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Here on the farm, we make every effort to stay away from chemicals of any kind. If you have followed our blog, you know about some of the products we use, but I was having difficulty finding an all purpose cleaner. After trying various “recipes” I had found online, I decided to try my hand at creating my own version.
This recipe is the one I decided to make and use at home. It calls for a spray bottle, a large bowl, and:
6 Tablespoons of baking soda
2/3 cup amonia
2/3 cup white vinegar (cleaning strength)
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
3/4 cup warm water
Sometimes I add 1/2 cup dish washing detergent, if I have a really stubborn stain like axle grease from the tractor, or some other piece of farm equipment. Be careful of the bubbles when you are stirring and pouring the liquid into the bottle, adding detergent creates a lot of bubbles. I don’t always add it, if I have a bottle already mixed on hand and it handles the stains just fine on its own. The spot may have to be treated a couple of times, but I don’t mind that since the chemicals are being avoided.
To mix the recipe, put the baking soda in the bowl and add the liquid ingredients. Mix well after each addition. Stir until the baking soda “dissolves” – does it ever really do that? I just stir it until it isn’t sitting on the bottom of the bowl. You will see the action start to take place.
Then, using a funnel, pour the liquid into a large spray bottle. Pour it slowly because the bubbling action will overflow the bottle if you don’t. My bottle holds three cups and is big enough to allow for the action that will take place.
This is so versatile. The ingredients are natural and kill germs. I use it as a cleaner and a laundry stain remover. Spray it on the tub, toilet, sink, stove, anywhere you would put an all purpose cleaner and let it sit a couple of minutes then wipe and rinse. It gets all those tough stains off my stove, drain rack, every where; removes bathtub films. I scrub the toilet and let it sit in there until I am ready to use it next (the toilet that is) and it is pristine white.
For laundry, I spray it on grease stains, arm pits, anything that needs a little extra help being removed in the wash. My husband wears navy blue polo shirts to work and I treat the underarms of them every wash with no discoloration at all. You may want to try it out on your fabrics, but I haven’t ran into anything that it harms in any way.
I have found my bottle “oozing” some bubbles from time to time, but I just wipe them off and let it go. I hope you like this cleaner/stain remover as much as we do. It is nice to avoid whatever we can and still enjoy a clean, germ free home. Let me know how it works for you.
Safe and Happy Journey,
Rhonda and The Pack