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Can someone give me recipes for making homemade cleaning supplies? I know there was a post not too long ago, but I was hoping someone could give more exact ratios or a more precise recipe? I have tried to mix things on my own but the ratios don't seem to be correct <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Also I am looking for a more exact recipe on family cloth solutions.
 

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What do you want, exactly? Food safe cleaners, glass cleaner, laundry soap, what? I got 'em all!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
As for family cloth... we use water. Everything else, even just water and essential oil, was just too much.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What do you want, exactly? Food safe cleaners, glass cleaner, laundry soap, what? I got 'em all!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
As for family cloth... we use water. Everything else, even just water and essential oil, was just too much.</div>
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All of the above!! We are just now trying to make a move towards using environmentally friendly cleaning products, but I figured I would try to save money by making my own. I'm just not very handy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and am having a hard time mixing things together and acutally having them work.
 

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I"m looking for some also- specifically a toilet bowl cleaner (hopefully that will remove stains!).<br><br>
Right now, for a surface cleaner (i.e.-bathroom/kitchen counters, laminate floors, etc..) I'm using vinegar & water. If there's something stinky (the diaper pail) I use baking soda & vinegar. Should I also use the vinegar for a window cleaner? Toilet bowls?<br>
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For my bathroom cleaning, I have a spray bottle with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. I use washcloths to clean it and don't have a streaky problem. For my kitchen counters, I mix I think 2 ounces of castile soap with 2 cups of distilled water. I hope that's right. I got the recipe from a book called Better Basics For the Home. I would check on it for you for sure but it was a library book.
 

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Oh and for a cream scrub, I make a paste out of baking soda and castile soap. You add enough soap to make it like a stiff frosting. It works really well for my kitchen sink.<br><br>
Jen, I don't know about a stain remover for the toilet. I am finishing up a bottle of body wash that I quit using for showers in my toilet to wash the inside.<br><br>
I do use the vinegar/water for my windows and my toilet (the outside).
 

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Depending on what is staining your toilet, baking soda works well with a scrub brush. If there is mineral build up, they sell pumice stones with the plumbing stuff but if you have an elbow/heel pumice stone that you're no longer using, that will work just fine. Good luck!
 

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Toilet: I squirt dilluted Dr. Bronner's in mine and swish with a brush daily, a la Flylady. I also have some (all natural, calcium carbonate, super cheap) Bon Ami hanging around if I need something stronger.<br><br>
All Purpose: I mostly use this in the bathroom. I don't measure, I just eyeball. Get a good spray bottle, and put in about 1/2 teaspoon each of Borax, Washing Soda, Dr. Bronner's, and about a tablespoon of white vinegar. Then, fill it with warm water so the powder's dissolve and shake it up. This is good stuff. I like to use TTO Dr. Bronner's because it's got that little extra kick.<br><br>
Shower/Tub: I try to spray with All Purpose cleaner and wipe it out with a towel daily (as I do to the rest of the bathroom), since this is what keeps it the cleanest. What I usually end up doing is using Bon Ami on the tub and All Purpose cleaner on the walls. I also like the sponges from 3M that are similar to the Magic Eraser. Our tub is old and stained, and the Bon Ami/3M combo gets it really clean.<br><br>
Food Safe: White vinegar and water in a spray bottle, baking soda as a scrub.<br><br>
Glass Cleaner: White vinegar and H2O will work, but what I like better is Club Soda with a dash of rubbing alcohol.<br><br>
For the floor: 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Or, to freshen carpet, sprinkle with baking soda.<br><br>
To dust: Olive oil and vinegar in equal parts as a polish. Some people like lemon juice, but I find that it goes rancid MUCH quicker. As a spray, a la Pledge, dillute the polish down with more vinegar and water.<br><br>
Simple Green: I use this as a laundry pretreat (a la Shout), to remove stains from carpet (a la Resolve), to take gummy stuff off (a la Goo Gone) and anythng else that's super nasty.<br><br>
Fabric Softener: White vinegar in a Downy ball.<br><br>
Laundry Soap: 3 boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax<br>
3 boxes of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda<br>
120 ounces of generic OxyClean<br>
6 bars of soap (like Fels Naptha) that has been cut into chunks and then ground into powder in food processor (or, alternatively, you could grate the soap on a cheese grater, but that takes awhile)<br>
1 four pound box of baking soda<br><br>
This will fill a 5 gallon pail. Use the one ounce OxyClean scoop as your measure, it doesn't take much to do the job. This much lasts my family of four almost a year, so it's very inexpensive when you figure out cost per load. It's appropriate for front loaders. Works fine on diapers, or in cold water.<br><br>
To make stuff smell good, I soak zest or whatever in rubbing alcohol. It's super duper cheap to do this. I tie the zest in cheesecloth first, so it doesn't get the cleaner all *****. I use orange for furniture cleaner, lemon for food safe cleaner, mint for glass cleaner, that way you can tell what is by the smell.<br><br>
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I've learned that you can pretty much use either vinegar/water or baking soda for everything, and have pared my cleaning supplies down to just those things and some all-purpose soap (like Dr. Bronners).
 

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Leta, thanks so much for all the recipes and thanks OP for posting this question! I just decided the other day to try using baking soda,vinegar, etc. to clean but I had no idea how to get the right ratios. Thanks!
 

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Hey, no problem. What's kind of sick is that I actually have more recipes, so if you have anymore questions, feel free to PM me.
 

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I love threads like this. I get all my best recipes/ideas from these. I found a new method for cleaning my toilet today. I use all homemade cleaners for everything, but switch what I use depending on the day. I just clean with whatever is convenient usually. I have alternated between baking soda, borax, left-over baby shampoo we no longer use, my homemade all purpose spray.... just whatever I feel like grabbing at the moment. One of our toilets is in the same room with the washer. Today I tossed about 1 tsp of homemade powdered laundry soap in with a few shakes of BS. I let it sit for a while like I always do. When I went back to scrub it with the brush it was like the stains just melted away. I didn't have to scrub at all, just one swish & it was sparkling. I am going to stick with that until a have another happy accident. It was much quicker than my other methods. I clean our toilets about every 5 days or so. We have awful water with lots of iron & minerals, so it gets stained very quickly. I used The Works years ago before I was all-natural. I had to cover my face with my shirt to keep from getting light headed & it didn't even work any better than this! Keep the ideas coming!
 

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Ooh, this is a great idea. Right now, I use my powdered homemade laundry soap as an ingredient for all purpose cleaner, dishwasher powder, to keep the smell down in our diaper pails, and laundry soap, and now I know I can use it in the toilet, too. I love multitaskers.
 
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