rinse well.

~~Homemade Fabreze~~

1/3 c baking soda

2 c water

1 c fabric softener, any scent you like. (Free Samples work wonderfully for this!)

Here's the trick to avoiding residue, bring water to a boil in a saucepan on the stove and then dissolve the baking soda in the water. Remove from heat, cool, funnel into a spray bottle, add fabric softener, seal and shake well to combine; Use as you would the store-bought FaBreeze.

~~Lemon Furniture Cleaner Spray~~

1 quart mineral oil

10 drops lemon extract

Combine in a small spray bottle. Spritz furniture and polish with clean cloth.

~~Lemon Olive Oil Furniture Polish~~

1 juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon water

Combine all in small mason jar. Apply a thin coat to a wooden surface using a clean cloth or paintbrush. Allow to set 5 minutes. Buff dry.

~~Magic Wall & Appliance Cleaner~~

2 tablespoons non-sudsy ammonia

1 teaspoon liquid Dawn dish soap

1 pint rubbing alcohol

1 gallon water

Combine all and Store in a spray bottle. Use as you would any multipurpose cleanser.

~~Miracle All Purpose Cleaner~~

1 (16 ounce) Plastic spray bottle

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon borax

Very hot water

1/4 cup liquid soap or detergent

10 to 15 drops any essential oil

Do Not Stray from these directions.

Mix vinegar with borax in the spray bottle. Fill bottle halfway with very hot water. Shake until borax is dissolved. Add liquid soap or detergent. You may add essential oil to scent it, if desired.

~~No Rinse Wall Cleaner Recipe~~

1 cup ammonia

1/2 cup vinegar

1 gallon hot water

1/4 cup baking soda

Mix together and use to wash your walls. No rinsing is required.

~~No Wax Linoleum Cleaner Recipe~~

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

Mix together and use to wash your floors

~~Oven Cleaner Recipe ~~

1 cup ammonia

2 cups boiling water

1/2 cup baking soda

1 cup white vinegar

Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Bring to temperature for 10 minutes; turn off, and place a loaf pan with ammonia on the top shelf and another loaf pan with boiling water on the bottom.

Leave the oven closed and off overnight. In the morning, remove the ammonia and add baking soda and vinegar, creating a smooth past. Brush the paste on any rough baked on food spots. Leave it for 20 minutes, then scrub off with a scrubber.

~~Pine Cleaner Recipe~~

2 cups grated Ivory Soap

8 cups very warm water

1 cup pine oil

Combine Ivory soap and oil until coated & pour into a rinsed out gallon milk jug. Add warm water, cover and shake well.

To Use: 2 c. Mix to a Mop bucket of warm water. Works great on floors, walls, furniture, etc.

~~Pine Oil Furniture Polish~~

1 1/4 cups mineral oil

1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent

1 tablespoon pine oil

1 1/2 cups water

Mix first 3 ingredients in a mason jar until clear. Add water slowly, stirring constantly.

To Use: Apply with a soft cloth; polish dry.

~~Porcelain Sink Stain Remover~~

1 teaspoon Dawn dishwashing detergent

1/2 cup liquid chlorine bleach

1/2 cup white vinegar

Stand BACK, do NOT breathe the Fumes!!!

Close drain and run several inches of warm water into sink. Add above ingredients. Let stand in sink overnight. Rinse out sink with hot water.

~~Rug & Upholstery Cleaner~~

1 quart water, Hot Hot Water

1/4 cup ammonia

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon baking soda

Combine all, cool. Apply, After material dries, vacuum off.

~~Scouring Cleanser Recipe~~

This is mildly abrasive. To make it more abrasive, add more whiting, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired abrasiveness is achieved.

1/2 cup Ivory Soap, Grated

2 teaspoons borax

1 1/2 cups hot water

2 to 5 teaspoons whiting

Mix ivory, borax and water in a large plastic bowl until soap and borax are dissolved. Add 2 to 5 teaspoons whiting, checking the consistency and degree of abrasiveness after each teaspoon.

