Basic Cleaning Formulas You Can Make

You’ve likely bought a spectrum of all-purpose cleaning products that claim to clean everything from tub and tile work to counters and appliance surfaces.  Did you know that you can make general-use formulas with similar powers with minimum effort and mess?  Here are a few recipes you can use to make environmentally friendly cleaning products at home:   You’ve likely bought a spectrum of all-purpose cleaning products that claim to clean everything from tub and tile work to counters and appliance surfaces.  Did you know that you can make general-use formulas with similar powers with minimum effort and mess?  Here are a few recipes you can use to make environmentally friendly cleaning products at home: Do-it-all Cleaners These all-purpose cleaners should do everything you need. Here are three easy options: * Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water: This baking soda-based formula gently scours away dirt, food spills, stains, and buildup on most surfaces. Its deodorizing properties make it an ideal solution for cleaning refrigerators, microwaves, diaper pails, tiles, coffee pots – even baby and children’s toys. * Mix ¼ to ½ cup white vinegar and 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Vinegar is a great degreaser and works especially well to remove soap scum in tubs and showers. Spray this mixture on the surface, wait 30 seconds, and wipe away. Rinse off with hot water if you’re cleaning soap scum in tubs, showers, or sinks. * In a quart spray bottle, mix 2 tablespoons peppermint liquid castile soap, ¼ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup white vinegar. Add water to fill the bottle. This cleaner has a minty scent and works on sinks, showers, tile floors – and as a great insect-deterrent when sprayed on outdoor plants and flowers. Tile and Vinyl Floor Cleaner Both vinyl and tile are tough floorings that clean up beautifully with this simple formula. In a bucket, mix 1/8 cup liquid castile soap, 1/8 cup white vinegar, and 1 gallon water and then damp mop. If you don’t have castile soap, add another 1/8 cup vinegar. First, try sampling one new recipe at a time, testing it, and seeing how you like it. Mixing up cleaning formulas is a lot like experimenting in the kitchen: Sometimes it takes some tweaks and finessing to get a recipe just where you like it. Second, check garden-supply centers, hardware stores, and grocery stores for plastic spray bottles you can use for your recipes. Quart-size bottles are most convenient for big jobs like windows, counters, and showers. Label them so that you know what’s in the bottle. Finally, enjoy the pleasure of having a clean home!

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