DIY home cleaning products and fire starters

I recently came across a website called Fake it Frugal  she has lot of great ideas on how to replicate popular household cleaning product and food items. When you think of all of the stuff we use in our house that are toxic clemicals and/or mostly water and pay a fortune for them so that they can be shipped from all over the world. Keep reading for some homemade cleaning recipes.

1 Empty Windex Spray Bottle
1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle
32 oz spray bottle (or old Fabreze bottle)
1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top

 Soak a washcloth or microfiber cloth in about 1/4 c. of your favorite fabric softener and allow to dry.
Throw it in with each load, should work for about 12 loads of laundry
New Old School  also says to use a balled up piece of aluminum foil to reduce static clinc
1 Empty and Rinsed-Out Bottle of Clorox Cleanup/Empty Plastic Spray Bottle
1/4 Cup Bleach
1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent
Fill the rest of the bottle with Water and Shake!

1 foaming hand soap dispenser (THIS is what makes the soap foam)
1 TBLSP of your favorite hand soap or dish soap (some people use baby shampoo)
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Fill bottle with water

16oz spray bottle
3 TBSP liquid dish soap (ex. Dawn)
4 tsp peppermint oil
Shake well and spray, the soap kills them by preventing them from breathing, the peppermint oil is a deterant to return

1/2 c. corn syrup
1 TBSP borax powdered soap

Place a drop of the solution onto a piece of cardboard-the ants will take it back to the nest and kill the rest of them.  ***Keep away from pets and kids.

SWIFFER WET JET REFILL SOLUTION: The trick is to get the lid of the container a tip for that can be found here by soaking the bottle with the lid in super hot water for 5 minutes to loosen it.          Then refill with 2 parts vinegar :1 part water with a few drops of essential oils if preferred.        For wood floors refill with diluted Murphy's Oil Soap                                                     Use microfiber wash cloths, old cloth diapers, or pieces of flannel cloth that can be washed and reused instead of the disposable wet cloths. Here is a tutorial on how to make a fitted cloth cover for your swiffer or you can just poke it into the holes on the mop head.

1/2 roll of paper towels (remove center tube and cut with serrated knife or electric knife)
2 1/2 c. hot water
2 TBSP baby wash
2 TBSP Baby oil
Place paper towels into an old plasic baby wipes container or tupperware with a lid, mix all of the ingredients 
                                    together and pour over the paper towels, let soak overnight.

                           CLOROX CLEAN UP WIPES:  1 roll of Strong paper towels (VIVA is my preferred brand) remove the center tube and cut the paper towels in 1/2 with a serrated knife or electric knife.  Put 1/2 of the roll in an old Clorox container or tall container (yogurt container) pour the clorox clean up solution (homemade) over the top, enough to moisten all of them and a little extra. (This can be done with windex, pledge etc)

JET DRY: Fill the dishwasher dispernser with white distilled vinegar

2 c. Baking Soda
10 drops essential oil
Place in ziptop bag or old parmesan cheese container (shake well to mix)
Sprinkle on carpet, let sit 30-60 minutes then vacuum up
***Don't do too often as this could mess up your vacuum if don't too much

 BISSELL CARPET CLEANING SOLUTION: (***Note Bissell states only their solution should be used in their machines, this may void your warranty)
1/2c. vinegar
1/4c. non-bleach (free & Clear) laundry soap (you don't want dyes on your carpet)
few drops of essential oil
2 qts water
Mix and keep in jug to refill the soap dispenser on the machine
                            ****Soap residue left on carpets can attract dirt and oils so make sure the soap is gone, you may want to do a pass    
                                    with just water***

1:1 vinegar solution  + 10-20 drops of essential oil in spray bottle, soak up excess liquid then spray on. (This is particularly good for pet stains and odors) 
I have heard that shaving cream is an excellent way to remove oils from carpets
Hydrogen peroxide diluted (<3%) is a good way to remove blood, be careful of peroxide bleaching out your carpet eventhough it is a low strength (you may want to spot test the carpet first in an inconspicuous area)

LAUNDRY SOAP for HE Washers:
I found a great tutorial on how to make a
liquid version here
Powdered Version here

1/4 c. olive oil or mineral oil
4 TBSP. white distilled vinegar
30 drops  lemon essential oil  or 2 tsp lemon juice (***If you use lemon juice refridgerate this as the lemon juice can spoil over time)
Use a washable reusable homemade swiffer duster (tutorial found here  or here

Empty parmesan cheese container
2c. Baking soda
1/2 c Borax powder
10-15 drops essential oil (optional)

1c. Hot Water
1/2c. baking soda
1/2c. hydrogen peroxide 3%
Soak cloths for 20 minutes or spritz on to stain (works best when made as needed)

Use old cloth diapers, flannel fabric, microfiber cloths, washclothes etc
Place in tupperware with lid
Pour a combination of 1:1 vinegar and water w/ essential oils  or diluted Murphy's Oil Soap over the cloths until damp, ring out prior to use if needed.

3/8c. aloe vera gel (pure)
3/4c. rubbing alcohol
10 drops essential oil (sweet orange,lemon, etc)
Mix together by hand or in blender/food processor for minute or two. Store in bottle of
                           your choice.

FIRESTARTERS: These will burn for about 15 minutes (great for camping, fireplace starters, backpacking or survival kits)
Dryer Lint
Empty cardboard Egg Carton
Wax (old candles, canning wax)
Dental Floss or string

Fill each egg carton slot with dryer lint (pack semi tightly), cut the egg carton into the 12 compartments and close the top by folding the cardboard over the lint and tie closed with dental floss leaving a few inches of length  melt wax, dip each firestarter into the melted wax and hold there until no bubbles rise, place on wax paper or parchment paper to dry.

*****A great way to clean stainless steal for a streak free shine that actually REPELS dust for a while is by wiping it down (along the grain) with WD-40


Shean said...

Thanks for sharing this! Great post!

Carpet Cleaning Melbourne said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing your homemade cleaning recipes. :-)

vacate cleaning said...

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Jennifer Erwin said...

Impressive! Have you tried this experiments already? do you have tips on how to make homemade glass cleaner? That's my greatest problem in my house. I cant seem to remove the white marks on my window glass. Thanks

Liz H said...

The recipe is just to pour all of the ingredients together, if you are having white streaks it could be the laundry detergent, try leaving that out, make sure you shake the ingredients together. Use a 1-2 liter bottle.

Joyce said...

These are great homemade recipes-thanks for sharing!

Nancy L. said...

This article rocks! Thanks for sharing your helpful tips <3 I will share this site with all my friends :)

Nala M said...

Thanks for all the recipes. I love making my own cleaning products and working with them. You're awesome for sharing this post.

Robert F. Crocker said...

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