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Home-brew mixture for cleaning bathrooms (and other places)
Professional housecleaner Maggie Orth likes to make her own cleaning products.
Here’s her recipe for an all-purpose cleaning solution, modified from a recipe she
found in the book Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan (available through our affiliation with Amazon.com).
In a 5-quart bucket, mix: 1 cup of distilled vinegar, 3 tablespoons of borax, 1 gallon of
hot water and 1/2 cup of soap (Maggie uses Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds). Maggie likes to add
10 or 15 drops of tea tree, lavender or lemon oil for a nice fragrance. Mix the ingredients
and then pour some of the mixture into a spray bottle. Save the rest in a gallon jug. The
raw ingredients will set you back $25 to $30, but you’ll have enough to last for years!
Use this mixture to clean tile, countertops and painted woodwork. It’s a good all-purpose
cleaner, but it’s not the best for cleaning glass. Maggie uses club soda to clean glass.