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I know we all have some great 'cleanser' recipes ... Want to share yours ??;)

Lemon All-purpose Scouring Powder

1 c baking soda
1 c salt
1 c borax
20 drops essential oil of lemon

Mix well - fill a shaker with mixture. (makes 24 oz.)

To use - sprinkle on counters, sinks or tub... then wipe with damp sponge. Rince well.

Tea Tree Oil Disinfectant

1 c white vinegar
1 c water
30 drops tea tree oil

Fill the ingredients in a refillable 16 oz. trigger spray bottle ... Shake well and spray counters and faucets and wipe down.
 

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andi, this is a great idea for a thread! I wish I had some recipes to share. I don't, but I'm looking forward to learning a lot of them!

I use baking soda or vinegar for most cleaning. I make "tea' out of rose blossoms or rosehips and add it to my laundry water after I put in the baking soda (no soaps or detergents) so the laundry will have some scent to it. I guess that's "sort of" a recipe!
 

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I make my own air freshener which is similar to Fabreeze.

Here's the general mix although I make it in larger batches.

  • 1/4 cup fabric softener
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
Mix up and spritz.
 

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As far as I know, it's whatever you like the scent of. I think we use Downy.

A couple other things just popped in my mind. Some people I know cut the fabric softener volume down a bit (in 1/2?) and found it to be plenty. Not sure if they were using regular strength or a concentrate. You can adjust the mixture to your liking.

You can also spray some on a washcloth and use it as a dryer sheet.
 

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Window Cleaner

1 c white vinegar
1 c water

Fill a refillable spray bottle ... shake well ... label
Spray and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or balled up sheet of newspaper.

Peppermint Air Freshener

1 c white vinegar
25 drops essential oil of peppermint
1/2 c water

fill a fine mist spray bottle.
Shake well & spray as necessary.
(peppermint or any essential oil you may prefer.;))
 

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I use baking soda or vinegar for most cleaning. I make "tea' out of rose blossoms or rosehips and add it to my laundry water after I put in the baking soda (no soaps or detergents) so the laundry will have some scent to it. I guess that's "sort of" a recipe!
I would call it a recipe. :D I like "oils" as you can tell. lol
 

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Toilet Cleaner
Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda in the toilet. Add 1 cup vinegar. Stir it up with scrub brush and let it sit and fizz, then scrub and flush. For heavy stains, use ammonia instead of vinegar.
 

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Toilet Cleaner
Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda in the toilet. Add 1 cup vinegar. Stir it up with scrub brush and let it sit and fizz, then scrub and flush. For heavy stains, use ammonia instead of vinegar.
Gee...isn't that how you make a volcano/"lava", like we did in school? :D
 

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Could be :lolsmash:

But look at it this way ... the bathroom will be clean.:D
 

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WHY do you folks keep giving me more projects to work on. Don't I have enough to do already? :rolleyes:
 

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Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.
 

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Remove Carpet Odors

Place baking soda in a flour sifter sprinkle liberally over carpet, allow to set for 15 to 30 minutes to absorb odors. Vacuum as usual.

*Adding a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda with leave carpet with a light fragrance.
 

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CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough
liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture
onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for
cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.

ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing
soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.
 

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Homemade fabric softener

1 cup water...1/2 cup baking soda...1/2 cup white vinegar...mix over sink...and yes, mine did make a volcano..LOL
add 1/4 cup to rinse cycle, after shaking:rolleyes:...

I have much electricity/get shocked a lot:scratch... and didn't think this would work for me..it did..no shock when I touch metal...
 

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Homemade air freshener

As some of you know about a month and a half ago I ordered some vanilla beans online and made some vanilla extract and vanilla sugar. As I was looking for things to do with it I came across this recipe:

1 cup water
1 cup vinegar(homemade anymore)
1 TBLS of Vanilla Extract
1 TSP cloves

Bring all the ingredients to a boil and then simmer for 2 minutes over medium heat. Strain the cloves and pour it into a spray bottle.
 
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