Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Cleansers

You can walk into a store and spend a small fortune on household cleansers, but some of the best and least expensive are those that can make yourself.

1. A safety tip: never, ever mix ammonia and bleach or products containing them. Combined they'll produce toxic fumes.

2. Mix together two teaspoons of borax, two teaspoons of baking soda, four teaspoons of lemon juice, a half a teaspoon of dish soap and four cups of hot water. This will make an all-purpose cleaner to use on everything from countertops to painted woodwork.

3. Need a little scrubbing power; all you have to do is combine two cups of baking soda, two cups of borax and two cups of salt. Use the concoction to scour away stains without scratching surfaces. Plus you can store it in an airtight container so it is ready to go when you are.

4. Floor cleaner? Easy! Mix a half a cup of ammonia into a gallon of hot water. This quick and easy no rinse formula will leave a great streak free shine on both tile and vinyl floors.

5. Window woes? Wash with a gallon of warm water and a half a cup of white vinegar. Then squeegee your way to beautiful, sparkling windows.

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