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Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by in $10 DIY, DIY Natural Household Products | 10 comments

As a mom, I want the best for my children. I became a bit of a germaphobe when I had Luke and Julia. I saw every surface as a breeding ground for germs. I couldn’t justify spending a good portion of our budget on expensive name brand ecofriendly cleaning supplies. To do so would mean I would have to take money budgeted for the twins’ diapers, food, toys, cars eats, etc.

I was not willing to compromise my children’s well-being or their needs. Instead, I turned to DIY household cleaners. I found that even though the upfront cost for the DIY supplies was a bit pricey, it was well worth the investment. When I calculated the cost per batch, I realized I was saving a tremendous amount of money. I did not have to compromise product quality any longer. The following are recipes I found in, Reader’s Digest Homemade.

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MULTIPURPOSE DISINFECTANT CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
2 Teaspoons Borax
1/2 Teaspoon Washing Soda
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
4 Tablespoons White Vinegar
3 Cups Very Hot Water
1 Clean 24 Ounce Spray Bottle

1. Combine the borax, washing soda, lemon juice, and vinegar in the spray bottle.

2. Slowly add the hot water, then vigorously shake the bottle until the powdered ingredients have dissolved. Shake the bottle before each use.

3. Spray on tile and ceramic surfaces and wipe with a damp, clean cloth.

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SOFT SCRUB

SUPPLIES:
1/4 Cup Borax
1 Cup Chalk or Diatomaceous Earth
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Essential Oil of Eucalyptus
1 Clean Recycled 16 Ounce Jar with Metal Top

1. To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a pure bar of soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater. Then, in a small bowl, crush the soap flakes with the back of a spoon until powdered ( or whirl them in a blender).

2. Mix in the chalk or diatomaceous earth and the baking soda, breaking up any lumps.

3. Sprinkle the essential oil over the surface of the powdered mixture and stir with the spoon. Continue stirring for several minutes to disperse the oil throughout the mixture, then spoon the mixture into a screw-top jar or can with several holes punched in the lid.

4. Cover the holes with masking tape to keep the powder dry between uses. Let the mixture sit for a week before using to be sure the essential oil has been thoroughly absorbed. Sprinkle the surface with powder, scrub with a damp sponge, and rinse with clear water. Dry with soft towel.

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NONTOXIC BATHROOM CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1 2/3 Cups Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Liquid Soap
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
1 Clean 16 Ounce Squirt Bottle with closing cap

1. Mix baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Dilute with water and add vinegar. Stir the mixture with a fork until any lumps have been dissolved. Pour the liquid into the bottle. Shake well before using.

2. Squirt on area to be cleaned. Scrub with a nylon-backed sponge. Rinse off with water. Keep cap on between uses.

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SHOWERHEAD CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1/4 Baking Soda
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Plastic Sandwich Bag
Adhesive Tape or a Large Bag Tie

1. Pour the baking soda and vinegar into the bag over a sink. Wait a minute or two for the foaming to stop and then place the open end of the bag over the showerhead, which should be submerged in the solution.

2. Secure the bag to the showerhead stem with e tape or bag tie. Let the showerhead soak in the solution 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Wipe off showerhead with a soft cloth.

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NONTOXIC TOILET BOWL CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1. Flush the toilet to wet the sides of the bowl.

2. Sprinkle the borax around the toilet bowl; then liberally drizzle some vinegar on top. Let the toilet sit undisturbed for 3 to 4 hours before scrubbing with a toilet brush.

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TOUGHER TOILET BOWL CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
2/3 Cup Borax
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice

1. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients to form a paste.

2. Apply the paste to the toilet bowl using a sponge or rag. Let the paste set for 2 hours, then scrub off. Flush the toilet.

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DRAIN OPENER

SUPPLIES:
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Teapot Boiling Water

1. Pack the drain with the baking soda, then pour in the vinegar.

2. Keep the drain covered for 10 minutes, then flush it out with boiling water.

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SEPTIC TANK ACTIVATOR

SUPPLIES:
2 Cups Sugar
1 Quart Simmering Water
2 Cups Cornmeal
2 Packages Dry Yeast Powder

1. Dissolve the sugar in a saucepan of simmering water and cool to lukewarm. Mix in the cornmeal and the yeast.

2. Once the solution has been mixed, flush it down the toilet (flush twice, if necessary). For best results

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LAUNDRY DETERGENT

SUPPLIES:
1/2 Cup Soap Flakes
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Washing Soda
1/4 Borax
1 Clean 16 Ounce Plastic Container with Lid

1. To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a bar of pure soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Store in a tightly sealed plastic container.
3. Use about 1/2 cup of the mixture instead of detergent in each load of laundry.

