I love finding new ways to save money and saving an article of clothing or piece of furniture that just got a stain on it.   Getting new life out of something old is always fun.  I have blog hopped and searched for different homemade, safer cleaners.  Here is what I came up with.  Please visit each of these blogs for pictures, more info, and just because they are great.

Laundry

I have seen lots of tricks for getting stains out of your laundry.  My Mom swears by keeping the stained article next to the bathroom sink and every time she visits the bathroom she puts some hydrogen peroxide on it for a few days and then washes like normal in the washing machine.  Remember to check that stain before putting it in the dryer because heat can set the stain.

One Good Thing by Jillee has a great post about a cleaner she found for her laundry.  She says it is “the only spot remover you will ever need”.

1 part dawn dishwashing liquid

2 parts hyrdrogen peroxide

and if you need extra tough scrubbing power add a little baking soda for the scrubbing grit.  

Household Cleaner

I found another great cleaner recipe again from One Good Thing by Jillee.  This one is for a household cleaner.

1/4 C baking soda

hydrogen peroxide until you have a paste

Clean hard water stains, stainless steel, dirt, stain, grease, just about anything.

Drain Cleaner

Over at Tidy Mom she uses a natural mixture instead of the very harmful drano we have all become accustomed to.  

Pour 3/4-1C baking soda in the drain,

follow with 1/2C vinegar and immediately cover the drain  

let soak for 30 mins

run hot water for 2-3 mins

For really tough clogs, repeat.

Kitchen Cleaner

I found a great tutorial by The V Spot for cleaning stovetops and burners.

1/4C  ammonia in a ziploc bag with a burner

Soak overnight (outside)

She says the fumes, not the liquid are actually cleaning the grease and grime off.  Soak overnight (she suggests outside) and waaa – laaa you have a brand new looking burner.  A side note she mentioned – do not ever mix bleach and ammonia, it creates a toxic very harmful gas that is extremely bad for the respiratory system.  In fact just don’t ever mix bleach with anything to be safe.  A lot of common household chemicals have ammonia in them in some part.

Microsuede (couch)

Try using alcohol and a clean sponge to scrub away stains.  When you use water it can leave a water spot where you are cleaning because it takes a long time to dry. Alcohol dries a lot quicker and transfers the stain to the sponge.

Hard Water Build up on a Shower Head

A Real Life Housewife has great pictures of before and after using vinegar in a plastic bag over the shower head and tied on with a rubber band.  Let soak for about an hour, wipe clean, and shine all your fixtures with a vinegar soaked rag while you are at it.

All-purpose Cleaner

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 tbsp baking soda

1/4 gallon hot water

a drop pr two of essential oil (optional)

Mix all these ingredients, allow to cool, then pour into a clean spray bottle.  Make sure you label the bottle.

Found from Design Finch (along with other great homemade cleaner recipes).

Glass Cleaner

2 tsp white vinegar

1/4 gallon water

a few drops of lemon essential oil, lavender, or other clean scent essential oil

Mix together ingredients in a spray bottle, shake, spray on windows.  Try using a newspaper for a streak free shine.  This mixture could also be made like my homemade babywipes but as homemade windex wipes if you prefer to clean that way.  Found at Design Finch (along with other great homemade cleaner recipes).

Furniture Polish

1/4 cup olive oil

4 tbsp white vinegar

2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix ingredients well in a spray bottle or other bottle with a small easy pour spout.  Store extra in the refrigerator so it does not spoil.  Do you like like pledge wipes?  Make furniture wipes out of old flannel cut into squares and soaked in the homemade polish.  These can also be stored in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator.  Found from Design Finch (along with other great homemade cleaner recipes).

Dishwasher Soap

Equal parts borax and washing soda

Mix the ingredients and store in a labeled container. Use the amount normally called for in your dishwasher.  Found from Design Finch (along with other great homemade cleaner recipes).

Laundry Soap

1 cup unscented, dye-free soap (such as Ivory), grated or ground with a food processor

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax

a few drops of essential oil (optional)

Combine the ingredients and store in a labeled container. Use 1 tbsp for lighter loads and 2 tbsp for heavy loads.  And remember, try cutting your dryer sheets in half and using them twice.  Saves money and you get the same results!  Found from Design Finch (along with other great homemade cleaner recipes).

 

Another great thing at Design Finch, she has very cute printable home cleaning labels.  Check them out!

 

***Do not mix ammonia and bleach…EVER!****Do not mix bleach with anything!****

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