Tag Archives: Cleaners etc.

Homemade Granite Countertop Cleaner (themamasgirls)

1 c 70% rubbing alcohol
3 c water
3 drops liquid dish soap
3 drops orange or other citrus essential oil

Add all of the ingredients into a 32 oz. spray bottle and shake. Wipe your counter tops with a damp cloth to remove any crumbs and food debris. Spray your counter tops with the cleaner. Buff with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. You will be amazed at how beautiful and shiny your granite counter tops will look and feel. They will be as shiny and look as new as the day they were installed.


Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (untrainedhousewife)

peels and cores of 6 – 8 apples (ideally organic)
1 T sugar per cup of water used

Once you’ve peeled and cored the apples for whatever yummy treat you’re making, you’ve done most of the work. Place the apple peels and cores into a quart-sized mason jar. Pour water into the jar to cover the scraps by 1″. Add sugar and water. Place a paper towel and a canning ring on top of the jar, and put it in a dark cabinet. Warmer temp will move things along more quickly than cooler ones. Leave the jar undisturbed for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, strain the contents of the jar through a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the solids, and return the liquid to the jar. It should smell like wine. Cover again with a paper towel and canning ring, and return the jar to the cabinet for another 2 weeks. After this second period of 2 weeks, remove the jar from the cabinet and examine it. You’ll notice sediment on the bottom of the jar, which is normal. If your cabinet is quite warm, it may have turned to vinegar by now. Smell it and see if it smells more like wine or vinegar. You can also taste it to see if it tastes like strong vinegar yet. If it doesn’t seem ready, return it to the cabinet and check on it weekly until it has darkened a bit and tastes like vinegar. When your vinegar is as strong as you’d like it to be, strain it through several layers of cheese cloth or butter muslin to remove the sediment. Should last about a year. Note: Sometimes mould will grow on apples that are not under the water, this is not uncommon. Carry on making the vinegar. If you are unsure of the final product you can always use it as a cleaner.

Mould is not uncommon, carry on making your vinegar.

Magic Cleaner (Sandra H.)

2 oz Dawn (can substitute a good quality degreasing dishwashing liquid)
4 oz bottled lemon juice
8 oz white vinegar
10 oz water

ix together. The secret is to spray on surface, let sit overnight (or longer) and then wipe with clean, wet cloths to remove residue. In The Oven: Do NOT use heat, just spray, let sit, wipe clean. For Showers: Just spray, rinse and if you like the shine, wipe with dry towels. The secret on whatever you chose to clean is to let it sit, then rinse off the residue. Amazing stuff!

Ultimate Stain Remover (Sandra H.)

1 t Dawn dish washing detergent
3 – 4 T hydrogen peroxide
2 T baking soda

Scrub on with a scrubbing brush.

Air Freshner like at Williams Sonoma Copykat (oureverydaydinners)

2 lemons sliced
3 springs of fresh rosemary
2 T vanilla

Simmer on the stove….this smells amazing!

Stainless Steel Cleaner

1 T Cream of Tartar

Mix Cream of Tartar with just enough water to make a milky substance. Rub on appliance and simply wipe away. It will remove stains, dirt and other build up. It works great and gives your appliances a really nice shine.

Microwave Cleaner

1 – 2 c water
2 T white vinegar
few drops of your favourite essential oil

Place bowl in microwave and run for 5 min. If your microwave is really dirty, let sit for a few min extra. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Homemade Concrete Cleaner (ishouldbemoppingthefloor)

Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 2 parts bleach. It will be thick and soupy. Grab some rubber gloves and a scrub brush. Dip brush in solution and scrub the concrete. Then rinsed it all when done.

Whipped Body Wash (thegrantlife)

1 c coconut oil
4 – 5 drops of essential oil of your choice
4 pumps of soap

Mix everything together and then whip it with a stand or hand mixer. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Note: Coconut oil will melt on contact so keep it somewhere cool.

How to Refresh Your Towels (Linda A.)

1 c white vinegar
1/2 c baking soda

After a while, towels start to have a build up of softeners & laundry soap. This causes them to no longer absorb like they did when you first purchased them. You may even start noticing an odor that is not so pleasant after a while, too. Run them through a wash cycle with only hot water and white vinegar. ** Do not add soaps!** Then run them through again. This time using hot water and baking soda. ** Again, do not use soaps!** This process will strip the residue that has built up and cause them to be fresh and practically new again. You will notice they absorb better as well.
Repeat this procedure as needed.

All In One Magic Bathroom Cleaner (recipes)

8 oz distilled white vinegar
4 oz lemon juice
2 oz liquid soap (like Dawn)
2 t baking soda
10 oz water

Add the baking soda and vinegar FIRST and let it fizzle out before adding the rest of the ingredients because it will foam. Funnel in all the ingredients, squeeze out the suds, screw ion your cap and go make your bathroom sparkle! To Use: Clear the surfaces, use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt, hair, spilled liquids, etc. Using the lightest spray setting, spray down everything – sink, counter, mirror, faucets, tub and the whole toilet, inside and out. Let sit about 5 min. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces from the cleanest to the dirtiest. That means mirror, faucets, sink, tub/shower and then the toilet. Be sure to rinse out the tub/shower really well so it isn’t slippery. Stubborn stains in your tub? Spray down the problem area heavily, and then using a sponge with a non-scratch scrubber, scrub in a circular motion. Again, rinse very well and then put on your shades because its going to be shiny.

