A little rework of an article from last year. I am all about finding safe, cheap alternatives to the commercial cleaning products I have traditionally used. These recipes are great to keep around all the time.

For the recipes that use spray bottles, I repurposed bottles from other products. Just clean and rinse them well. Also, be sure to label each bottle. I use a strip of tape and a pen. I have also found a funnel to be a handy tool when mixing in a spray bottle.

These recipes are basic. I have been finding lots more earth-friendly tips and recipes and will share them with you in future earth-friendly posts.

All-Purpose Cleaner

7-10 drops liquid soap
2-3 tablespoons baking soda
Hot water to fill spray bottle
Mix this together and use to clean just about any hard surface. Put in a labeled spray bottle. You can add the juice of half a lemon for the scent. Works great for quick cleanups in the kitchen & bathroom. (I did not care for using this on my stainless steel appliances. Too difficult to rinse. The next cleaner works great.)

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Juice of 1 lemon
3 cups water
Mix these in a spray bottle. Be sure to label the bottle. Spray lightly and wipe clean and dry with a microfiber cloth.

All-Purpose Cleaner & Disenfectant

2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons Borax
few drops tea tree oil
Water to fill spray bottle
Mix these ingredients in the spray bottle. Spray and wipe. Makes a great cleaner and disinfectant for countertops and sinks. Tea Tree oil can be found at health food stores, and should not be taken internally. Mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with some water in a spray bottle can clean mold in the bathroom, disinfect the floor after the dog has an accident, or clean up after someone has been sick.

Window Cleaner

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent*
3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
2 cups water
* optional

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Use it just like you would the commercial window cleaners you have used in the past. You can add a couple of drops of essential oil to give it a pleasant scent. Also works well on mirrors and interior glass.

Microwave Cleaner

2 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 1/2 cup water
Mix in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until the mixture boils. The steam that is created will loosen stubborn food and stains from the sides of the microwave. If you prefer, you can use 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

Silver Cleaner

3 parts baking soda
1 part water
Rub the paste on the silver and rinse with warm water. Dry with a soft cloth.

Furniture Polish

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive
1/4 cup lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar and store indefinitely. Use in a spray bottle or dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.

Wood Floor Cleaner

2 tablespoons oil (like olive)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons alcohol
4 cups water
Mix all ingredients and put in spray bottle. Spray on the floor and wipe with a clean cloth or mop. Be sure to shake the bottle each use as the oil will separate from the other ingredients.

Toilet Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
Pour the vinegar in the the toilet then add the baking soda. Wait about 10 minutes and swish with a toilet brush.

Soft Scrubber Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda
liquid soap
Mix the baking soda with enough liquid soap to make a creamy, frosting-like texture. Scoop some on to a sponge or rag and wash. Great for cleaning bathtubs and showers because it rinses easily and leaves no grit. If you add about 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to keep it moist, you can store in a glass jar.


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