Cleaning Up

Homemade Cleaners & Other Household Items

General Household Cleaner

1 cup sudsy ammonia

1 tablespoon liquid dish soap

1 pint rubbing alcohol

Water to fill container.

Pour above ingredients into 1 gallon container.  Finish filling job with water.  No need to rinse when using this cleaner. 


Laminate Wood Floor Cleaner

1/2 cup vinegar

1 gallon water

1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Mix vinegar, water, alcohol and oil in spray bottle.  Shake well.  Spray onto floor and mop with flat surface mop with terry cloth cover.  Shake before each use.


Kitchen Cabinet/Woodwork Cleaner/Polish

1/2 cup turpentine

1/2 cup boiled linseed oil

1/4 cup denatured alcohol

1/4 cup white vinegar

Mix and use to wash off dirt or just as a polish.


Window Cleaner (#1)

3 tablespoons ammonia

1 tablespoon vinegar

Put ingredients in sprayer bottle and fill remainder with cool water.  Add a drop of two of blue food coloring to duplicate commercial cleaners if desired.


Window Cleaner (#2)

1 pint alcohol

1 tablespoon liquid detergent

Put in a gallon jug and fill with water.  Put in spray bottle.


Homemade Baby Wipes

1 roll Bounty paper towels

2 cups water

1 tablespoon baby bath

2 tablespoons baby oil

Cut paper towel roll in half.  Pull out cardboard tube.  Put 1/2 roll in your container (save other half for next time).  Mix water, baby bath and baby oil together.  Pour over roll.  cover with lid.  Pull wipes up from middle as needed.

Note:  This contains no alcohol as in commercial brands.


Cockroach Killer

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 small chopped onion

6 ounces powdered Boric Acid

1 1/2 cups milk or water.

Mix.  Make into small balls the size of marbles.  Dry slightly and put in areas where roaches are.


White Sock Stain Remover

Mix 1/2 cup bleach and 1 cup automatic dishwasher soap with 1 gallon water.  Soak overnight in washer and then run regular cycle.









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Best Ways to Remove Stains from Garments



Wrap your scouring pad in a paper towel after use.  The towel takes up the moisture and the pad doesn't rust.

If you spill something on the inside of your oven, sprinkle salt on it as soon as possible.  Once the oven cools, you'll be able to lift it out easily.

Polish silver with a mixture of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.  Use damp sponge or soft cloth to rub paste onto each piece until clean.  Rinse and buff with clean, soft cloth.

To make a simple polish for copper bottom cookware, mix equal parts of flour and slat with vinegar to create a paste.  Store paste in the refrigerator between uses.