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03/25/2014, By: Lucky Supermarkets



Before you go running outdoors to celebrate the beauty that is spring, spruce up your home with supplies from your kitchen.

The cost of cleaning products can really add up, so save money and make your own. With just a few ingredients, polish the furniture, clear up the windows, tackle the toilets and show your family what science experiments are all about.


Glass Cleaner

1 1/2 cups vinegar

1 1/2 cups water

5-10 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix vinegar, water, & essential oil together in spray bottle. Spray on glass & use squeegee, crumpled newspaper (Tip: use newspapers that are at least 2 weeks old to avoid black fingers!), or a lint-free rag to get a streak-free shine. Also works well to shine chrome and countertops after you’ve disinfected them.


Toliet Bowl Cleaner

1 cup baking soda

1 cup vinegar

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Turn off flow valve to toilet & flush 1-2 times until water is drained. Pour in baking soda, then slowly pour in vinegar, being sure to get vinegar to cover as much of the bowl surface as possible, then add essential oil. The baking soda will react with the vinegar–this is normal! Use your toilet brush to scrub surface & remove any rings or stains. Turn water back on and flush.


Fabric Softener

1/4-1/2 cup vinegar

essential oil (optional)

Add vinegar with several drops of your favorite essential oil to the rinse cycle (or simply place in fabric softener compartment of your front load washer).


Stainless Steel Cleaner

2 tablespoons baking soda

1/2 cup vinegar

2 cups warm water

Mix ingredients in spray bottle. Mixture will foam up; when it stops bubbling, put on cap and spray stainless steel surface, then wipe clean & dry with lint-free rag.


Furniture Polish

3/4 cup olive oi

juice from 1/4 lemon

1 tablespoon vinegar

3-4 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Dampen rag & squeeze out excess water. Dip damp rag into furniture polish, the wipe on surface of furniture. Buff off with an old dry towel. Can also be used to polish stainless steel!


Do you have any of your own cleanup solutions to share? Leave a comment!

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