Make Your Own Cleansers

General Purpose Cleaner

1 TBS Ammonia

1 TBS Liquid Laundry Detergent

2 C Water

Pour into clean 16 oz. spray bottle and gently shake.


Eco-friendly GP Cleaner

1 C distilled vinegar

1 C water

Pour into clean 16 oz. spray bottle and gently shake.

Window Cleaning Solution

2 ¼ cups rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl)
1/2 cup ammonia
1 tsp dish detergent (liquid)
blue food coloring (optional)

18 cups water

Pour into clean 1 gal container; fill with water and use as needed.

Furniture Polish

2 C olive oil

1 C lemon juice

Pour into a clean 28 oz. spray or squeeze bottle. Gently shake before each application. Apply to cloth and wipe evenly onto furniture. Buff off with a clean cloth.

Additional tips:

  • Don’t forget to Label each bottle and container!
  • Keep window cleaner and General Purpose cleaner under each bathroom and kitchen sink for quick clean ups.
  • Even preschoolers can learn to clean with supervision and child-friendly vinegar cleansers.
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10 thoughts on “Make Your Own Cleansers

  1. Way cool! I’m a big ammonia fan, myself. Great for cleaning. In fact, there’s a vase full of it in the window sill. Trying to get rid of the nastiness in it. It also works as an air freshener.

  2. Mel – Years ago we owned a janitorial company and we had a lot of window cleaning contracts. We used to pay $25 for window cleaning concentrate. I figure, with this recipe, we now spend about $1.50 on one gal of window cleaner. You can’t even buy a small quart of it here for that. So my fav is the window cleaner. We even use it for our big cleaning jobs like the outside windows. Of coarse we still have all the professional equipment too. I love both ammonia and vinegar for cleaning as they leave behind a clean smell without a scent and are very inexpensive. I am allergic to fragrance so both are good. The vinegar is great around kids. I’ve used both for years. I go back and forth. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and ammonia is good for removing odors – even in laundry.I don’t use a lot of furniture polish. I mostly use a static dust cloth. I feel most people use too much polish anyway. But the olive oil soaks into the wood and revives it. Also good for cleaning cabinets in the kitchen etc. I use vinegar for cleaning the kitchen area’s especially because it’s non toxic and food friendly.And hey, with all the money you save in cleansers, you can buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

  3. Hmmmm, I should give that furniture polish a try. I am never quite happy with how commercial products work on our china hutch. Thanks for hosting Thursday 3, Jan, and thanks for the award! 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. I used to do my own cleaners but I guess I’m just too lazy anymore. However my aunt sent me a great list of uses for hydrogen peroxide as a cleaner. . .

  5. Hi Jan! Sooooo good to talk to you today. Sorry I had to get off so fast… You know, I’ve tried these kinds of “recipes” and they work pretty well. You can also add natural oils as a fragrance. My favorite are natural peppermint and orange. Together they are wonderful! Only a few drops needed. Mmmm…sweet fragrance.

  6. Dawn- let me know how you like the furniture polish.Lisa – with gas going up, these are so cheap and easy without a lot of time involved. Thanks for buzzing in. 🙂 Sharon – Not that I know of. :)Sharen – great idea for those without allergies. I always get the lemon scented ammonia and it’s OK on my allergies. I wouldn’t add any peppermint oil to the window cleaner, however. 🙂

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