Monday, April 25, 2011

DIY counter cleaner

Straight from 'Homemade, how to make hundreds of everyday products fast, fresh and more naturally' by Reader's Digest 2008 - a easy DIY recipe for counter/everyday cleaner.  Since we were out of our old Clorox product I decided to make my own and save $4.  I already had all the ingredients so it was easy and quick!

Fresh-Smelling Multipurpose Cleaner
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • 1 teaspoon washing soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
  • 1 clean 32-ounce spray bottle
  1. Fill spray bottle first with hot water; then add vinegar, borax, washing soda, and the liquid castile soap. Shake well before using.
  2. Spray on countertops, kitchen appliances and fixtures and tile or painted surfaces.  
  3. Wipe down with a clean cloth or damp sponge.

the line up
the final product - cloudy but really works great!
I got this book from the library because I'm cheap and have to check these things out.  Plus now I know the recipe and can make it again - for free!  Also I was disapointed in the book since the description and cover made it seem like it was mostly household related and found that it was 85% food cook book.  That's fine but I didn't want that.  So back to the library world it goes.  Thanks Wake County!

I used Dr. Bronners - peppermint for the castile soap and love the scent it brings to the spray.  It's crazy how far a little of that stuff will go!  Also I started with a old windex bottle but found it wasn't large enough.  I switched to a 32 oz bottle... duh like the recipe calls for.  Great job reading Robin.

Also there was a tiny and cool little reaction when I added the washing soda since the vinegar hadn't all mixed with the water.  It bubbled up some so I'd recommend doing this over a sink.

Glad we now have a healthier alternative to Clorox products.  I've used it for a few days and have to say it works just as good as the store bought stuff and smells better too!  Yay for homemade.

ps. gotta get Tony to design me a cool logo for all my homemade products (like this & this) with his cool photoshopping skills. 


  1. Interesting. I just use apple cider vinegar and water, but I need to add some essential oils because I'm sick of the vinegar smell.
    You should try Mrs. Meyers BASIL scent, if only you just smell it. Sooooo delish

  2. I have also made this and i clean everything with it! I bought some orange oil to put in it, so everything smells amazing (with just a little vinegar hint for a second, ha) when your done! Plus it makes granite look super shiny!

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