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Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

I have mixed just about every homemade cleaner "recipe" known to man. It is satisfying and I like knowing I am not putting pollutants and irritants in our home. I have just found the BEST all purpose cleaning mixture ever! It cleans appliances to a sparkle, windows, wood, counter tops, bathroom surfaces, etc It is a disinfectant and anti mildew cleaner as well - and it is cheap, cheap, cheap!


Here is what you need:

  • 1 tsp. borax (buy a box, it will last you forever!)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. Murphy's Oil Soap (or generic)
  • 2 cups hot water

Put all in a spray bottle and shake it up! The other thing I like about this is the smell. While vinegar is a great cleaner, I don't enjoy the house smelling like pickles. The Murphy's oil soap is really all you smell (which I like). I used this on my white painted wood cabinets and it cut right through fossilized drips :)

By Carol from Landisville, PA


Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

Make sure you store the borax in a safe place away from children and animals. It can be used to kill cockroaches and I ended up killing my pet tortoise because he ate a very small crumb of it. It dehydrates.
Harriet (10/09/2008)


Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

If there are left-overs, can it be saved? Does it have to be HOT water? (10/10/2008)

By Teri

Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

Thanks so much. I have been looking for a simple to make and good cleaning recipe. (10/10/2008)

By mulberry204

Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

Do you have to rinse after using this cleaner? Thanks! (10/11/2008)

By DownSouth

Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

Thanks for the recipe, this stuff works great. I did leave out the borax because I wanted it to be non-toxic. It worked great on my black stove which is always a pain to clean. No residue. I also used it on my laminate and tile floors with my star fiber mop. Before I just used vinegar and water for all these things but this spray works even better. Especially on my black stove which is such a pain to keep looking clean. Thanks. (10/17/2008)

By Mel

Best All Purpose Cleaning Recipe

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The poster said the Murphy's Oil Soap was all you could smell. Is it really 1/4 tsp. of Murphy's, not 1/4 cup? I can't imaging 1/4 tsp. overpowering the vinegar smell! Thanks in advance!


Mary (01/30/2009)


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