Homemade Household Cleaning Products

As an alternative to those sometimes expensive and potentially hazardous commercial “store-bought” household cleaning products, you just might wish to try making your own household cleaning products from a few items that are commonly kept in the home.

All Purpose Cleaner
Mix one-quarter cup of white vinegar with one gallon of hot water. Keep on hand in spray bottle.

Abrasive Cleanser
Mix equal parts of salt and baking soda. Scrub with mixture and wet sponge. Rinse with all purpose cleaner and then with warm water.

Bathroom Cleanser
Scrub area with baking soda and wet sponge. Rinse with all purpose cleaner.

Floor Cleaner
Mix one-half cup of white vinegar with one-half gallon of warm water.

Window Cleaner
Mix together three tablespoons of white vinegar and one quart of hot water. Put in spray bottle. Spray onto window glass. Wipe off with crumpled newspaper or a squeegee.

Laundry Detergent
Use either borax or baking soda. Add a few drops of white vinegar to keep clothes bright.

Drain Cleaner
Pour one-quarter cup of baking soda down the drain. Then, pour one-half cup of white vinegar down the drain. When “fizzing” stops, flush with boiling water.

Oven Cleaner
Scour with baking soda and water. In order to prevent grease build-up, always clean spills as soon as the oven cools down.

Furniture Polish
Mix together one-half cup of lemon juice with one cup of mineral oil. Rub on wood furniture using a soft cloth.
Another method is a mixture of three cups olive oil and two cups white vinegar. Rub on wood furniture using a soft cloth.

Brass or Copper Polish
Mix one teaspoon salt, one tablespoon flour, and enough white vinegar to make a thick paste. Rub paste on surface and let it completely dry. Rinse in warm soapy water; buff with clean soft cloth.

Silver Polish
Put a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a sink. Fill sink with with two or three inches of warm water. Add one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda. Place silver into water solution, touching the aluminum foil. Soak for one hour. Remove and rinse with soapy water. Buff with soft, dry cloth.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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