How to Create Your Own Homemade Cleaners

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It’s important that you keep your house clean for the health of your family, as well as to keep your home looking nice. The problem is that cleaning solutions are frequently toxic to your health and often expensive to buy. Fortunately, you can make your own home-cleaning solutions using easy-to-find ingredients from around your house.
In the article below, Cleaning solution 1 shows you how to make a glass cleaner, Cleaning solution 2 gives you the instructions for making a more heavy-duty cleaner, Cleaning solution 3 explains how to make a grease cleaner, Cleaning solution 4 reveals how to make an all-purpose cleaner, Cleaning solution 5 talks about making a stain remover for your clothing, and Cleaning solution 6 details how to make a cleaner for brass items.

Cleaning solution 1 of 6: Glass cleaner

Ingredients Needed
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of 70% rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloths or paper towels
How to make glass cleaner: Combine the above ingredients into a spray bottle. When using, spray the solution onto a clean cloth or paper towel first.
Uses: This cleaning solution works great on glass surfaces, such as mirrors and windows. Make sure to avoid cleaning exterior windows on a hot and sunny day to avoid leaving streaks.

Cleaning solution 2 of 6: Heavy-duty cleaner

** Ingredients Needed**
  • Half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of borax
  • Clean cloths or paper towels
How to make heavy-duty cleaner: Take half of a lemon and dip it into 1/2 cup of borax. Using the borax-covered lemon, scrub the surface area you need to clean. Follow up by wiping the surface with a damp paper towel. Then allow the surface to dry.
Uses: Use this home-cleaning solution to clean porcelain surfaces, such as sinks and tubs. Avoid using this on marble or granite.

Cleaning solution 3 of 6: Grease cleaner

** Ingredients Needed**
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (contains detergent)
  • Large container
  • Clean cloths or paper towels
How to make grease cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup of ammonia and 1 gallon of water in a bucket or other large container. The sudsy nature of the ammonia cuts through tough grime, such as grease.
Uses: This solution works great on oven hoods, grills, and other places where you can find grease buildup. This solution also works great on greasy floors. After cleaning with this solution, follow up by rinsing the area with water.

Cleaning solution 4 of 6: All-purpose cleaner

** Ingredients Needed**
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 quart of warm water
  • Clean sponge
How to make all-purpose cleaner: Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water in a bowl or other accessible container. Dip a clean sponge into the solution and wipe across the surface you want to clean. In addition to cleaning, this solution also helps cut down on offensive odors.
Uses: This home-cleaning solution works well on kitchen countertops and on appliances, especially inside of the refrigerator.

Cleaning solution 5 of 6: Stain remover

** Ingredients Needed**
  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 1 cup of powdered dish detergent
  • 1 cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach
How to make stain remover: Pour the ingredients listed above into a plastic, enamel bowl or other non-metallic container. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use.
Uses: This home-cleaning solution can help remove tough stains from washable fabric. Make sure that the fabric is also bleachable before using this solution. To use, soak the stained fabric in solution for 15 to 20 minutes, or longer if necessary. Follow up by washing the fabric as normal.

Cleaning solution 6 of 6: Brass cleaner

** Ingredients Needed**
  • Table salt
  • White vinegar (lemon juice is an alternative)
  • Clean sponge
  • Clean cloth
How to make brass cleaner: To use this home-cleaning solution, wet a sponge with the white vinegar or lemon juice, and then wring it out until the sponge is only damp. Sprinkle salt onto the damp sponge.
Uses: Cleans brass, including door handles, hinges, and other areas where you find brass. When using this solution, lightly rub the dampened sponge across the brass surface and then rinse thoroughly using water. Finally, dry the surface with a clean cloth to prevent water spots from forming.
Easily make your own home-cleaning solutions using common, everyday items from around your home. Remember to wash your hands after using any chemicals, and test the stain cleaner in an inconspicuous area for colorfastness before using it on fabrics.