All Purpose Cleaner
This all purpose cleaner took just a few minutes to make and offers a great alternative to harsh chemicals.
• Spray bottle
• 2 Tbsp. of distilled white vinegar
• 1 tsp. Borax (on the laundry detergent aisle)
• 1 cup hot water
• A few drops of mild dish soap
• 10 drops essential oil (optional, used for fragrance)
Combine vinegar, Borax and hot water (about a cup). Swirl until Borax is dissolved. Add a few drops of the dish soap and essential oil (I used peppermint oil). Fill to the top with hot water, replace lid and shake.
Glass and Mirror Cleaner
Use this basic glass/mirror cleaner to remove those little handprints and nose smudges.
- Spray bottle
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ tsp. dish soap
- 8-10 drops essential oil (optional, used for fragrance)
Combine ingredients in spray bottle. Replace lid and shake. Make sure you label your cleaners and store them in a safe place. There are great templates online or make your own!
Garden and Grilling
Scrub garden tools and barbecue utensils with moist, stiff-bristled brush dipped in baking soda. Place in the sun to dry. (Do not use on aluminum.)
If the odor in your dishwasher doesn’t go away, sprinkle Borax in the bottom, let it sit and wipe it down with a damp sponge, rinse by running the next load.
Rub ketchup on copper or brass-bottom pots with soft cloth, rinse with warm water and dry.
Mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar with ½ cup water in a microwave-safe bowl; bring mixture to a boil in microwave to loosen baked-on food, wipe clean.
Rub lemon juice on lime scale buildup, let sit overnight and wipe with damp cloth. Mix lemon juice with salt to use as a paste for scouring or add a teaspoon of lemon juice to dishwashing detergent to boost its grease-cutting effectiveness.
About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.