I have so many random cleaning supplies in my cupboards. Some were inherited from the widowed man we bought our house from and some were acquired during an overzealous cleaning frenzy during the nesting stage of my four pregnancies.
But I’ve got a lot.
Just sitting there.
And instead of putting those supplies to good use, I’ve just continued to buy my tried and true products. But, I just ran out of Windex and 409 all purpose cleaner and since today is grocery shopping day and I really want to get food to eat, not cleaning products, I went to the trusty internet to find out if I could make these things with the stuff I already have in my cupboard.
What I came up with was some recipes from a great little book by Karen Logan called Clean House, Clean Planet.
All purpose cleaner (like 409 or Fantastik)
16 oz trigger spray bottle
2 Tablespoons distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon of borax
Water (if you have hard water this needs to be distilled or purified water, otherwise use tap)
1/8 of a cup of mild liquid dish soap (ivory, palmolive….)
Mix the vinegar and borax with 1 cup of hot water until dissolved. Let the mixture cool and then poor into your spray bottle. Add enough water to the bottle leaving room for your dishwashing detergent. Then add the liquid soap. This cost me about 35 cents per bottle versus $3-$4 per bottle for the store brand.
Window Cleaner (like Windex)
Fill your spray bottle with club soda and spray on window or mirror. Wipe with wadded up newspaper for a streak free shine. The club soda cost me 99 cents and will probably fill my spray bottle 4 or 5 times. Homemade Windex cost me close to $4.
If you ever want to scent your cleaning supplies, you can pick up your favorite essential oil and use 15-20 drops per spray bottle. So if you just HAVE to have the lemon or orange or pine scent, you don’t have to give that up.