This recipe collection is a collection of what you can do in your home using basic household ingredients and natural substances in your home. Use these recipes as suggestions and guidelines that you can change or add to for different items that you are cleaning in your own home. Be sure never to mix bleach or chlorine or chemical cleaners to your household cleaners as you could cause harmful gases.
When you are experimenting with your household cleaners, be sure not to mix vinegar and ammonia or you will be wasting your time and money because these two will cancel each other out in cleaning performance.
To make your own glue here is a quick recipe: Use one box of gelatin, clear will look best on materials or paper, three tablespoons of vinegar, three tablespoons of water, and one teaspoon of glycerin. You can melt the gelatin in a pan with the water on very low heat. Adding the other ingredients and stirring all the time, you have easily made glue! You do have to apply this glue while it is warm for best results. You can also store this mixture in a sealed container that you can reheat in the microwave when you need a little more.
►Homemade Fabric Softener:
Mix this together and wrap in a piece of fabric to use in your dryer for great smelling and static free clothes: Use one half cup of baking soda, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and three drops of your favorite aroma oil.
One cup of hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of lemon juice, and ten cups of water, you can store this mixture for up to three months if you don’t use it all at one time.
►Homemade Automobile Wax
Using two cups of carnauba wax, melt in two cups of beeswax, and one half cup of olive oil. You will apply this to your auto as you would any other wax and then buff off for a great shine and protection that you can count on.
►Homemade Skunk Odor Control
If your pet has had a run in with a skunk you can take back the smell that your pet has gotten into by using, one quarter cup of dish soap, two cups of vinegar, one cup of lemon juice, and two cups of baking soda. Mixing this all together and applying over your entire dog or cat when they are wet, let them sit there for about five minutes and then rinse with warm water for a great skunk relief.
►A Cleaner Used throughout the Home
Mix together - one half cup of ammonia, one half cup of vinegar, and one quarter cup of baking soda in a half gallon of water, put this in spray bottles that you can use throughout the home for everyday cleaning.
Mix together – one-quarter cup of baking soda, two-thirds cup of vinegar, and three quarter cup of ammonia in a gallon of water. You can store this mixture for up to three months in a spray bottle. This is a strong smelling grease cutter that will help you in your daily cleaning in the kitchen.
Combining a quarter cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of water makes a great cleaner for your toilet, this paste will take stains off of the porcelain. Another great bathroom cleaner that you can use daily for cleaning is a mixture of two cups of baking soda, one half cup of dish soap, a cup of water, and a half cup of vinegar. Mixing this thoroughly you can use this to kill mildew and to cut soap scum
►Cleaner for Painted Walls
Using one cup of vinegar, add to one half gallon of water. Keep this mixture in a spray bottle to clean your walls of dirt and grime as needed on a daily or weekly basis. You can use this cleaner throughout your home.
A scouring powder that you can use throughout the home is a mixture of one half cup of baking soda, and one quarter cup of vinegar. Use this on surfaces where you are not worried about scratches.
►Simple Homemade Softener
Use one cup of vinegar and add two cups of baking soda and four cups of water to this mixture. Putting this in a plastic container with a lid, add about one half cup to your rinse cycle of your wash for static free fresh clothes.
Mixing together one cup of vinegar, one cup of borax, and one cup of baking soda, you can cut through tough stains using a souring pad and this paste.
For homemade window cleaner that looks store bought, use three tablespoons of vinegar, two drops of blue food coloring and three cups of water. Mix together in a spray bottle and use as needed.
Mix together one tablespoon of vinegar, one tablespoon of ammonia and four cups of cold water. To clean spots in your carpet, simply spray on the stain, dab and repeat as the stain lifts right out.
A great mixture to keep your no wax floor clean is to use a tablespoon of dish soap, and a half-cup of vinegar to a gallon of hot water. Mop as usual and the vinegar will bring the dirt right up.
►Wood Floor Cleaner
Use three tablespoons of olive oil, one tablespoon of vinegar, and a teaspoon of lemon oil – clean with a soft cloth for a great shine. Increase the amounts as needed if you have a very large area that you have to clean.
►Hardwood Floor Cleaner
For cleaning a hardwood floor and to cover scratches at the same time, use a gallon of hot water, eight tea bags, four tablespoons of olive oil, and a soft cloth. Using this mixture you can clean with a mop or on your hands and knees, wiping the entire floor leaving a great shine while you are covering scratches at the same time.
►Carpet Stain Remover
Use one-quarter cup of dish soap, a third cup of water and an eighth a cup of vinegar. Shaking this in a spray bottle, then spray on the stain and blot up, repeat as needed to bring up the entire stain.
►Save Those Sneakers
You can deodorize your shoes using this mixture: six tablespoons of cornstarch, three tablespoons of baking soda, twenty drops of lemon oil, twenty drops of clove oil, and ten drops of rosemary oil. Mixing this together, and using any variety of oils that you like, rub this mixture in the soles and around in the shoe, the odors in your shoes will be gone!
Use one cup of baking soda and a half-cup of cornstarch and three drops of your favorite essential oil, sprinkle on the carpet, and let it sit overnight then vacuum up for a fresh clean scent.
To clean aluminum you can use one cup of tomato juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. Rubbing the mixture on let it dry for about an hour and then buff clean. This is a shine that will also keep your piece beautiful.
►Clean Wood Furniture
This is a great mixture that you can use on your hardwood furniture for weekly cleaning or for deep cleaning. Use 1/8 cup of linseed oil, 1/8 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of lemon juice. Apply to your wood with a soft cloth and allow it to dry for a great smelling shine.
►Wood Furniture Cleaner
To darken scratches while cleaning your wood furniture use 1/8 cup of lemon juice and a ¼ cup of olive oil. Apply this mixture with a soft cloth.
Clean your leather jackets and dresses with a quarter cup of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon oil. Buffing your leathers with this mixture will remove dirt and leave a soft shine as well.
Your outside patio furniture, your vinyl couches and your vinyl chairs can be easily cleaned by using a mixture of one quarter cup of vinegar and one quarter cup of vegetable oil and two cups of water. Keep this in a spray bottle and wipe on with a soft cloth for a great cleaner that you can use often.
For a cleaner that you can use throughout the home, mix together four tablespoons of baking soda in four cups of warm water. Use this cleaner throughout the home for a great clean that will also deodorize.