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Homemade Cleaning Supplies

May 23, 2008

~All-Purpose~
1 TB of washing soda (not baking soda)
2 cups of vinegar,
Afew drops of whatever essential oil I like (right now it’s bergamot and lavender with a couple of drops of tea tree oil) Put them all in a squirty container. I use this to wash pretty much anything that needs it, from counters to doors and walls.
~Copper cleaner~
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix together and scrub copper, then rinse
~Silver Cleaner~
baking soda
Add enough water to make it a paste.
Scrub with an old toothbrush, rinse clean
~Mouth wash~
50/50 mix peroxide and water
You can add a couple of drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil to the water if you’d like some flavor. I’d recommend rinsing BEFORE you brush instead of after like with the alcohol based products.
~Laundry Soap~
1 bar laundry soap (this is a specific bar, you can buy ready made like fels naptha, or find someone who makes them, like my friend Holly http://homesteadsoap.com/ when they are handmade your laundry smells SO good)
1/2 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
5 gallon bucket
In a gallon pot, put in one gallon of water and shredded laundry bar. Heat until bar is completely melted. Place melted soap in 5 gallon bucket, mix in washing soda and borax, add in 4 more gallons of warm water. Let sit overnight. With some homemade bars the soap mix will be like regular liquid laundry soap, just white instead of see through. With fels naptha and other kinds of laundry bars (including homemade) the soap will be a gel-like mixture. 1/2 cup of this mixture cleans my sons laundry (and they are filthy savages most days). I also use this on my cloth diapers.
~Soap Scum and Hard Water~
Vinegar
Old cloths or a plastic bag
Vinegar removes soap scum and hard water stains like you would not believe. For stains and scum, place old clothes or paper towels (I try not to use paper towels since it’s just money in the garbage) on the spot you need cleaned, soak the cloth, then let sit for about 5 min.
Come back and wipe it up. Say you have a shower door. Soak the cloths in vinegar, place them all over the shower doors, walk away, then come back and wipe up.
For Shower heads, faucets etc. Place vinegar in a bag, tie the bag around the nozzle with the nozzle directly sitting in the vinegar. Soak for an hour or so. Then remove, wipe off if you need too, and run the water for a minute. Hard water gone!
~Window Cleaner~
Squirt bottle
vinegar
essential oil (if wanted)
Vinegar will leave spotless, streakless shine on windows not directly in the sun. (I wonder if this would work in place of JetDry or similiar product? Anyone?)
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