“My massive collection of household cleaners certainly doesn’t come cheap!”

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From cleaning up the dreaded mold and mildew in your shower or on window sills, to cleaning your oven, some simple household products can save you time and money, and prevent reactions to the harsh chemicals found in many commercial products.

Read on to learn how various mixtures of these ingredients  can safely and inexpensively clean and disinfect just about everything in your home:

  • baking soda
  • borax, bleach
  • pine oil
  • vinegar,
  • dishwashing liquid
  • dry laundry detergent
  • amonia
  • warm water

And, you can find them right in your local grocery store or department store!

To clean appliance pulls and handles and the inside of the refrigerator where the gasket is, mix the following and scrub:

  • 1 tablespoon borax or baking soda
  • 1⁄4 cup powdered laundry detergent
  • 1⁄4 cup pine-oil-based cleaner or pine oil
  • 3⁄4 cup hot water
  • For overall kitchen use, dilute with more hot water

Easy mildew remover — This recipe works great on painted and other washable surfaces.  Since you are adding bleach to the mixture, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection, and have plenty of ventilation when working with this solution:

  • 1⁄3 cup powdered laundry detergent
  • 1 quart household liquid chlorine bleach
  • 3 quarts warm water

Apply with a spray bottle, a sponge, or an old toothbrush. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes, and spray an additional time or two to keep it from drying. When the black mildew stains turn white, you’ll know it has done the job. Rinse all the surfaces well with hot water and  towel-dry.

You can use the mixture below to clean and freshen just about any surface. It works especially well for day-to-day cleaning of range tops and cooktops. Mix up the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
  • 2 cups hot water

Clean up baked-on spills on glass or porcelain ranges and cooktops with these ingredients:

  • 3⁄4 cup borax
  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda
  • Dishwashing liquid to moisten

Combine the baking soda and borax and moisten them with just enough dishwashing liquid to create a gooey paste. Or, just use all borax or all baking soda if you wish. For a pleasant room fragrance, add 1⁄4 teaspoon of lemon juice.