When using cleansers, tear the
tab back only part way. Then you only get half as much cleanser
so that you don't wash as much unused cleanser down the drain.
Save on spray cleaners. Spray
the solution on a rag and then wipe. This way the extra spray
cleaner is not wasted and you save time by not having to rinse
off the over spray.
Use fabric softener sheets to
dust furniture and television screens. The sheets make your furniture
smell good, but more importantly, eliminate static so dust won't
be attracted to these surfaces.
All purpose/Window Cleaner
1/2 cup ammonia
2 cups rubbing alcohol
1 tsp. dishwashing liquid
In a one-gallon container, mix
ammonia and rubbing alcohol. Fill almost to the top with water.
Add dishwashing liquid and mix. Top off with water. Rated by
Consumer Reports Magazine to work much better (and much cheaper)
than most commercial window and kitchen sprays. Alcohol is the
secret ingredient - it's what commercial window washers use.
*Safe on most, but not all, household surfaces.
I use this to clean almost everything
from the bathroom to the window. This the main cleaner I use
in my house.
Ready Mop Cleaner Refill
1 gallon water
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
Mix ingredients and pour use
in your mops instead of buying commercial cleaner.
Tip: Use a piece of scrap fleece,
scrap flannel or micro-fiber towels (purchased at automotive
stores) to replace your SwiferTM or Clorox Ready MopTM disposable
pads. Cut several to size to have on hand. When soiled throw
in the wash and launder as usual. Note: Don't use ammonia on
wood floors. Just use vinegar and water or water and Murphy's
Daily Shower Cleaner
1/4 cup concentrated cleaner
(Lysol is a good brand)
1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
Pour cleaner and alcohol into
quart spray bottle. Add enough water to fill. Thoroughly clean
shower before using. Spray on shower daily. Use daily to prevent
water deposits and soap scum.
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
1 round baby wipe container*
1 roll of paper towels**
2-4 cups cleaning solution (homemade is fine)
Recycle a used round baby wipe
container. Cut a roll of paper towel in half, (an electric or
serrated knife works best for this.) Remove the center cardboard.
Place 1/2 of the paper towels in the baby wipe container. Pour
cleaning solution into the container. (The amount will depend
of the absorbency of your paper towels.) This can be used for
window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, or disinfectant cleaner.
Pull the first paper towel out of the center of the roll, through
the hole in the container lid. If the paper towels dry out before
they are all used add more solution or some water.
*If you don't have a baby wipe
container, you can use a round plastic container and just drill
or punch a large hole in the center of the lid.
**It is best to use expensive,
thick paper towels. The cheap ones won't hold up to scrubbing.
2 tablespoons liquid baby bath
2 cups water
1/2 cup pine cleaner
2 cups water
1 cup glass cleaner
1 1/2 cups water
Outdoor Window Washer
3 Tbsp. liquid dishwashing soap
1 Tbsp. anti-spotting agent (Jet DryTM)
Put soap and anti-spotting agent
into a spray bottle attachment for your garden hose. Spray upper
windows and let them dry. This is for cleaning the higher windows
on your house that you can't reach except with a ladder.
Tough Hand Cleaner
1/4 cup Fels Naptha*, grated
2 Tbsp. masons sand or pumice
1 cup water
2 cup plastic container (16 oz. cottage cheese container works
Place soap and water in a saucepan.
Place over low heat; stir until soap is melted. After mixture
cools, add mason's sand or pumice. Store in a cottage cheese
container or margarine tub. Dip fingers into soap mixture and
lather hands. Rinse well.
*Any grated bar of soap will
work but Fels Naptha removes the stains better.
Skunk Smell Remover
1 qt. hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp. dish detergent
Sponge on and let dry. Safe
for use on cats and dogs.