Does anyone have a receipe for a homemade cleaning product? Or anything else?

@CRSunrise (2983)
United States
February 22, 2009 9:06pm CST
I'm looking for ways to save money on my cleaning products. I don't need anything for laundry soap or fabric softner. I already have those. Does anyone have anything else I might find useful. I wouldn't mind a nice smelling carpet powder if anyone knows how to make one.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
23 Feb 09
This is one of my most favorite cleaning recipes. I came across it by accident many years ago and it works so good! It's great for cleaning painted surfaces like woodwork, plastic (like those lawn chairs), painted aluminum, and so many other things. My bathroom gets mildewy sometimes on the ceiling, and this cleans it up quick. One time I moved into a new home that had one of those white aluminum patio enclosures. It was totally filthy, you could hardly tell that it was supposed to be white. Well, I did the whole inside using this formula and it was gleaming again lol. We were friends with the people who used to own the house, and they stopped one day...imagine my surprise when she asked me when we bought the new patio enclosure. I've used this stuff ever since, and even on the kitchen wallpaper! Take a bucket and put in 1/2 cup of vinegar (regular white vinegar), 1 cup of ammonia, and last, 1/4 cup of baking soda. (When you add the baking soda it will fizz!) Then on top of that add about 1 gallon of real warm water. This stuff works so good!! Another home thing I use is automatic dishwashing detergent. I don't have a dishwasher, but it's really handy for other cleaning chores. I put about a tablespoons worth into a bucket and add about a gallon or more of warm water. This is real great for cleaning windows, porcelain knick-knacks, mirrors, and is really great on tv & computer screens and the plastic case of my keyboard & mouse. (For the tv & computer stuff, I dip an old wash cloth in it, wring it out good, and then apply to the screen so there's NO drips going into the frames!! Then I dry it with an old lint free towel.) Whenever I clean house, I just automatically make up this mix in a small bucket because there's so much you can use it on. And just like in the dishwasher...it's streak free! Another thing it's excellent for is car windshields, bumpers, etc. The really great thing about this stuff too is that one measly quart of it lasts forever lol. I still have about a quarter of a quart and I haven't bought any within the past couple of years. I never buy stuff like windex anymore, it doesn't work half as well.
@CRSunrise (2983)
• United States
23 Feb 09
How does the dishwashing detergent work? We've only ever used the Cascade Pellets. I'd be really interested in learning how I'd put it in my dishwasher.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hmmmmmm, gee, I've never gotten the pellets. What I do use though is the Cascade liquid dishwasher detergent that comes in the green plastic jug. It should be on the grocers shelf right next to (or close by) those pellets. I find the liquid Cascade is cheaper in the liquid form. When I used to have a dishwasher, I think I used to use a tablespoons worth and put it in that little slider door. (At least the dishwasher I had used to have a little slider door lol) It should have the instructions right on the package for how much to use, and if you have the dishwasher manual, it should mention where exactly to put it.