Pour into a squeeze-top container. (These are available at walmart or dollar stores in the shower supply aisle for about .40 )

To use, shake well. Squeeze some of the cleanser onto a damp cloth or sponge and wash. Rinse and dry. For heavily soiled areas, apply cleanser and let it set 30 minutes or more, Scrub off, rinse, and repeat if necessary.

~~Shower Curtain Wash Recipe~~

1/2 cup detergent, any kind is fine

1/2 cup baking soda

Set the washing machine to warm water and fill, adding 2-4 bath towels. Add Detergent, baking soda and curtain. Run through the cycle as normal, when the rinse cycle kicks on, add 1 c. White Vinegar to the water. When the cycle is finished, hang to dry.

~~Shower Head Cleaner~~

1 c. white vinegar

1 c. hot water

Soak shower head for 1 hour in covered pot.

~~Shower Wall and Glass Door Cleaner~~

White vinegar, warmed

Dry borax

Baking Soda

For easy removal of hard water spots off shower walls and glass doors, use undiluted, heated white vinegar. Fill a Large ceramic mug with vinegar, place in microwave for a minute or so, and splash into the shower, or pour heated vinegar into a spray bottle, spray on.

Leave it for at least 15 minutes, than scrub with a mix of 1/2 c. borax, 1/2 c. baking soda.

~~Tile Cleaner and Grease Remover~~

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup ammonia

1/2 cup vinegar

Combine all in gallon jug, top off with water.

Apply directly to tile, and grease and mildew will vanish..

~~Tile Floor Cleaner~~

1/4 cup ammonia

1 gallon hot water

1 tsp Dawn Dishsoap

~~Tile Floor Shine~~

Apply this mix to give a tile floor a shiny, glazed look.

1/2 cup powdered clothes starch

1 gallon warm water

Mix and apply thin coating, dry.

~~Toilet Bowl Ring Remover~~


Lemon juice

Flush potty, make a paste of the above ingredients and apply with toilet brush, leave overnight, scrub in the morning.

~~Tough Toilet Stain Cleaner~~

Apply 2 cups Borax powder, scrub, and then allow it to set overnight, scrub again and flush.

~~Triple Action Multipurpose Cleaner~~

1/4 cup baking soda

1 cup ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 gallon warm water

~~Woodwork & Wooden Cabinet Cleaner~~

Combine the following in a Spray bottle

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 quart warm water

4 tablespoons white vinegar

Shake, spritz and wipe dry.

~~Shower/tub cleaner~~

12 oz of white vinegar and bring to a boil.

Pour into a plastic spray bottle.

Add 12 oz of blue Dawn, and swish around to mix.

Spray the tub/shower and wait maybe 30 minutes and grime and dirt will wipe right off.



~When cleaning fan blades, use a pillow case. Simply slip pillow case over blade and wrap your hands around the outside of blade and pull dust off into pillow case instead of the floor.

~Most vacuums can be taken apart simply and filter cleaned with hot water, hoses rinsed and hung to dry, hair cut out of wheels. If you spend a little time cleaning your vacuum, will work like new.

~Smokers~ If you set small shot glass sizes of vinegar around your home, it absorbs the smell of smoke.

~Clean out pantries, rotate your canned and boxed foods. Anything you will not use, donate to a shelter.

~Change out baking soda in the fridge. You dont want no funky smells.

~Put a glass bowel, or measuring cup of vinegar and water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Take it out, Dip a rag in it and wipe out your microwave.

~ Put a sock on your hand and use to dust nick-naks and hard to dust objects.

~Fake plants can be soaked in sink of hot water/vinegar then set in sun to dry.

~ Run your washer and dishwasher with nothing in it. Put vinegar in it or into the soap dispenser to disinfect and kill funky smells.

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