3 Recipes for Homemade Cleaners

Here are three recipes for basic cleaners.

Materials for each Project:

·        Bottles and containers: rinse and reuse empty bottles from commercial cleaning products—they are usually made of heavy-duty plastic (to contain the toxins that might destroy less sturdy material) and have squirt lids or spray tops.

·        Measuring containers

·        No-Streak Window Cleaner


·        1 cup white vinegar

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·        2 Tbsp isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray on a window or mirror, and wipe off with a soft, dry cloth or wadded-up newspaper. Store the bottle in a cool, dark place.

Liquid Tub and Tile Cleaner


·        1/2 cup ammonia

·        1/2 cup white vinegar

·        1/4 cup baking soda

·        1 tsp. borax

Mix the ingredients together and put in a squeeze-top container. Stir or shake well before using. Use with a scrub brush or toilet brush, and rinse surfaces with a damp sponge to remove any cleanser residue.

Heavy-Grime Marble and Granite Cleaner

Heavy-Grime Marble and Granite Cleaner


·        3/4 cup borax

·        1/4 cup water

Mix ingredients into a paste. Use it with a sponge to scrub surfaces. Discard any remaining paste.

This article was excerpted with permission from the book Urban Farm Projects: Making the Most of Your Money, Space, and Stuff, copyright 2014, I-5 Publishing, LLC. For more budget-friendly and environmentally conscience projects and recipes, pick up a copy today!

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