Make your own Cleaning Products

Deborah - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )





Freshen carpets and neutralize odors by mixing about 20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil with about 2 cups of borax. Sprinkle this mixture onto the carpet, let it set for 1/2 hour to one hour and then vacuum.
Remove lingering tobacco odors by filling a small bowl or saucer with Apple Cider Vinegar and placing it in the room where the odor is. You will want to place it somewhere that is hidden from view but open to the air, like on top of the refrigerator or on top of a book shelf or window sill. You may, at first, smell a hint of vinegar, but within a few days your room will smell fresh and clean.
You can make a very fragrant antibacterial air freshener by combining one cup of water and about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Lavender works well, or also peppermint or lemon or grapefruit will perk up a room. Another option is to simmer spices in a pan on your stove. Add to about 3 or 4 cups of water, some cinnamon,cloves,nutmeg and even a little apple cider and let it simmer...remember to make sure to keep adding a little water so that the liquid does not completely evaporate.
Need an abrasive powder to help with scrubbing the pots and pans? Try adding a little salt or baking soda, let it set and then scrub clean.
Instead of bleach, use 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the rinse cycle of your clothes washer.
Clean your floors with a mixture of 1 cup of distilled vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda and a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed in a bucket of warm water. Mop or scrub floors as usual. Cleans and re freshens the whole house!
Polish and clean your wood furniture with one tablespoon of olive oil per every 1/2 cup of lemon juice (or distilled vinegar may also be used)...shake well in a spray bottle and apply to wood surfaces. The lemon juice (or vinegar) draws dirt out of the wood and the oil helps to condition the wood. Also try rubbing in almond oil or olive oil to keep wood surfaces from becoming too dry, especially in the winter.

These are just a few ideas to use. I found them to work very well, even better that their "chemical" alternatives.

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Melissa - posted on 05/09/2011




if you have stains on your white counter I have poured vinegar on it about a tablespoon let it set about a minute wipe off, then sprinkle salt on it and pour a little lemon juice on and scrub, it gets all coffee stains, and tea stains off.

To get lime out of tea pots that you boil the water in, boil vinegar and water in it. then scrub when it cools enough for your hands to touch, it would probably work for any lime build up on other surfaces too

Vanessa - posted on 03/09/2009




I'm going to print this list. Not only is it cheaper, but it's also safe to use around my toddler. Thanks for posting this!

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