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Homemade Cleaners

I have been making various versions of homemade laundry detergent for quite a while, and saving money doing it. Now, thanks to Pinterest, I’m finding other types of cleaning products that can be made at home and prove very effective. One purchase that I make about every three weeks is a bottle of Scrubbing Bubbles. It works really well to remove that stubborn ring around the tub, but, it’s not cheap. I stumbled upon the following recipe for making a similar cleaner at home using only two cheap ingredients! The original recipe just said to use equal amounts of these cleaners, but I like things to exact, so I’ll share the formula that worked for me.

Homemade Tub & Shower Cleaner

Ingredients:
An empty spray bottle
Equal parts of vinegar and Dawn dish washing liquid. (I used 1.5 cups of each, but it depends on how large your spray bottle is.)

Directions:
Heat the 1.5 cups of vinegar in the microwave for 90 seconds. Pour into spray bottle. Add dish washing liquid. Give it shake. Spray onto tub or shower, let stand for about five minutes. Use a damp sponge to clean tub. It requires a bit more elbow grease, but it does a fine job at a much lower price! Hooray for saving money! 🙂

*Note: You do not have to re-heat to use this cleaner. Only heat it when you mix it up in the beginning.

Homemade Floor Cleaner

Ingredients: 
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup super washing soda
1 tsp. Dawn
2 Gallons hot water

Directions:
Pour ingredients into large mop bucket, add 2 gallons hot water.

The original recipe said to use 1 Tbsp. Dawn, but that was entirely too sudsy for me! It was almost so soapy that I had to go over the floors with plain water when I was done. If I had a really dirty floor, or if I didn’t have to do my floors often, I might use more Dawn. However, I clean my floors every week…well, actually my son does, so the smaller amount of Dawn worked great.

*Note: This formula is not recommended for waxed floors.

I hope these recipes will help your budget out during the holiday season, and all your long.
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2 thoughts on “Homemade Cleaners

  1. I have been making laundry detergent for about a year now. I have tried different variations but my favorite is the Duggars recipe!

    Tho, This past batch I used ivory soap instead of felsnapta (sp). I HATE grating the soap but I seen where ivory bubbles and becomes brittle when it is microwaved. I microwaved it and it crumbled… it was so easy… so I am super excited! 🙂

    Thanks for the other recipes!!!!!

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  2. I started using that shower cleaner a couple of months ago, and I LOVE it!! It smells so good, too! Keep the posts coming…I just LOVE your blog!

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