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I really like to make homemade cleaning supplies for many reasons, but my top two reason would be:
1. I get really bad headaches often so I like to eliminate strong smells and chemicals.
I have many that I have tried in the past, but listed below are my favorites.
1/8 c. baking soda
1/8 c. vinegar
1/2 T. dish soap
1 gallon of hot water (as hot as you can stand to put your hand in)
I use this on my tile floors (bathrooms, kitchen, backdoor area) and stairs. I do not use it on my wood floors.
Equal parts of blue Dawn dish soap and vinegar
I use this to clean everything in my bathroom except my floors (see above). For the shower and tubs I use a soap dispensing dishwand. It works beautifully! For everything else I put it in a spray bottle. The vinegar really helps with hard water too. I have been very pleased with this cleaner.
Toilet bowl cleaner
Now I have a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning gel in the bowl for every day cleaning. Then when I want to scrub it (once or twice a week) I use the following recipe.
1/2 cup of baking soda
2-3 cups of vinegar (whatever you feel creates enough foaming bubbles)
Sprinkle the baking soda all around the toilet bowl. Then pour in the vinegar. It will start foaming bubbles pretty fast. I let it sit for 1-5 minutes. Scrub it. Flush it and you are done.
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
½ cup table salt
½ cup citric acid
Mix together well and store in an airtight container. Use ¼ cup mixture.
1 C. Washing soda
1 C. Borax
2 C. grated Fels-Naptha (1 bar)
Grate an entire bar of Fels-Naptha with a cheese grater. Mix the Washing Soda and Borax in with it and then place in your blender. Blend together until the mixture becomes a powder. Add 2T for a large load and about 1T for small loads! Keep in air-tight container. (I found this off of my friend Kami's blog, Sweet Charli, a couple years ago. I had been searching for one that smells good, but still cleans. This is it!)
Spinkle the baking soda from a small box onto the floor of the oven then add enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly on the dirty surfaces, and leave overnight. In the morning all you have to do is remove the remaining contents. I used a plastic spatula to do this. Then rise and wipe with a damp cloth!
You guys! This works! As soon as you read this I am sure you are thinking, "yeah right", but I can promise you it works. In our first house of 5 years we had an ANCIENT stove...like really old. I do not think it had been cleaned in YEARS. There was so much gunk at the bottom it made me sick. So I turned to my trusty Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook (yes I asked for this book for my birthday 7 years ago and I LOVE it) and looked up how I could clean the disgusting oven. The recipe above is what I read and I laughed and thought that Martha Stewart would be wrong on this. However, I still tried it and when I scooped it off in the morning and it came off so easy, I cried tears of joy. So use this when you have an oven that doesn't have the self cleaning option, you don't want to heat up your house to a million degrees to do the self-cleaning, or if you have some really tough spots that are not coming off.
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