How to Make Homemade Cleaners

Home & Family, Living Green
on January 5, 2003

To clean your house without cleaning out your wallet, try using a few basic ingredients that you probably have on hand already.

  • For a disinfectant spray that costs just pennies, mix a quarter cup of chlorine bleach with a little less than two cups of water in a spray bottle. You can make an effective glass cleaner by mixing 1/3 cup each of ammonia, rubbing alcohol, and water.
  • Soapy ammonia is the best all-purpose cleaner, says Consumer Reports How to Clean and Care for Practically Anything. Soapy ammonia is a versatile cleaning agent, Consumer Reports states. It can be used in place of a commercial all-purpose cleaner for everyday kitchen and bathroom cleaning.
  • The Tightwad Gazette recommends mixing a half cup of ammonia, a third cup of vinegar, and two tablespoons of baking soda into a gallon of water for an all-purpose cleaner.
  • To spot-clean carpet, use club soda to remove dirt spots. Pour enough to soak and then pat dry with a rag. If you have food or pet stains, try white vinegar. Rub it in until it is wet and then use a dry rag to get it as dry as possible.
  • You can make a good stain pretreater by mixing equal parts of ammonia, liquid dishwasher detergent, and tap water. Store in an empty dishwashing liquid bottle.