Cleaning Recipes

Not only do I love to cook, but I enjoy making my own household products as well. I save money and I know what I'm putting in them. My favorite is this laundry detergent. I have been using it for 4 years now and love it!

Laundry Detergent

4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
1 Cup Borax 

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

Optional: I like to add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, lemon, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*I saved old detergent bottles and filled them with what I made and just used the lid to measure what I normally would for each load. We have an HE washer.

* I bought all of the ingredients at Meijer and it cost about $10.

Furniture Polish

I ran out of furniture polish today so I looked up a recipe to make my own. I like it so much better. I ended up using it to dust all of my furniture and my baseboards. I'll never buy furniture polish again.

2 t olive oil
1 t lemon juice
1 c warm water
1/4 c white vinegar

In a container mix together all of the above ingredients. Spray onto a cloth and wipe your furniture clean. It leaves your furniture clean and shiny without any residue.

Kitchen Degreaser Cleaner
I keep this in my kitchen and use it to spray countertops, stovetop, microwave, sink, tile, etc. It smells great and works great! Thanks for the recipe.

2/3 c water
1/3 c citrus vinegar (*see below)
3 t baking soda
4 t Castile soap
10 drops Orange or Lemon Essential oil

To make the citrus vinegar, place the peels of oranges, lemons and/or grapefruits into a quart jar. Cover the peels with white vinegar and sit in a cool dark place for 2 weeks. Strain vinegar off of peels and throw peels away or put in your compost bin.
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Place your hand over the top of the bottle and shake. It will foam a little when you add the baking soda. Wait for it to stop foaming before you shake. Then add top and use to clean your kitchen daily.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This works great and smells great. Be sure to leave some head space in whatever container you use because it will foam a little. I also leave the lid open. Shake well before using. Squirt around rim of bowl and let sit for 5 minutes before cleaning. 

1/2 c baking soda
1/4 c liquid Castile soap
1/4 c vinegar or citrus vinegar
1 c hot water
1/4 c hydrogen peroxide
10 drops lemon essential oil

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