Homemade Cleaners

My mother-in-law sent me some of her tired and true homemade cleaning solutions. She says they all work great and don’t leave a chemical smell.

Window Cleaner:

  • ½ c. ammonia
  • 1 c. white vinegar
  • 1 gal. hot water
  • may add ½ c. rubbing alcohol for cold weather cleaning


To Freshen Drains:

Pour ½ c. baking soda into drain. Add ½ c. white vinegar. Let stand 5 min. Flush with tea kettle of boiling water, (4-5 cups).


Soap Scum Fighting Spray (bathroom cleaner):

  • 1 tsp. borax
  • ¼ c.  white vinegar
  • ½ tsp. liquid detergent (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
  • 2 c. hot water

Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Shake to blend. Follow with sponge or scrubber, rinse and wipe dry. Makes 2 ¼ c.
Note: I dissolve the borax in hot water before blending with other ingredients.  Sometimes the solution may separate from sitting so I heat the solution in the microwave for about 1 minute then shake to blend.


For quick cleanups around the house

I keep a spray bottle handy mixed with 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water. Great for spills on the floor and safe for pets.

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