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August 21st, 2008, 07:01 AM
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All-purpose cleaner
Fill a spary bottle with 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar and a few drops of dishsoap.

Homemade Febreeze
Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 water, 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1 tbsp vanilla oil (or any essential oil you prefer).

Homemade oxiclean:
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix ingredients. To use on clothes, soak the clothing in it for 20 minutes to overnight; then wash as usual. makes 2 cups.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

What you'll need:

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

20 Mule Team Borax

Distilled White Vinegar
Here's what you do (read slowly because there are only two steps):

* Step 1: Add one tablespoon of Super Washing Soda to the dishwasher dispenser
* Step 2: Add one tablespoon of 20 Mule Team Borax to the dishwasher dispenser

You're done. That's the recipe for homemade dishwashing detergent. Now the recipe for removing the water spots that so frequently occur with automatic dishwashers:

* Pour distilled white vinegar into the dispenser for the clear rinse gel.

Once you've run your dishwasher, be sure to hold your glasses up to the light and inspect them thoroughly. You'll find that the homemade detergent cleans as well if not better than the store bought detergent.


1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap
1 Cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
1 Cup of Borax

In a saucepan, heat 4 cups of water and the GRATED bar of Fels Naptha soap. Stir over medium heat until the soap is dissolved. DO NOT BOIL!
Pour 3 gallons of HOT water into a 5 gallon bucket.
Add Fels Naptha mixture.
Add washing soda and borax. Stir until all is dissolved.

Use 1/4 to 3/4 cups per load, depending on how dirty your clothes are!

Homemade Floor and Wall Cleaner

1. Fill a bucket with about 1 gallon of warm water.

2. Add about 1/3 cup Borax.

3. Add 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent.

4. Mix in about 1 tablespoon ammonia.

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August 21st, 2008, 07:46 AM
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Thank you for that! I want to start making my own cleaners.
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August 25th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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Thank you! This is going to be so helpful!
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