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Homemade Household Cleaners

Sent in by Michelle Hilleson

So far the homemade laundry soap really is the coolest one--2 gallons of laundry soap for <$1.  You can let your listeners know that the best thing about the surface cleaner recipe is it's a wonderful opportunity to give the ‘littles’ chores because you know they'll be safe.  I'm sure none of your listeners’ children would ever have too much fun with the spray bottle or even use it as a weapon against their siblings as has been known to happen in the Hilleson house during their training years! Still, it's good to know.

Homemade Glass Cleaner
From Sarah Aguirre, Your Guide to Housekeeping

Ingredients
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
Using isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar together makes a quickly evaporating spray glass and mirror cleaner that competes with national brands. This can also be used to give a nice shine to hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces.

Using isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar together makes a quickly evaporating spray glass and mirror cleaner that competes with national brands. This can also be used to give a nice shine to hard tiles, chrome, and other surfaces.

Recipe For Homemade Furniture Polish
From Sarah Aguirre

Ingredients
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix together in a clean new spray bottle. To use, remember to shake before each application. Apply a small portion to your cleaning cloth. Spread the polish over the furniture, trying to polish evenly. Use another clean cloth to polish the surface dry.

Homemade Dishwasher Soap
Powder Recipe #1
1 cup Washing Soda (found in the grocer’s laundry section)
1 cup Borax

Powder Recipe #2
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax

For the above two recipes:
• Mix thoroughly and store in a plastic container, use approximately 2 Tblsp. per load.
• Use vinegar in the rinse compartment as a rinse agent to help prevent residue
• Try adding 2-3 drops essential oil

Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes
Liquid Laundry Detergent - Recipe #1
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap, Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
• Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
• Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
• Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
• Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Liquid Laundry Detergent - Recipe #2 (Michelle’s favorite)
2 gallons water (very hot)
1 bar Ivory soap (grated)
2 cups baking soda (yes, baking soda this time–not washing soda)
• Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
• In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
• Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
• Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.


Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #1
2 cups Fels Naptha or Ivory Soap (finely grated)
1 cup Washing Soda (found in the grocer’s laundry section)
1 cup Borax
• Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
• Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #2
12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)
• Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
• Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

Notes from Terri
~ Washing soda should be in the laundry section of your grocery store. It comes in a yellow box, made by Arm & Hammer, but it's NOT baking soda. If you're interested, washing soda is Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3), baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3), and borax is Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate (Na2B4O7*10H2O), so all different chemical compounds.
~ Clean like a pro! Lint free cleaning rags are sold by the bag at the big-box hardware store, they’re strong, washable, and do a better job than old t-shirts.
~ Generic spray bottles (also found at Menards, Lowes, Home Depot) are great for dispensing your cleaners. While you’re there, pick up a clean, unused, 3 gallon paint bucket with a lid for storing the extra laundry detergent.
 

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