10 0f the Best Make it at Home Recipes

Posted on Jul 20 2009 - 2:03pm by Patty

cleaners We all love make it at home recipes they save us money, they often give us better products, and it is just plain fun to make our recipes instead of buying them at the store.

This is a list of my favorite recipes that we use on a daily basis.  If you have a favorite recipe then please share it with is us we would love to know!

1) Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap

1 box of borax
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 bar of soap, grated (can use Dial, Ivory, Fels Naptha, or Zote)

Combine all ingredients and store in a container.
To use:
2 tbsp per load of laundry
If the laundry is really dirty, I will add 1/4 cup of baking soda.

2)Homemade OxiClean

1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of hot water
mix together and use in place of OxiClean

3)Basic Waterproof Glue

  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp glycerine

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it is dissolved. Add vinegar and glycerin and stir well. Let the mixture cool slightly and pour into a jar and seal tightly. To Use: This glue is best applied while warm. Apply to surfaces using a brush. Glue will gel after a few days. To re-use, warm by placing the jar in a pan of hot water. Good for binding leather to leather, fabrics to cardboard, paper to paper.



  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over strips of brown paper and let soak overnight. To hang, poke a hole in one end of a strip and tie a string to it.


Formula 1: Ingredients

  • 3 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 cups red cedar wood shavings
  • 1/2 cup eucalyptus leaves

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl or jar. Cover and let stand 5 days. Strain the solid ingredients out and save the remaining liquid. Store tightly sealed. Yield: 2 cups. To use, pour into a small spray bottle and spray lightly on skin.


  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons active dry yeast

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until they form a smooth past. Spread the mixture into plastic lid. Any old plastic container will do. Set the mixture near the mouth of ant hill. For kitchen areas, coat a strip of cardboard with the mixture and lay along floor or in crevices where ants travel. Works best with medium to large ants. Try substituting honey for the molasses.

7)HM liquid/gel soap

1 bar of soap, grated
1/2 gallon of water
2 TBSP glycerin

Combine all ingredients and heat over low heat until the soap dissolves. Pour into your container and allow to sit for a few days till it thickens up.

8)Home Made Bubble Bath

Preparation time: 2 minutes
Makes 3.5 cups
1 cups of liquid dishwashing soap
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups of hot water
3 – 4 tablespoons of glycerin
Large plastic container (I use an old bubble bath container)
Stir all ingredients together in the plastic container.

9) Home Made Baby Wipes

2 tsp Baby Bath
2 tsp Baby oil
2 cups warm water
Half roll of Bounty Paper Towels
Air Tight container

Mix all ingredients together than pour over paper towels and let soak. After mixture has been absorbed by the paper towels, pull the tube our of the center and pull the “wipes” out of the center! Store in the air tight container.

You can add a small drop Tea Tree Oil to prevent the towels from molding.

10 All-purpose cleaner

32oz spray bottle
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
1 tsp borax
1 tsp washing soda (baking soda if you can’t find WS)
1 tsp Murphy’s oil soap

Put the borax and washing soda in the bottle. Fill 1/2 way with really hot water. Give it a good shake to dissolve the powders. Add the vinegar and fill to 3/4 with hot water. Add the oil soap and fill to the 32oz line. I fill the bottle in stages to prevent the oil soap from foaming up (or the vinegar reacting with the soda).

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