Friday, July 10, 2015

Learning To Be Less Dependent Upon the Grocery Store: All Purpose Cleaner

In the last entry I shared the homemade laundry detergent recipe that I use and this week I'm going to share the all purpose cleaner recipe that I use and have used for a quite a long time.

I've added it to my grocery store notebook that I'm building and put it under the laundry/cleaning section.  I also turned to the Basic's List section and added rubbing alcohol and Dawn  dish washing detergent to it.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

(I use this on glass too.)

1 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon of Dawn dish washing detergent
32 oz  (or as close to that size as you can get) spray bottle

Add alcohol and Dawn to the bottle then fill the rest of the bottle up with water. 

I write the recipe on the bottle (a pretty label would dress it up nicely) so that when I need to make more the recipe is right there.

I'm trying to keep my cleaners simple but effective without a lot of costly ingredients.  The fewer ingredients I need to purchase the less dependent I can become on the grocery store.


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  1. Don't you just love Dawn?!! Its good for sooo many things!!

    1. I surely do Vicky! It's a staple in my pantry!

  2. Dear Patsy, This looks a really good recipe. There are a couple of things I love about a versatile homemade cleaner. One it is cheap and works. Two it is not going to kill you! Three it does heaps of things and you dont need a cluttered cupboard of products. This saves so much money and cupboard space. I love that!
    We have a cleaner we make up called Miracle Cleaner. It is a similar kind of thing. It smells wonderful to so the house smells so fresh. Then we can stock our pantries with the savings! Have a great weekend, with love

    1. Well said Annabel and I agree completely ... especially the part about stocking our pantries with the savings!

  3. Have you ever shared photos of your grocery store notebook? I'm intrigued.

    1. Since I'm just getting started compiling it I don't have a lot to share yet, but I will do an indepth
      photo post on it at some point.

  4. The other nice thing about Dawn is that ants just hate it! I have been using Dawn and Vinegar (separately) every other day to wipe down my counters after an early summer invasion of ants and have now been nearly ant free for 4 weeks! (they do keep sending scouts so I must remain vigilant!)


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