For a few months now I’ve been poring over homemade cleaner recipes trying to find the perfect replacements for my commercial ones. First, I cannot live without a multi-surface, all-purpose cleaner! I have a lot of Ikea faux-wood furniture, so I even dust my house with a cloth dampened a little bit of all-purpose cleaner.
I first used this homemade miracle recipe as it was intended: a glass cleaner. I have french doors in my living room and a 17-month-old who volunteered to lick and “blow raspberries” on the bottom eight panes for me last week. I decided to break in my new cleaner on those doors. I used it and it did the trick. I could not tell the difference between my homemade version and my old glass cleaner.
After this, I then discovered it is also the best multi-surface cleaner on the planet. Yesterday I was wiping down my kitchen appliances using a new homemade recipe, but it was leaving a white film over everything it touched. Boo! So I kept grabbing my homemade glass cleaner to remove the film, when I realized, “Wait. This junk is miraculous. Why am I not just using THIS?.”
I ended up using it over my entire house, including the high chair, my black refrigerator, my stainless steel trash can, base boards, bedroom furniture, and bathroom. I was especially pleased with how it cleaned my black refrigerator and stainless finishes. The finish of my fridge is very shiny and high-maintenance. (I wanted a photo, but his area of my kitchen is too small to get a decent angle!)
If you have stainless steel I don’t have to tell you how high-maintenance that stuff is! It used to take me two or three tries with a couple different cleaners to get a non-streaky result. Until now, I have never succeeded in getting that perfect, finger-print free gleam on those surfaces.
Here are the magic ingredients:
1.) Dish soap. If this stuff wrong, then I don’t want to be right. All of my new favorite homemade cleaners contain it. It cuts grease and makes everything shiny. What can’t a sink of hot, soapy water fix? I can’t think of much.
(Make sure your dishwasher is toxin-free! For the best eco-friendly dish soaps, check out this post!)
2.) Vinegar. When you switch over your cleaners, you’ll use this for everything. I mean, almost everything. It’s amazing. Vinegar
Glass Cleaner/All Purpose Cleaner
- 1 cup Water
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- 2 to 3 drops Dish Soap
- Combine water, white vinegar, and dawn dish soap in an empty spray bottle
-The Frugal Girls
My cost breakdown? I don’t know. Twenty-five cents?
I can clean 85% of all surfaces in my house with this, including mirrors. Not only did I find my new go-to cleaner, but I found out that by replacing vinegar with rubbing alcohol, I can magically change it into a solution that is safe for granite. AND, did you know that by omitting the water from this recipe, you can make a magical shower cleaner? Vinegar and dish soap, people.
Now go clean! (Here is some motivation for you.)