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Simple Homemade Cleaner – Works Amazing!


Hate cleaning the grimy stuff…like the shower?  Putting off scrubbing the fridge?

Hate the chemicals and the price of the clearers that actually work?

A few months ago I posted about simple homemade natural cleaners.  I have been cleaning with these cleaners for the past few years and have been happy with them except for the tough jobs.

That changed last week :)!!

Thanks to my friend Brenda I now have a homemade cleaner that works amazing and is safe around the kids!  (she got it from Andrea of Simple Organized Living)

So, I have no claim for figuring this out, but I will be using it and checking Andrea’s site for more tips.

Last week was pretty busy for me (more on that next Monday).  But I can say that this cleaner saved the day. I have made at least 4 batches of it already!

Here is where I used it with great success:

  • Tile shower – grout discoloration, hard water build-up, caulk and everything!
  • Sinks and toilet
  • Fridge and freezer – inside and out.  …even under the drawers where the drips collect.
  • Oven – inside and out

Spray, let soak for a few minutes and scribe/wipe/rinse off.  (I used a toothbrush on the grout, but after soaking in this cleaner for a few minutes it didn’t take much scrubbing at all).

It is even simple to make — here is the original recipe

When I did it I followed Brenda‘s advice and did 1/4 cup soap mixed with 3/4 cup white vinegar.  I used the cheap dish soap I used on hand and didn’t have to heat it up to mix it.

Do you have a simple, natural cleaner that you use?  

Is there an area you are still looking for a good natural homemade cleaner alternative? (if you are reading RSS join us in the comments)

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  1. Donna Donna

    Couldn’t find the recipe. ):

    • So sorry, it is kinda hard to find on her post..because it is so simple :) It is just under the picture of the dawn soap. I used less soap and more vinegar and used the cheap dish soap I had on hand (not dawn). I did about 1/4 cup soap to about 3/4 vinegar. I also didn’t have to heat it up to mix it, might depend on the type of soap used. Let me know if you have any other questions. Happy cleaning!

  2. Mereta Mereta

    I love cleaning with vinegar and lemon juice!!!! Great cleaners and disinfectants- and NATURAL!!!!!! I actually use vinegar with dish soap when cleaning :)

    • :) How do you use the lemon juice?

      • Mereta Mereta

        just straight. Its great for disinfecting because its a potent acid that kills bacteria. I love it down the disposal. Also, pour it on a towel to wipe down counters. I like to use soap and water to wash and then lemon juice to disinfect. You can mix the 2 together (I do that for the coffee pot- works wonders and let it soak).

      • Mereta Mereta

        *mix the vinegar and the lemon juice together

      • you do 1 part lemon juice to 1 part vinegar? Do you water it down at all?

      • Mereta Mereta

        When I am using the lemon juice to disinfect I do not water it down, that way it is potent enough to kill the bacteria. But when I am using it with vinegar to clean I mix it 1 part of each. Let it sit to loosen up the dirt/grime and to disinfect then I and soap and water to wash.

      • thanks :)

  3. Ooh! Must try this! I keep trying to make my own cleaners and failing. They just…never work. I’ll have to give this one a shot!

    Baking soda is my favorite scrubber. It gets gunk off counters and sinks that even the tough chemicals can’t remove. It’s also great for getting label goo off of glass and such. Just wet the goo, sprinkle on some baking soda, and rub away. :-)

    • yes, I love baking soda too. I still love it best for the actual tub. I used this spray on the tile and walls and then this spray with baking soda on the tub area. This is cleaner to use on the counter-tops and sink because it doesn’t leave the baking soda powder look :)

  4. I tried this today and based on the results, I’m a believer! I used a 1:1 mixture of Ajax dishwashing liquid (the cheapest I’ve found) and white vinegar. I warmed the vinegar for about 30 seconds in the microwave (probably too long). I sprayed it in my tub, which has lots of soap scum that other cleansers have left behind. I let it sit for a few minutes while I vacuumed (2 bedrooms and the livingroom) and then went back to scrub it up. I used a magic eraser sponge, which I have used with other bathroom cleansers as well. In the case of the other cleansers, my sponge was torn up by the end of my scrubbing session. (Those things are effective but not very durable.) In this instance, the scum came right up. When I was finished, my sponge was a little worn but in fine enough shape to be used again. Rinse with clean water and watch it sparkle! It does leave a vinegar smell behind, but at least it’s not caustic or poisonous like bleach! If you’re used to cleaning with vinegar, you’re probably used to that smell anyway. Perhaps I’ll try adding a little lemon juice like Mereta mentioned.

    • Yay! I am not usually too excited about cleaners but when they are this simple and work this good it is worth posting about :) …the vinegar smell is yuck. That is the downside :(

      • Mereta Mereta

        It may smell yuck but its way better for your lungs than bleach is! :)

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