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FABRIC SOFTENER

SUPPLIES:
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup White Vinegar

1. Fill the washing machine with water.
2. Add the baking soda and then the clothing
3. During the final rinse cycle, add the vinegar (pour it into the softener dispenser if your washing machine has one).

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AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENT

SUPPLIES:
2 Cups Borax
2 Cups Washing Soda
1 Clean 32 Ounce Plastic Container

1. Combine the borax and washing soda in the container and seal it tightly for storage.
2. For each load of dishes, put 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the dishwasher soap dispenser.

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DISHWASHING LIQUID

SUPPLIES:
1/4 Cup Soap Flakes
1 1/2 Cups Hot Water
1/4 Cup Glycerin
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Oil
1 Clean 16 Ounce Squirt Bottle

1. To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a bar of pure soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater.
2. In a medium pitcher, pour the soap flakes into the hot water and stir with a fork until most of the soap has dissolved. Let the solution cool for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the glycerin and lemon oil. A loose gel will form as it cools. Use a fork to break up any congealed parts and pour the liquid into the squirt bottle. Use 2 to 3 teaspoons per sink or dish pan of hot water to clean dishes.

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SPOT MOLD AND MILDEW REMOVER

SUPPLIES:
1 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Borax
4 Cups Hot Water
1 Clean 32 Ounce Spray Bottle

1. Combine the ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well.
2. Spray on surfaces where mold or mildew is forming. Wipe off mildew, but leave cleaning solution residue to keep mildew from returning.

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HOMEMADE SCRUB POWDER (To scrub off grease and grime)

SUPPLIES:
2 1/2 Cups Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Salt
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 Clean 32 Ounce Plastic Container with Lid

1. Mix the ingredients well, and store in a tightly sealed plastic container.
2. To use, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of powder onto cookware and scrub with a brush or nylon scrubber that’s been slightly moistened with water. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

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BASIC WINDOW AND GLASS CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
2/3 Gallon Water
1 Clean Gallon Container
1 Clean 32 Ounce Spray Bottle

1. Mix the ingredients in the gallon container.
2. Fill the spray bottle and spray on windows and glass items as needed (Save the remaining cleaner for another day).
3. Dry glass with crumpled newspaper for added brightness-and savings!

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TOUGH MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1 1/2 Pints Water
1/3 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
1 Teaspoon Clear Household Ammonia
1 Teaspoon Mild Dishwashing Liquid*
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Clean 32 Ounce Spray Bottle
*Seventh Generation has a chemical free dishwashing liquid*

1. Combine the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake well before each use.
2. Spray on countertops, kitchen appliances and fixtures, and tile or painted surfaces.
3. Wipe down with a clean cloth or damp sponge.

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CITRUS DISINFECTANT

SUPPLIES:
Peel from 1 Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, or Lime
3 Cups White Vinegar
1 Clean Quart Jar with Lid
1 Clean 32 Ounce Spray Bottle

1. Combine the citrus peel and vinegar in the quart jar. Fasten the lid on the jar and store the mixture in a cupboard for two weeks, giving it an occasional shake.
2. Remove the peel from the jar, strain the vinegar, and return it to the jar.
3. To use as a spray cleaner, pour 1 cup of citrus vinegar in the spray bottle and fill with water.
4. To clean linoleum floors, add 1 cup citrus vinegar to 2 gallons water.

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HERBAL CARPET FRESHENER

SUPPLIES:
1/2 Cup Lavender Flowers
1 Cup Baking Soda

1. In a large bowl, crush the lavender flowers to release their scent.
2. Add the baking soda and mix well. Pour the mixture into a cheese shaker or a can with holes punched in the lid.
3. Sprinkle liberally on the carpet. Wait 30 minutes; then vacuum.

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PINE FLOOR CLEANER

SUPPLIES:
1/2 Cup Soap Flakes
1/4 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Salt
2 Cups Water
2 Teaspoons Pine Oil
1 Clean 16 Ounce Plastic Bottle with a Tight-Fitting Lid
1 Cup White Vinegar

1. To make the soap flakes, lightly grate a bar of pure soap, such as Ivory, on a coarse kitchen grater.
2. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the soap, washing soda, salt, and water and stir until the soap, soda, and salt have dissolved.
3. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool until it is lukewarm. Add the pine oil. Stir well, pour into the plastic bottle, and secure the top.
4. To use, pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cleaner into a half-bucket of hot water, stirring well. For large areas, you may need to double the amount.
5. After cleaning, add the vinegar to a half-bucket of a clean water and rinse the floor.

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