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DIY Homemade Cleaners

When I got my quartz countertops, I was surprised to learn that using a bleach cleaner was a no-no.  I already knew that for any kind of stone, you definitely shouldn’t be using anything with acid, including a vinegar solution.  But who knew about bleach?! 

I did a little research and tweaked some of the “recipes” I found.  I have replaced my bleach cleaner AND window cleaner with these homemade formulas.  I just prefer to use a little on the chemical front as possible, and why not save a few 💰 in the process? 

I like using a large pyrex glass measuring cup to mix and pour.  In all cases, simply add and stir the ingredients. 

Homemade Multi-Surface Cleaner

This is a very simple but effective blend AND it smells fantastic.  Most importantly, it cleans without damaging the quartz countertop.  This stuff works on just about any surface.  I’ve even used it to clean up a spill or two on upholstery and spatters on walls.

You can use other essential oils, but I love the orange oil.  I’ve also used peppermint.  The 90% rubbing alcohol is stronger.  If you use a lower %, just add more to the mix.

Homemade Window Cleaner

I don’t like the smell of Windex, and I think this little mixture does a better job, for pennies! #WinWin for Windows!

  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar (or Homemade Lemon-infused*)
  • 1/4 Cup 90% Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch (the cornstarch reduces streaking)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 8-10 drops orange oil 

*Lemon-infused Vinegar: Simply put lemon peel (from 1-2 lemons) into a mason jar.  Add Vinegar.  Let it sit for a couple of weeks, then strain it.  

Homemade Bleach Cleaner

This is DEFINITELY a money saver and works just as well as the name-brand stuff.

I don’t add any scent to this because I don’t mind the subtle scent of bleach.  You can make this stronger if you prefer, just add an additional ¼ cup bleach.  

Bonus! Drain Cleaner

Right after I wrote this post, we had an issue with a toilet clog.  Since we have brand spanking new plumbing, I didn’t have any drain cleaner around.  So here’s what I used and it worked perfectly! 

  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • ½-1 Gallon Boiling Water
  • 2 Cups Vinegar

I put in the baking soda, followed by the boiling water.  Then SLOWLY, poured the vinegar down to avoid overflow (vinegar reacts with baking soda).  I let it stand for 10-15 minutes, and it worked like a charm.

Bottles and Labels

I found the nifty blue glass spray bottles on Amazon.  They actually include the black labels.  I’ve had them for over a year and they’re still going strong.  

I use a white Sharpie paint pen.  I like these better than chalk markers because they don’t wear off.  If you don’t care about pretty bottles, you can always re-use bleach cleaner or window cleaner bottles.  Just make sure any container you use is clearly marked.  #safetyfirst ☺️  Source book below!  Happy cleaning!

Source Book

Orange Oil

Dr. Bronner Soap

Sharpie Paint Pen-Medium Tip

Rubbing Alcohol (90%)

Glass Spray Bottles (With labels)

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