Pantry Recipes for Homemade Cleaning Products

recipes for homemade cleaners

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Find it at drugstores or in the pharmacy department at the supermarket.

Use this glass cleaning spray recipe for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles:

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Ammonia

A strong alkaline solution, clear, non-sudsing ammonia creates stronger window and all-purpose cleaning recipes than acidic vinegar.

Choose non-sudsing varieties of household ammonia for these cleaning recipes. Suds may make it appear like the cleaner is working, but they're tough to rinse and remove.

Try these ammonia recipes for spring cleaning or tough chores:

Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

Strong All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 T clear, non-sudsing ammonia
  • 1 T clear laundry detergent
  • 2 cups water

Furniture Polish

Most of us no longer use hard-to-apply furniture wax, but rely on oil-based polish to keep furniture protected and shiny.

This "salad dressing" recipe for furniture polish avoids the danger of silicone oil, found in most commercial polishes and sprays.

Silicone oil can penetrate tiny cracks in furniture finish and enter the wood, causing problems in the event refinishing is needed.

Lemon juice dissolves dirt and smudges, while olive oil shines and protects the wood.

Furniture Polish Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

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