ThriftyFun News September 11, 2004 - Homemade Cleaning Recipes

ThriftyFun News
Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Volume Six, Number 35 September 11, 2004


This weeks TF News is about Homemade Cleaning Recipes. We have a ton of recipes that we have brought forward from our archive. If you have any recipes to add feel free to enter them on our contest form:


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This newsletter contains:

  • Homemade Glass Cleaner
  • Homemade General Cleaner
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Grout Remover
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Stain Remover
  • Bleach
  • Free Mold Remover
  • Homemade Laundry Soap with Ivory Soap
  • Fake Febreze: Make Your Own
  • Vinegar Tips: Cleaning with Vinegar and other Frugal Tips
  • Homemade Household Cleaning Products
  • Wood Cabinet Cleaner
  • Homemade Fireplace Cleaner
  • Wood Cabinet Polish
  • Make Your Own Saddle Soap
  • Make your own fabric softener sheets.
  • 10 Common Uses for Baking Soda
  • All
  • purpose Cleaners
  • Making Febreeze Type Fabric Freshener & Wrinkle Releaser
  • Lemon Furniture Polish
  • Commercial Detergent Alternatives
  • Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaners
  • Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

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Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Homemade Glass Cleaner

This can be used on windows, mirrors, appliances, faucets, etc. I find that it works better (read: less streaking) than store bought.

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Homemade General Cleaner

I don't know where I got this recipe but it works great on almost anything.

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Hydrogen Peroxide Grout Remover

To clean icky grout, pour hydrogen peroxide on grout, and watch it bubble. After about ten minutes all the gunk will be loosened and will wipe away. And you don't have to be exposed to fumes or irritating and highly toxic chemicals. You can also use vinegar and baking soda, but this is easier. By Linda


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Hydrogen Peroxide Stain Remover

Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide by your washer and spray it on stains before washing. It works great on baby formula stains and underarm stains. Some sprayers will fit on in place of the peroxide cap so you do not even need to change bottles. **NEVER use peroxide on wool, silk or dry-clean only clothing. If you are worried about color fastness, test on a little spot inside the hem of the garment where it won't show.

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Bleach-Free Mold Remover

Here's a homemade mold remover that does not require bleach.

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Homemade Laundry Soap with Ivory Soap

Here's a recipe to make your own laundry soap!

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Fake Febreze: Make Your Own

Make your own frebreze.

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Vinegar Tips: Cleaing with Vinegar and other Frugal Tips

Here's some tips how to use vinegar for all kinds of uses.

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Homemade Household Cleaning Products
By Rachel Paxton

Have you ever wondered what people used to clean their house before so many different kinds of cleaning products were so readily available on the market? Many of these ideas are not new and have been around for a long time.

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Wood Cabinet Cleaner

Removes grease and dirt without harming the wood.

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Homemade Fireplace Cleaner

With spring in full swing, here is a recipe to help you clean out your fireplace. This solution is good if you have a brick or stone fireplace.

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Wood Cabinet Polish

This solution will clean and polish. If your cabinets are pretty dirty, you will probably want to use the Wood Cabinet Cleaner first.

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Make Your Own Saddle Soap

Saddle soap is an effective leather cleaner. Especially for saddles, saddle shoes and other thick leather. Please read the cautions before using.

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Make your own fabric softener sheets.

Take an old towel and soak it in liquid fabric softener. Wring it out good, pour the liquid fabric softener back into the bottle and let the towel dry before using. This "sheet" should last you at least 40 loads of laundry. One bottle of liquid fabric softener should last years. By Connie from Minnesota

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10 Common Uses for Baking Soda
By Rachel Paxton

1) Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on insect bites to relieve itching. 2) Remove coffee and tea stains by scrubbing pots or cups with baking soda and a plastic scouring pad.

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All-purpose Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaner. A good cleaner for spills and general, light cleaning.

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Making Febreeze Type Fabric Freshener & Wrinkle Releaser

I love the smell of Febreeze but can't stand the price so I searched for an online equivalent which I can not take credit for but will gladly share. Go to any local store and take the caps off the liquid fabric softener, sniff away till you find one you like. Purchase the softener and a spray bottle.

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Lemon Furniture Polish

In a screw-top jar, mix equal parts: - Denatured alcohol (from a hardware store) - Strained fresh lemon juice (not canned or frozen) - Olive oil

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Commercial Detergent Alternatives

Environmentally friendly cleaning alternatives.

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Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaners

Here are two cleaners that you can make yourself and use to clean your tiles and grout.

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Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

Put all the ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix. Use as you would a commercial glass cleaner. Spray on glass and wipe dry with a clean cloth or newspaper.

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