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Homemade cleaner and Extra Uses

January 26, 2012

Making a cheaper, homemade version of cleaners is usually the green way to clean as well! Here are some great resources for making your own cleaners:

Homemade Laundry Detergent is really easy to make out of borax, washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda & available at Harris Teeter), and a bar of grated soap. The Homemade Dishwasher Detergent is almost the same thing without the soap, but with citric acid and salt added for cleaning food. Homemade Shampoo uses just water, castile soap, and a type of oil. Drain Cleaner can be as simple as boiling water and borax or baking soda and vinegar that may remind you of your 5th grade volcano experiment.

There are so many uses for simple and common household items! Here are just a few (with more to come in the coming weeks!):

1001 Uses for Vinegar and The Vinegar Institute discuss uses such as ant deterrent, coffee maker cleaner, weed killer, cut flower life extender, and stain remover for wine and deodorant, and Borax can accomplish many of the same problems. Salt has dozens of uses in the kitchen as food enhancers, fresheners, cleaners, and deodorizers, as well as beauty products. Epsom Salt not only has bath salt qualities, but can be used as a cleaner, fertilizer, exfoliator and medicinal. Olive Oil can be a cleaner, hairball reducer, butter substitute, and face scrub.

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