Tip-a-licious Thursday 1/22

Although we find great deals on household cleaners from time to time. Have you ever considered making your own? It's inexpensive, less harmful to your family, and eco-friendly!

All Purpose Window and Glass Cleaner

Vinegar cuts grease and leaves windows sparkling clean. This mixture is absolutely safe.

1/4 cup white vinegar
1 quart of water

Pour vinegar and water into a bowl or container, or mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Clean windows directly with a sponge dipped in the bowl of cleaner or spray on and wipe clean. You can use a number of things to wipe clean, some examples: newspaper or cloth diapers.

Bathroom Mold
Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern.

Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water

Put in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

Carpet Stains
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

Chopping Block Cleaner
Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface.

For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.

Deodorize:
  • Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
  • In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
  • Carpets - sprinkle baking soda several hours before vacuuming
  • Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours
Dishwasher detergent
Powder Recipe #1

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

Powder Recipe #2

1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Borax

For the above two recipes:
  • Mix thoroughly and store in a plastic container, use approximately 2 TBS per load.
  • Use vinegar in the rinse compartment as a rinse agent to help prevent residue
  • Try adding 2-3 drops essential oil
Furniture Polish
For varnished wood, add a few drops of lemon oil into a 1/2 cup warm water.

Mix well and spray onto a soft cotton cloth. Cloth should only be slightly damp. Wipe furniture with the cloth, and finish by wiping once more using a dry soft cotton cloth.

For unvarnished wood, mix two tsps each of olive oil and lemon juice and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Wring the cloth to spread the mixture further into the material and apply to the furniture using wide strokes. This helps distribute the oil evenly.

Reusable Dryer Sheets
Fabric pieces
4 Tbs liquid softener
10 Tbs water

Cut fabric sheets from old PJs, rags, or leftover scraps from sewing and cut into 3″ x 5″ strips (approx.). Stack the fabric strips in a cleaned margarine tub (large size) or plastic container (cleaned baby wipes container works well too). Mix the liquid softener and water together, then pour evenly over top of stacked flannel strips. Seal container and shake well.

You can use several dozen strips with this mixture. Leave sealed for 2 or 3 days, then use one flannel strip per load–squeeze out excess if necessary (it should be just damp). Keep container sealed at all times. Wash strips after use, then use again to make another batch when needed.

Another option is to pour liquid fabric softener into a clean spray bottle, and spray 4-6 times onto a designated rag. Wash the rag from time to time to remove buildup.

**Feel free to post your recipes. Have a Frugalicious Day!**

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