Just before Christmas I stumbled on a cleaner recipe on Facebook. After tweaking it a bit to fit my lifestyle I found it to be the most important tool I have in the house for all round cleaning. I love it so much I included it in the stocking-stuffers I made everyone. I now make it in a 5 gallon bucket, I use it so much.
I enjoy using this system because stuff gets cleaner, takes me less time and saves us money.
- 1 part Dawn Dish Soap
- 2 parts lemon juice
- 4 parts white vinegar
This is an incredibly strong cleaning mix and while it’s safe for your skin, make sure you test it on the surface you intend to use it on.
Bathroom : ½ cup water to 1TBS concentrate I fold the paper towel and then pour the mixture over the wipes. I use them daily to do a quick wipe in the bathroom and after wiping the toilet I throw them away, (I keep some in the kitchen too for little messes that land on the floor)
Kitchen Handy Wipes are soaked in the full strength concentrate and do a great job helping out with really gross pots and pans, as well as other tough messes in the kitchen. I like that I can wash these and reuse them. There are two jars in my laundry room now, one for dirty clothes, and one for clean ones. This make it easy to quickly refill my jars.
Half and half water and concentrate for those sprayable messes.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Put full strength cleaner in an old dish soap bottle and use like you would toilet bowl cleaner. This is great for the bathtub and sinks too. I let it sit for a few minutes then just wipe off the mess.
Floor and Wall Wash:
About ½ cup to 3 gallons of water. I use the mop on the walls and ceiling now too it’s actually kind of fun. Remember to rinse your mop really well so you don’t get dirt smears.
Put 1 cup baking soda down clogged drain add 1 cup full strength concentrate. (be careful I think I may have worn some enamel off my tub but WOW did it work!!)
This one was fun. I used it in my normal carpet shampooer in place of that expensive soap and it worked just as well if not better (and it cleaned the carpet shampooer at the same time!!). DEEP cleaning the carpets is even more fun. Go over the carpet first with the concentrate in place of commercial shampoo in the shampooer. Next use a cup of baking soda in place of the shampoo, followed by clean water, then I like to give it a good vacuum with a dry shampooer to help speed the drying process.
This one is my favourite. If your vehicle is really dirty give it a quick rinse then spray a coating of half and half water/concentrate over the entire vehicle. Wash with soap, then rinse and it stays clean! I find it cost me $3 to get the best clean I’ve ever had on my jeep and $4 for my truck.
Big stinky dogs? No problem I put them in the bath tub with a cup of concentrate and a cup of baking soda. I then use a modified sump pump to wash the dogs. If you don’t feel like turning a sump pump into a dog washer then you can always put the solution into pop bottles and apply it directly to the dog. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the dog off after.
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