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Make Your Own and Save: All Purpose and Window Cleaner

Updated on June 3, 2007

Making your own cleaners will not only save you money, but it is much healthier too. Homemade cleaners use only natural ingredients, no strange chemicals that you can't even pronounce, yet you breathe in everytime you clean. Studies have actually shown, that when you use a spray cleaner, it lingers in the air for days. This can not be good for your body, if you ask me. A person also does not need a separate cleaner for the bathtub, toilet, sink, floor, windows, stove, etc. These specialty cleaners are just not needed in my opinion. Using basic items many people all ready have around their house, you can make a couple of cleaners that will clean all the things you need to clean.

One of my favorite homemade cleaners is a window cleaner. I just use an old window cleaner bottle, it is probably eight years old. You could also purchase a plain spray bottle from a store for this. Whenever it is empty I just add about two inches of vinegar and fill the rest of the way up with water. This cleaner leaves no streaks and no harmful side effects either. Believe it or not, the best thing to wipe your windows with after spraying the vinegar/water mixture on is newspapers. Yes it really works - streak free every time! I have seen many other recipes for window cleaner, most of them using vinegar, water and one or two other ingredients. I figure if the basic vinegar and water work great, why add the other items?

For an all purpose cleaner, a spray bottle that is filled half way with vinegar and half way with water will be a stronger disinfectant. However for tough jobs adding borax will boost the cleaning power. Borax can be found in your grocery store cleaning supply aisle. Just ignore all those specialty cleaners you see there. Some people like to add essential oils to their homemade cleaners to give them a nicer scent. Personally I don't think this is necessary and just increases the costs to make the cleaners. Baking soda is another great, all purpose cleaner. You can make a paste on a tougher to clean spot, or just sprinkle on and scrub with a stiff sponge or brush. Baking soda paired with some hard scrubbing will clean just about anything.

Once you have your basic ingredients (vinegar, borax, baking soda and water)purchased you can make just about any cleaner you want for pennies, compared to dollars for all those store bought specialty cleaners. Not only is making your own cleaners going to save you a lot of money, but it can also help to save your health. And mixing up some vinegar and water together is a lot easier than getting in the car and driving to the store to buy some new cleaners.


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      Ronna 9 years ago

      If using a cleaner made with borax, is it necessary to rinse after using?