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4 Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home

Posted by Susa Guhl on 05/02/2015
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There’s something satisfying about making your own cleaning products. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s also better for your health and can save you a few pennies too.

Here’s 4 of my favourite cleaning products, which you too can make at home:

1. GLASS CLEANER

Ingredients
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
• 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil, which gives the solution a lovely smell (optional)

Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Tip: Refrain from cleaning windows on a hot summer’s day – the solution may dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.

2. HEAVY-DUTY SCRUB
For rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks/tubs.

Ingredients
• Half a lemon
• 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it at Binn Inn, Montgomery Square, Nelson)

Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub the surface, then rinse. Note – this one isn’t safe for marble or granite.

3. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER 
For kitchen benches, sinks, fridges etc.

Ingredients
• 4 tablespoons baking soda
• 1 litre warm water

Pour solution on a clean sponge and wipe. Easy peasy!

4. BRASS CLEANER

Ingredients
• White vinegar or lemon juice
• Table salt

Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.

Do you make your own cleaning products? If so, I’d love to hear your recipes!

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