Spring cleaning ~ homemade cleaning recipes

SPRING CLEANING - can be done with products that are more "natural" and safer for our environment as shown in this great post from Dorie.  Whether you are spring cleaning inside or spring gardening and yard clean-up outside, please! check for alternatives to caustic and harsh and expensive chemicals. You will save money and get the same result. Actually a better result especially indoors because then you are not breathing in all those harsh chemicals, another good reason not to use them. Thank you!

It’s that time of year that brings out the “nesting” in all of us. Whether you are de-cluttering and cleaning to get your home ready for market or just cleaning for cleaning sake, you will want to use good old fashion cleaning recipes for the best results!

Many homeowners don’t realize cleaning products can be made from household pantry items..white vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, olive oil and lemon juice are just a few you can use to make your house shine!

Check out Eco-friendly cleansers at: www.organizedhome.com.
Here are a few recipes that are economical and will make your house sparkle:

Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1cup white vinegar
1cup water

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

Strong All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 Tbsp clear, non-sudsing ammonia
1 Tbsp clear laundry detergent
2 cups water

Furniture Polish Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth.  Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

As always, helpful information is brought to you as a courtesy by your NW Austin Real Estate Consultant, Dorie Dillard, Coldwell Banker United Realtors.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBobbie Smith • April 12 2012 04:22AM


Bobbie & Dorie, thanks for the cool tips. Some of these made me flashback to my Mom in the 1970's, she actually used to make some of these recipes back in the day, it was cheaper and just as good as store bought-far less toxic. Thanks for a few new ones and the trip down memory lane!

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) about 7 years ago

Bobbie: This is some good Info for all,good luck with your business,and good luck in 2012.  E

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) about 7 years ago

Good morning Bobbie,

Thanks for the re-blog....when the cleaning bug hits us you don't have to run to the store to buy anything if you keep these items on hand..you have it made!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 7 years ago