Six easy to use cleaners, safe for you and your family

Today I am heading to take my daughter to her doctor appointments.  I decided to put all of the cleaning recipes on one page to make it easy for me and anyone else who looks these up.

 As I always say take each recipe and make it your own.  What works for one may not work for others.  To be completely honest all that is necessary for cleaning most items is Vinegar.  I use distilled white vinegar in most of these recipes.  If you have an issue using some of the ingredients, don’t.  Omit what doesn’t work for you.

All Purpose Cleaner  (makes one gallon)

2 TBSP Ammonia
1 TSP Dish Detergent
1/4 Cup Vinegar
2 TSP Borax

Fill container 2/3rd full with water.  Add all ingredients, shake and add water to fill.

All Purpose Cleaner  (spray bottle)

2 TBSP Vinegar
1 TSP Borax
Squirt of dishsoap

Fill container 2/3rd full with water.  Add all ingredients, shake and add water to fill.

Window Cleaner

!/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Tsp Dish Detergent

Fill container 2/3rd full with water.  Add all ingredients, shake and add water to fill.

Dishwashing Soap  (Dish Washer)

1 tsp Oxyclean
1 tsp Dish Soap
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Vinegar

Put Oxyclean and Dish Soap into dishwasher dispenser.  Pour vinegar into bottom of dishwasher.  Wash as usual.

Baking soda

Bleach Cleaner

2 TBSP to 1/4 Cup of Bleach

Put water into container and add bleach.  Works just like clorox.

Furniture Polish

1 Cup Olive oil
10 drops of essential oil (lemon, orange, or other oil you like the smell of.

Put into a spray bottle and shake to mix.  Spray sparingly onto furniture and wipe.  Wipe with a second cloth to buff.  I use this on my furniture made of real wood and not laminate.  Laminate just keeps an oily residue.  For Laminate wood I use the window cleaner.

I plan on adding to this page each time a new idea comes to fruition for me.  Enjoy saving money and making a safe home for your family.  I read that “a recent study examined concentrations of 52 industrial chemicals in 3 to 6 year old children, and found 20 chemicals were markedly elevated relative to older children (ages 12 to 18) and adults (Sexton 2006). These contaminants included volatile chemicals, PCBs, lead, mercury and persistent pesticides.”   The link to the site is this ttp://

I am not sure how accurate this study is but if I can lesson a child from this exposure I will feel wonderful.



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