At times, I need some motivation to clean because it is not my favorite homemaking task. I had been wanting to test some new homemade cleaning product recipes because I have been LOVING my homemade shower cleaner! I use my shower cleaner as toilet bowl cleaner as well. I just spray down the inside of my toilet and let it sit for a little while and then come back in about 30 minutes and clean it. I also wanted very simple recipes that work and that don't require a lot of ingredients I don't keep on hand. I have found them!
I guess I should note that I keep my baking soda in a glass jar in my fridge because I use it for baking as well and I buy a huge bag of it so this is easier than keeping the huge bag in my fridge.
Vinegar works really well, but I don't like the smell so I put several drops of essential oil in all of them. I like fruity smells so I use orange or tangerine. It really does work to cut the vinegar smell.
I have tried A LOT of different homemade glass cleaners and none of them worked really well. I have also used all natural ones and also Shaklee's Basic H. Yesterday I decided to to do a side by side test of the following Mirror Cleaner with Windex. My husband loves Windex and so I keep it around for him so I made him come and try to figure out which side of the mirror I used the Windex on and which I used my mirror cleaner on and he couldn't tell! It was that good. Now I tried using cloth baby diapers, paper towels and coffee filters and by far, the coffee filters did THE BEST JOB of keeping the mirrors streak free and free of lint.
1 1/2 cups of vinegar1/2 cup water8 drops of essential oil (I used tangerine)Mix in a spray bottle.
Stephanie from Keeper of the Home actually just posted this recipe as an air freshener but I saw it listed somewhere else as a mirror cleaner - so I guess it could do both! One last thing - it will look cloudy for a minute until it dries - but do not worry - it will dry very nice and clean!
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups water
8 drops of essential oil (again I used tangerine)
Pour all three ingredients into an empty spray bottle. Shake well and spritz on furniture. Wipe with an old cotton t-shirt. Done!
This homemade dusting spray is really good. It also works really well. I have also tried a few homemade dusting sprays and this is the best one I have tried.
I use a baking soda paste and then I pour a little vinegar on it. It takes some elbow grease but works really, really well. I find that if I leave it sit on there and walk away for a while it is much easier to scrub clean.
|Before the cleaning|
|After - still has a few stains but MUCH better|
Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your dishwasher. Fill a cup up with vinegar and put it on the top of the dishwasher. Run a cycle. My vinegar spilled a little before I started it but it came out very clean.
Finally, check out my homemade shower cleaner that I mentioned above and here is how I clean my shower head and it works every.single.time (thanks MJ for the reminder):
I just fill up a plastic baggie with vinegar and put it around my shower head and rubber band it and let it sit there for a few hours and I just rinse it. If you have some hard water you can scrub it with a tooth brush (used for cleaning of course) but it will be gleaming!
I use a baking soda paste as my sink cleaner and I love it! Just sprinkle baking soda and add a little water to it and rub it in with your rag. Rinse well or you could have a white film from the baking soda - but if you rinse it well it will be very shiny!
Dishwasher Rinse Agent - I always just fill up my rinse agent resevoir with vinegar.
Fabric softener - I never use fabric softener or those dryer sheets but I do use vinegar as my fabric softener. I don't always measure but usually I just use 1/2 cup (thanks for reminding me Katy).
Also, I use vinegar as my coffeemaker cleaner. I just fill up my coffee container glass thing about half full with vinegar and water and pour it in and run it through. Then I run two more cycles of just water and it works great!
One last tip - I recently bought a steam mop that only uses water so we don't even use anything else on our floors. And we love it - even my husband likes to use it!
Please try these homemade cleaners and come back and comment and let me know how you like them or leave me a comment and tell me your favorite homemade cleaner!
Also, here is a great article about the disinfecting powers of bleach versus vinegar - so you can decide!