Although convenient, Clorox general purpose cleaner can seem expensive. To save money, but still have the convenience of an easy to use spray or premoistened wipe, make your own. This page contains homemade "Clorox Cleanup" recipes.
I play online Scrabble and one of the ladies who knows I like thriftyfun.com gave me an emergency tip. She ran out of Clorox Cleanup so she put 1/4 cup of Clorox in a spray bottle with 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent*, she then filled the bottle with water. She says it's as good as, if not better than the product which costs about 4 bucks a bottle. This one costs pennies.
Source: From leigh5258 who plays Scrabble at Internet Scrabble Club. She said I could share this.
By MartyD from Houston, TX
Editor's Note: Always use caution when cleaning with bleach. It can combine with other common cleaners to make a toxic gas, which can be harmful or deadly. *The original tip called for dish soap but these can sometimes include ammonia, causing toxic gases. We have adjusted the recipe to call for laundry detergent instead, which is formulated to work with bleach.
The bleach and water idea is okay (personally I am completely against chlorine bleach because it's dangerous to both humans and the environment in many ways) but please read your dish soap label which clearly states: 'DO NOT MIX WITH BLEACH'!
The majority of people do combine them and have been safe but it can cause dangerous noxious fumes because of the combination of the dish soap ingredients when added to bleach and really not worth taking the risk.
And all health departments recommend only using one teaspoon or one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water to disinfect but 'after' washing with soap and water and 'after' rinsing off the soap.
Using dish detergent in this recipe is dangerous, however, I use laundry detergent since you use it with bleach.
How do you make your own cleaner with Clorox cleaner?
By Julie70 from Tacoma, WA
Be careful with using dish soap. A lot of the brands are made with an ammoniated process, which makes it as harmful as mixing bleach with straight ammonia. I found this out when I used dish soap with bleach. I contacted poison control because I was having difficulty breathing. Use laundry soap. It's made to be used with bleach.
I mix water, Dawn dish liquid and bleach. Mostly water, not too much Dawn and just enough bleach to smell. Sorry I can't be more exact, but I do adjust the ingredients to the purpose.
Editor's Note: Always use caution when cleaning with bleach. It can combine with other common cleaners to make a toxic gas, which can be harmful or deadly.
Tired of spending money on Clorox wipes? Here's a recipe for something that works as well.