The Mommy Files: Kitchen Cleaners in a Pinch

by stacie on April 28, 2021

Do you ever get in the frame of mind and decide that today is the day you will clean the house.

Like, really clean?

This happens to me a couple of times each year—typically in the spring and the fall. And not only do I want to clean, I want to clean out. But what happens when you get in your grungy clothes to start cleaning, only to realize that you are out of one thing you need, like glass cleaner or Comet?

Luckily, there’s Google for that. Not only can you find an array of recipes for natural household cleaners, you can typically find recipes that use things you do have laying around the house. You might even find that you like this new concoction better than the store bought kind … and you’ll save money too.

Here’s some recipes to get you started:

Furniture Polish: Erin Huffstetler, the Guide to Frugal Living at About.com has two great recipes for making your own furniture polish; I will admit that I am partial to the recipe that includes olive oil … and I can vouch for how well it works because we use this instead of Pledge now.

Glass Cleaner: A. Kairi, a contributor at Yahoo! Voices, has a few ideas on how to make a good glass cleaner, which involves water, dish soap, and distilled white vinegar. And instead of using paper towels to wipe off the glass, use an old newspaper—it totally leaves your windows streak–free. Don’t have one of the ingredients you need? Grab the pillow cases off the bed and use those; the oils from your hair work great for cleaning glass (believe it or not).

Spray to Refresh Your Fabrics: Fake it Frugal has an awesome post on making your own fabric refresher. Want to neutralize odors without a scent? Mix equal parts vodka and water … it works, I promise! And if you make yourself a beverage to sip while you clean … well, all the better!

Dry Sweep Cloths: Truthfully, you can just use a paper towel. And if you don’t want to use the paper, you can spray an old t-shirt with your homemade furniture polish, too. Also a great way to pick up the dust!! Just attach it to the bottom of your mop with a rubber band!

And above all else, if you need more inspiration, check out Homemade Mamas … this is by far my favorite new website. They recently posted a tutorial on how to make ice packs that can be reused again and again and also a tutorial on how to remove old stains using water and turmeric (yes, the spice!). It’s awesome!!

photo credit: greenarbytheday

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MomHomeGuide.com April 28, 2021 at 5:45 am

I’d like to switch to making my own cleaners — I can never find where I last left my bottle of professionally made cleaner anyway!

JDaniel4's Mom May 1, 2021 at 8:19 am

I need to look at how to make an ice pack for JDaniel.

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