Our DIY cleaning recipes could help you achieve a couple New Year’s goals: if you want to get clean and organized, spend less on cleaning products, and/or go “green” and simplify the chemicals that enter your household, we have several cleaning product recipes that you’ll find useful.
I was pretty excited about these recipes when I first shared them with you, and I’m pleased to report that they’re still working for me! Here are several of our best recipes, along with a note to let you know how they’re working on the gunk and grime my crew brings into the house
Still getting the job done! I estimate I’ve used less than half the amount I made at the beginning of October, so I’m estimating the whole batch will last our family of 6 about 10 months…I’ll let you know when I finally run out! Most of the time I use just the detergent, occasionally adding color-safe liquid bleach to my lights. No complaints about the quality of cleaning…in fact, I think in many cases it does a better job than some of the “cheapie” detergents I’ve used in the past. Next time I make it, I may try the off-brand Oxi-clean (or try to make my own Oxi-clean…I’ve heard there are DIY recipes for that!), to lower the cost.
It was love at first squirt for me with this power combo, and the love affair continues. I just noticed it’s time to hit my glass shower door again, but it does a crazy good job (a little stinky if you don’t like the smell of vinegar, but it goes away once it’s rinsed!). This has also done wonders as a pre-treater for carpet stains–I used it before using the steam vac, and it did a fantastic job on marker stains (thank you, temperamental 4-year-old who “punished” his sister by using a green marker on her light tan bedroom carpet!), and any other random spots that have popped up on my carpet. I recommend using more vinegar and less Dawn on the carpet, because it can get a little too sudsy with a 50/50 mix. Otherwise, this is a great pair for tons of cleaning applications around the house!
I’ve made several batches since I first published this recipe, and it’s still working great for me. Now that I know the recipe’s a keeper, I think I’d like to look into buying the citric acid in bulk or using Lemi-shine rather than using the Kool Aid packets. For now they work just fine and it hasn’t been worth the trouble to get the other stuff, but I’ve heard it’s cheaper in the long run. No complaints for me with spots on glassware or silverware–using vinegar as a rinse aid is a big help. Others who had some spots or cloudiness reported that using a drop or two (seriously just a drop or two–otherwise you’ll have suds all over your kitchen!) of Dawn in with the detergent in each load of dishes helped clear things up–just depends on the hardness of your water.
I’ve tried a bunch of these vinegar uses, and I need to remember to keep checking out some of the rest. The Orange-Infused vinegar is a nice change of pace from regular vinegar, and is a real plus for the sensitive noses in my home who aren’t always too keen on the vinegar smell.
I always have baking soda around, but sometimes washing soda is hard to find. I’ve made my own washing soda twice so I could make more dishwasher detergent, and it’s worked like a charm. I also like that I can make a smaller amount and not have an open box of washing soda sitting around.
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So…looking forward to 2013, what other DIY home recipes are you interested in learning more about? Some ideas I’m hoping to share soon include homemade baby wipes, homemade disinfectant wipes (like to replace the Lysol/Clorox wipes), furniture polish, and more. Anything else out there you’d like me to try out and report back on? Please share in the comments.
And if you’d like to share how any of our DIY Home recipes have worked for you in recent months, we’d love to hear that too!
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