Homemade Goo Remover

1/2 c olive or vegetable oil
1/3 – 1/2 c baking soda (add more to make a thicker paste)
Optional: Lemon juice OR a fragrant essential oil (commercial Goo Gone has an orange scent but you can choose any scent that you would like.)

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake well.

To Use: Apply to surface to be cleaned and let sit for 1 min. Depending on the type of residue, rub or scrub to remove. In extra sticky situations, let goo remover sit up to 5 min. Wash with hot soapy water… voila! Like magic!

Homemade Mop Floor Cleaner (simpleispretty)

1 – 3 T white vinegar
1 T soap
10 drops Tee Tree oil

Fill refill bottle to “water” line with water. Add white vinegar to refill bottle – vinegar helps prevent streaks and also has strong antibacterial properties (the vinegar smell disappears, but if the smell is too much just decrease the vinegar amount in your solution). Add soap to refill bottle. Add Tea Tree Oil to refill bottle. Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. Put the lid on the refill bottle and give it a quick shake to combine the ingredients. Place bottle on mop and you are ready to clean your floors!

Homemade Goo Gone (simpleispretty)

1/3 cup baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
Essential oil (opt)

Measure coconut oil into a glass measuring cup. Put it in the microwave for a few seconds (time will vary depending on the microwave used). You will want the coconut oil to become a liquid, but not hot. Add in baking soda to the coconut oil. Stir till combined and all the lumps are gone. Add a few drops of essential oil if you desire. Pour the combined mix into a jar to store. Let cool to room temp and it will become a paste. Once the goo gone becomes a paste, it will be easy to spread on stickers or sticker residue to remove them. Use a paper towel to grab some from the jar and spread where you need it. Wait a few minutes for the oil to soak in and then you will need to rub the mix in with the paper towel to remove the sticker.

Baking Soda Shampoo with Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner (mymerrymessylife)

Baking Soda Shampoo

1 c filtered water
1 T baking soda

Approx Ratio for the Recipe: 1 T baking soda to 1 c water OR make a paste with baking soda and a small amount of water and store in an old lotion tub. Just rinse thoroughly if you make a paste. The ratio for this recipe is flexible – there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. Add more baking soda if your hair is thick and long or oily, and less if it’s short and thin or dry. Note: It’s very important to rinse thoroughly or your hair will feel grainy and dry. Make the recipe with cool to lukewarm water, but not warm or hot. Warm/hot water reacts with the baking soda and causes it to clump up.

Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner

1 T – 1 c apple cider vinegar (depending on length and thickness of hair)
1 c filtered water

Mix together. Tips for Application: When starting this method for the first time, be careful to pour the ACV on just the ends of your hair so it doesn’t get on your scalp. It may make your scalp feel oily. However, if you are dealing with psoriasis, dandruff or dry skin on your scalp, ACV does WONDERS for healing dry and damaged skin and I recommend applying it to your scalp until your skin heals.

Homemade Lip Gloss (lifeshouldbedeliscious)

1 T beeswax pellets
2 T coconut oil or mineral oil
3 T Vaseline
1/4 t candy flavoring

Heat an inch or two of water in small sauce pan. Place pan on top and melt the beeswax, coconut or mineral oil and Vaseline. Stir until wax is completely melted. Add flavoring stir and pour into containers.

Miracle Stain Cleaner (moderndaymoms)

1 part Dawn Dish washing Liquid (the original blue kind)
2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix together and pour directly on the stain. Can mix together in a dark spray bottle (it will lose its effective in the light.)

Dry Skin Cream (justapinch)

13 oz vaseline
16 oz baby lotion (not oil)*
16 oz vitamin e cream (not lotion)

Using your hands (some people use a mixer), combine all products in large container (such as a plastic foot tub) until smooth & vaseline is not lumpy. (Can put the vaseline in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up). After you squeeze out the baby lotion, cut the bottle in half so you can use every little bit. Store in covered containers. Storage: Can clean out the vitamin e and vaseline containers & store cream in those. But you’ll need more than those 2 containers. You can actually use margarine or cool whip containers. You can also buy “wide-mouth” plastic squeeze bottles at Walmart. Or you can buy cute glass containers w/lids from the Dollar store. Wide-mouth containers work best. Note: The texture will be somewhere between Cool Whip or whipped butter.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Clone (happymoneysaver)

20 grams Beeswax (about 3 T of the whiter beads, but you can use a white/yellow bar too)
20 grams Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil (about 2 T)
45 grams Sunflower Oil (1/4 c)
8 drops Vitaman E oil (4 vitamin E oil tablets worth)
2 drops DoTerra Rosemary essential oil
12 drops DoTerra Peppermint essential oil
Pea-sized drop of Lanolin

Measure out all your ingredients except essential oils into a heat friendly cup or pan. You can use a glass dish in the microwave also. Open the little Vitamin E tablets and squeezed the good stuff into the cup. Next, melt all the ingredients, and stir. The beeswax seemed to take the longest to melt, but it was all melted within a couple of min. Once it’s all melted add your essential oils and mix it up. Then test it out, to make sure it has the flavor you want by letting a tiny bit cool on your finger. Rub it on your lips and check if its just right. If you feel it needs more mint or other flavorings, add more! Then use a dropper to add the melted goodness into chapstick tubes. (If it cools too quickly before you’re done filling your tubes, just pop it in the microwave till it melts again.) Then voila! You are done. Just let them all cool.

The Ultimate Stain Remover (nowyoucanpinit)

1 t Dawn dish washing soap
3 – 4 T hydrogen peroxide
2 T baking soda

Mix together and scrub on with a scrubbing brush.