I make my own ...

Discussion in 'Recipe Share' started by *Andi, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    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.
  2. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    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!

  3. ZoomZoom

    ZoomZoom Rookie Prepper

    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.
  4. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    any specific fabric softener?
  5. ZoomZoom

    ZoomZoom Rookie Prepper

    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.
  6. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    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.;))
  7. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    I would call it a recipe. :D I like "oils" as you can tell. lol
  8. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    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.
  9. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Gee...isn't that how you make a volcano/"lava", like we did in school? :D
  10. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    Could be :lolsmash:

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

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

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

    *Andi Supporting Member

    Come on, Uncle Joe ... you know you love it! lol ;)
  13. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    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.
  14. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

    Thanks Andi, I needed that tip. Love to clean with "homemade" cleaners but did not have one for the toilet.
  15. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    Your welcome.:D
  16. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

    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.
  17. catsraven

    catsraven Meoww

    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.

    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.
  18. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    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...
  19. Sonnyjim

    Sonnyjim Prepping

    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.
  20. Derek

    Derek Member

    I also find my self with out much to add other than a Pat on the Back for all the GREAT ideas!