Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Homemade Mildew Remover: Make Your Own Bathroom Cleaner

Sometimes in the attempt to save money, I end up with products that are less then effective and, therefore, a waste of the money I was trying to save. So it has been with some store brand bathroom cleaner that I purchased sometimes last year for a buck a bottle.
As it turns out, when the trigger on the bottle actually did work, the "cleaner" just managed to stain things a funny orange tint. At first, I thought we had a lot of iron in our water. Then, one day, I sprayed some of the cleaner on my white cleaning rag and realized that, no, it was actually the cleaner.

More and more, I am realizing that I can get pretty far with some basic cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia, borax, grease-resistant dish soap, rubbing alcohol and vinegar.

I have essentially stopped buying toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergentall-purpose cleanerpre-treater, oven cleaner and now, bathroom cleaner.

This really can't be any more straightforward. Put a funnel you do not intend to ever use for food purposes in the mouth of a spray bottle. (Clean new spray bottles can be purchased nearly anywhere.) Into the bottle, pour 1/4 cup of bleach and 2 cups of water. It is best to do this in a sink in case there are any spills.

my high-tech paper funnel
for the borax

To this add 1 tablespoon of borax. I use a piece of scrap paper that I've twisted into a paper funnel so I don't get it stuck in my little plastic one, but that's just me.

give 'er a shake

Now, give the bottle a healthy shake. Voila! Mildew remover for your bathrooms.

Remember to always label any bottles of cleaner you have made and keep them out of the reach of children (unless those children are being used for hard labor of course....that's a joke, people, please....although I DO firmly support kids having chores and being responsible for clean up but I digress).

Also, be sure to rinse any area that you have used this on with warm/hot water for better results and to remove any excessive amounts of bleach from any areas that small mouths might go. This isn't a wimpy disinfectant by any stretch.


Nickie said...

Now I will be looking for a home made dish washer detergent next... Derek and I were just talking about that yesterday :) You go girl with all your home made cleaners!

Nickie said...

Hey never mind, I just came across your post from months back for the home made dishwasher detergent.... imagine that, I should of expected you to have already done it! Thanks girl, I will have to try that next!

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Using homemade cleaning products will help ensure the health of our environment by preventing caustic chemicals in the air we breathe, in our rivers and landfills.