Items in your pantry like baking soda, vinegar, cream of tartar, lemon juice, and even tea bags, can work as effective cleaners. Even better, compared to pricey commercial products, homemade cleaners cost next to nothing.
So the next time you’re staring down a big mess but you’re out of your favorite product, don’t run to the store—open up the pantry and try mixing up one of these DIY cleaning recipes instead. Step back and enjoy the results and the savings, too!
Vinyl Siding Cleaner
In a two-gallon bucket, carefully mix together:
- 2/3 cup Spic and Span Liquid All-Purpose Floor Cleaner
- 1/2 cup Liquid Tide Laundry Detergent (do not use the Tide liquid that has fabric softeners added)
- 1 quart liquid chlorine bleach*
- 3 quarts hot water
Next, using a funnel, carefully pour into an ordinary hose-end wash gun or (garden sprayer) set to the highest concentration and apply to vinyl siding. Then you will see the dirt, film, and mildew just slide off. After five minutes, rinse with the hose and clear water. In all cases, label clearly and keep out of the reach of children.
All-Purpose Liquid Cleaner
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup household ammonia*
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1-gallon warm water
Mix all ingredients together, label clearly, and keep out of reach of children. Then, use as you would any commercial all-purpose multi-surface cleaner such as pricey Formula 409 or Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner.