Saturday, March 24, 2012

Homemade Cleaning!

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Don't get me wrong, I never had anything against homemade cleaners...but for some reason I always just thought I wouldn't be saving enough to make up for my trouble. Boy was I wrong.

Here are five of my favorite homemade cleaners, their recipes, and printable labels for when you make your own!




WARNING: Feel free to tweak recipes (I know I do!) But don't ever MIX ammonia and bleach! The fumes can be extremely hazardous to your health!

Note: These are all written for 24oz Bottles, Divide or Double (etc.) as needed

Blessing 'in a Bottle

12 oz. of White Vinegar
12 oz. of Dawn Dish soap
1 tsp. of Laundry Detergent

also known as "kitchen Magic" This stuff will get through anything, make your sink and shower shine like new, and save you when just about nothing else works. The laundry detergent is optional-I add it simply to cover some of the vinegar smell!

Window Cleaner

1 oz. of White Ammonia
4 oz. of Rubbing Alcohol
1 drop of Laundry Detergent
Fill remaining space with Water
 This is streak free, just like we like it. You can add a few drops of blue food coloring if you want it to resemble windex more (since it's mostly WATER), but there's truly no need~I've actually found I like this more than windex!


Air & Fabric Freshener

1 oz. of Scented Fabric Softener
2 Tbs. Baking Soda
Fill remaining space with Water
This is a 'fake febreze' recipe that I love! It has the fabric softener for scent (which you can buy in so many more cents than fabreze!) and the baking soda for odor elimination. The coloring will come from whatever hue your softener contains. Again, most of this is JUST WATER, amazing how much we're spending for a few ounces of cleaner and a bottle full of water, huh?

Bleach Cleaner

2 oz of Bleach
1 tsp. Laundry detergent
Fill the remaining space with Water
Because everyone needs a bleach cleaner!


The Cure-All

5 oz. of Rubbing Alcohol
3 oz. of White Vinegar
1 tsp. of Laundry Detergent
1 tsp. of White Ammonia 
2 drops of Essential Oil
Fill the remaining space with Water
This is kind of my "Multi-purpose, Multi-surface" Cleaner. I've added Essential oils to the recipe which make it smell nice and threw in a few drops of food coloring to separate it from the two other clear cleaners. I go through this probably the most out of any of them (as most of us do with our multi-purpose cleaners). Again, again, again-I'm so amazed with how much of this is water!!



Use Avery shipping labels to stick directly onto spray bottle: Template 5163

Everyone Please Read!! Update January 2013: 
Alrighty everyone, listen up! I've gotten literally over 100 emails, comments, and messages about where I purchased these bottles so I'm going to put it in one place here, lol!

The process of finding cute bottles was not easy, but the way I ended up doing it could not be any more convenient! I looked online for spray bottles around 25-30oz and there's lots of them, but you have to buy them in bulk, if you chose to pay a 'small order' fee, it often ends up at almost $7 a bottle a the least! I wasn't willing to sacrifice the sleek bottle look (because I hate the retail industrial cleaning bottles you can buy at the store) so what I ended up doing was simply going to target and getting 6 method cleaners when they were on price cut (which totaled less than 10 dollars). I then used a few empty milk jugs to store the cleaner from five of them and have since used this jug to refill the one cleaner over the last year. I removed the labels from the remaining empty bottles and used them for my home made cleaners. 

Short answer: Go to the store and find a bottle you like, buy six of them, empty five, and use those :) Some of you want these bottles specifically so I'd advise going to target, and pick up any of their 28 oz 'method' cleaners.

Happy cleaning!


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184 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much!! These are Great!!!! Where did you find these simple clear bottles that are 24 oz? I can find empty ones but usually only small ones like 8 oz which I go through to fast =[

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    1. I found some at the dollar tree with the oz. right on the outside.

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    2. Use the empty Windex or cleaner bottle. It's free and then you'll know what purpose the cleaner inside is for.

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    3. The process of finding cute bottles was not easy, but the way I ended up doing it could not be any more convenient! I looked online for spray bottles around 25-30oz and there's lots of them, but you have to buy them in bulk, if you chose to pay a 'small order' fee, it often ends up at almost $7 a bottle a the least! I wasn't willing to sacrifice the sleek bottle look (because I hate the retail industrial cleaning bottles you can buy at the store) so what I ended up doing was simply going to target and getting 6 method cleaners when they were on price cut (which totaled less than 10 dollars). I then used a few empty milk jugs to store the cleaner from five of them and have since used this jug to refill the one cleaner over the last year. I removed the labels from the remaining empty bottles and used them for my home made cleaners.

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    4. I bought a six-pack of the Glaceau Smart Water for a little over $5. Most sprayers work with these bottles (I re-purposed some of my sprayers from cleaner bottles), they look very similar to the Method cleaner bottles shown in your picture and they're 20 oz. Getting the sticky off was tricky, but soaking in vinegar-soaked paper towels, a scour pad, Dawn, & a little muscle did the trick!

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    5. Just use Goo Gone to remove sticky stuff off your bottles. Works like a charm.

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    6. I've used Heinz brand white vinegar bottles with sprayers that came on cheap bottles from the dollar store. I like that they are glass and a nice shape. It makes my cleaning kit a little heavier, but I haven't broken one yet since they are so strong.

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  2. For some reason it's not posting my name-but I'm Ammie, not a robot!

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    1. I have to say, I'd be pretty impressed if a robot made it's own cleaners =P I actually went on a wild goose-chase looking for simple (but bigger) spray bottles...I'm not a huge fan of the 'industrial' sprayers that office supply stores carried. There are tons of great sites with fun bottles to buy but often have a 'small order fee' because they're designed to sell in bulk. Once you add all that together it was cheaper for me to go buy 5 cleaners from Target (method) combine them in a milk jug (to refill one cleaner, periodically), and use the rest for my cleaners :)

      Just saw you're 'following' me, thanks so much!

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  3. Love this! Does the food coloring not stain surfaces?

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    1. In contrast to how vibrant commercial cleaners are (translates: TONS of food coloring) just the few drops I put in is nothing! You really don't have to add food coloring at all, I decided to for visual reasons :)

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  4. When you say laundry detergent do you mean the liquid form or powder form. And what type and brand do you use that works well? I have made homemade cleaners before but never used laundry detergent, have to try :)

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    1. I use the liquid kind (you could conceivably use powder, but Id recommend boiling the water as to insure it devolves completely). I just so happen to use 'All' in this batch but really anything should work :) Just remember it will adopt the color and scent of the detergent you're using!

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    2. I make my own laundry detergent, would you recommend using that for this cleaner?

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    3. I also make my own laundry soap and I do use it!

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  5. These ingredients are going on my grocery list. The kitchen cleaner I'm using now makes me cough every time I spray it.

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    1. Same goes for me! I love finding new cleaning supplies to try out. There's nothing better than having a house that is so fresh and so clean.

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  6. Thank you so much for the cleaning recipes and the printable~ cleaning made pretty!

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    1. So thrilled, and humbled, that anyone even found them!!

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  7. I would love to know where you get your bottles...if you could post a link that would be great also...I make homemade laundry detergent...would this be ok to use or do you use an over the counter detergent?

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    1. I actually went on a wild goose-chase looking for simple (but bigger) spray bottles...I'm not a huge fan of the 'industrial' sprayers that office supply stores carried. There are tons of great sites with fun bottles to buy but often have a 'small order fee' because they're designed to sell in bulk. Once you add all that together it was cheaper for me to go buy 5 cleaners from Target (method) combine them in a milk jug (to refill one cleaner, periodically), and use the rest for my cleaners :)

      as far as your homemade laundry detergent, that should work great!!! you may want to add essential oils if you'd like to give it scent :)

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    2. I use a homemade laundry detergent but it has borax in it and I read that you shouldn't mix that with bleach. Would regular dish soap work to replace the detergent?

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    3. I found some of the spray bottles at Five Below for $2 a bottle. Not bad and you can get them in an assortment of colors (blue, pink, green, clear, etc.) That is the only place I could find ones which didn't look "commercial". ~Heidi

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  8. Does anyone know if these homemade detergents are ok for a high efficiency washer?

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    1. Yes! As long as you use a soap with low suds like Zote or Fels-Natha.

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  9. Such a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    I featured you on my blog today, feel free to come check it out: http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/07/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-41.html

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    1. I'm incredibly humbled and outrageously excited, thank you so much!

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  10. Found you on Pinterest, was drawn to these pretty cleaners :) hahaha! I'm wondering though, with your multi surface cleaner, what is the difference in that and straight up vinegar? I'm new to the idea of making your own cleaners, and I just discovered how much straight up vinegar can clean! Just curious about the benefit of the other cleaners added to it

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    1. Straight up Vinegar with DEFINITELY do the trick, but there is a theory to this cleaner, the Laundry detergent adds a little bit of scent and obviously a cleaning agent, Ammonia is famous for getting up tons of stains and marks that many cleaners can't and this as well as the rubbing alcohol is also a tough disinfectant. There's definitely a splash of vinegar in here, too because when all of this is added together it makes a mean multi-purpose agent especially when an essential oil is added-which brings me back around to the biggest difference: You get a great cleaner, that's dirt cheap to make, and your house won't smell pickled after your done cleaning ;)

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    2. OH! and most importantly if you experiment, don't ever mix bleach and Ammonia! The resulting fumes and be extremely harmful <3

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    3. I put lemon or orange peels into vinegar and let sit for a month. It smells much better!

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  11. These are great!! Do you have any magical concoctions for granite cleaner? I've read that you can't use vinegar or ammonia (or anything acidic) on granite. Just curious, thanks!

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    1. I don't have anything on hand since I don't have granite countertops so I've never been blessed with the opportunity to need any (a problem I wouldn't mind having!)~ I'd be quick to jump up and think of one but since I have nothing to test it on, it wouldn't make a difference!! hehe :)

      http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/06/diy-homemade-granite-cleaner.html

      Try this link to my fellow blogger Jillee, seems she's got it covered :)

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    2. I also have granite countertops and have been using vinegar liquid from soaked orange peels spray daily and my wonderful standby homemade ammonia cleaning mix spray for tougher cleaning and have found no negative reactions with either one of them.

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  12. Thank you so much, I'm just starting to use homemade cleaners. I'm slowly switching out as my other ones run out. I will have to try some of them. Plus I love the printables.

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  13. I am SO EXCITED to try these! It's 12:30 in the morning and I want to get busy making them now...........I better not!
    Thanks!

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  14. Do you have any solutions/suggestions for pet urine odor in carpets?

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    1. Give this a shot: http://www.dogchatforum.com/dog_urine_odor.htm

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    2. Pine Sol is the best for pet urine odors. It even gets out old stains. We pour the Pine Sol on the stain and allow it to sit for about an hour. then, we suck it up with our carpet cleaner.

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  15. ah! love your printables! your recipes are stuff I already have at home. i just started making my own laundry soap, fabric softener and febreeze. (i was already buying handmade body washes from a friend who sells soap). i'm excited to get ALL the harmful chemicals out of my home!! loving that i can add my own fragrance oils and have my entire home smell like mandarin oranges and cranberries when you walk in! Love the labels so i can label them and my DS12 (who is homeschooled; we do our house blessing together every morning before school)will be able to EASILY see what cleaner he's grabbing and know that he's got the right one for each job. These recipes make enough also that i can fill two sets of bottles. one for upstairs! one for downstairs! YAY! And now we're down to 5 cleaners! All those others can go away!

    now if only someone had a homemade furniture oil....

    thank you so much!

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    1. I found a furniture polish recipe here: http://autumnlists.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/6-reasons-why-my-cleaning-solutions-are-totally-boss/

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  16. I used a method bottle when I ran out for a homemade cleaner, but it was one of the antibacterial cleaners, and now whenever I use my homemade cleaner, it smells like the product that was previously in the bottle... Any ideas for getting the smell out?

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    1. Whenever my tupperware has a funny smell I'll boil some water and add baking soda to it since it eliminates odors-pour it in and let it sit overnight-this should work! I've also heard that Vanilla extract eliminates the odor as well but that stuff is pricy ;)

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  17. I was like you, didn't think that I'd save THAT MUCH if I made my own. Wow were we wrong! I made the Febreze yesterday. A 48 oz bottle of fabric softener was $4.99 (Which is probably more than I should have paid,b ut I was so excited to make my own that I didn't wait until I had coupons. But it was on sale at least!), and then I had bought a box of baking soda for $.49. So the 1 oz of fabric softener cost $.11, and the 2 tbsp of baking soda cost $.02. I didn't count for the water because I don't know how much the water cost, maybe a couple pennies. I reused my Febreze bottle and so I made a new batch for about $.13! I always thought Febreze was expensive, but I would buy it on sale, with coupons. Never bought it for $.13 though! And I think it worked REALLY well!! Thanks! Can't wait to run out of other products so I can make the others!! So exciting!

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  18. Hello and thank you for the recipes. I was so excited and made some of them yesterday. I was having so much fun cleaning (believe it or not! ) I was thrilled with the results. I especially love the glass cleaner. The blessing in a bottle was fantastic for the bathrooms (although it still made me cough a little so you need to have ventilation or fan on). I used both of the cleaners above without gloves and did not have any problems with skin irritation, however the general purpose cleaner really seemed to dry up the skin on my fingers-so I would recommend gloves with that one. That being said, I love my new cleaners and most likely won't be buying any others. Do you have a recipe for a furniture polish by chance??? Thanks again. Dianne

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    1. I use equal parts lemon juice and olive oil for furniture polish...you only need to use a little bit and it looks great when you're done!

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    2. I always hold my breath spray walk out and then go back in -I don't think you should breath in any cleaner

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  19. I can't wait to get started with these cleaners! I just noticed though, that you used white ammonia. I happen to have lemon ammonia on hand. Any idea if it would make a difference? Thanks!

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    1. The only difference I think it may make is that yours will smell nicer than mine!

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  20. Having three dogs and one cat we spend a ton on Febreeze! I would love to make the fabric refresher but am curious about using it on microfiber.

    Has anyone tried it on a dark solid color couch? spotting or bleaching it out?

    Thanks! Lee

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  21. These look awesome! I'm slowly getting into more handmade things, and this is perfect for me. Can't wait to try it!! Have you noticed that it saves you money by making these as opposed to buying commercial cleaners?

    Thanks for the great idea!!

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  22. These are great, thanks so much for sharing the blessings :-)

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  23. This is GREAT!!! Thank you so much for sharing .. this will also make a great "new home" gift for friends!

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  24. I love this!!! I make my own cleaning supplies, but I think I might try your all purpose one. Sounds great. I'd love for you to link this post up on my blog at: http://www.littlerandr.org/2012/06/homemade-cleaning.html

    Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: www.littlerandr.org

    p.s. coming to you from Pinterest.

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  25. when you say 'dawn dish soap' what do you mean actually i'm from the uk and its not sold here.

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    1. It's a brand of dish soap that's especially good with grease ~ use whatever you can purchase at your local market though :)

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  26. love this what size bottles r u using for these recipies

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  27. First of all, love these, thank you so much! I can't wait to mix some up! I do have a question - what is the difference between the "Blessing In a Bottle" and the "All-purpose Cleaner?" I'm just wondering when/where you use the 2.

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  28. I was wondering about your fabric refresher ( I HATE paying so much for it & I really don't like febreeze but love Glade ) what kind of fabric have you tried it on?

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    1. Anything and everything-possibly I'm not cautious enough, but since the base is fabric softener and water (and I'm confident enough in whatever softener I use to run it with my clothes..) I've used it freely on the couches, pillows, chairs, blankets, etc.

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  29. What are you using to measure the ounces?

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    1. Any standard measuring glass should have ounce indicators, if you don't have one you can pick on up at any kitchen supply store-Also using a simple unit converter will help (for instance 1 TBSP is half of an ounce, etc.

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  30. Hi! I found you on pinterest also :) I've been making my own products for a few months now, and I'm excited to try out your recipes soon! For those of you that mentioned furniture cleaner/polish, I use a couple of great formulas that I believe I found on ehow, if I remember correctly!

    Formula for making a spray furniture polish that helps prevent future dust build up:
    *1/3 cup of jojoba, grapeseed, or coconut oil (coconut is my fave)
    *1/2 cup distilled water
    *30 drops lemon essential oil
    *10 drops tangerine, wild orange, or citrus bliss (optional)
    **I use doTERRA essential oils because they are the purest and most potent. Their quality is simply unmatched!! You can learn more about them here: www.mydoterra.com/blissfulessentials

    Combine the water and oils in a spray bottle (glass is best since essential oils don't play well with plastic).

    Be sure to shake well before each use and often during use.

    Basic quick dusting formula:

    Put 10 drops of coconut oil and one drop of any citrus oil directly on a soft dust cloth.

    Hope that helps y'all!

    I've just started a blog, and should have my first post up soon, so please come visit soon!

    Kristen
    www.blissfulessentials.wordpress.com











    Combine the water and oils I a spray

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    1. I have found that good old olive oil is a great furniture polish. I apply it with a soft paper towel, let it sit a while, and then polish with more paper towel. Then I throw the paper towels away, of course. Works GREAT!!

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    2. Wow, I have been using the Blessing in a bottle and Cure All for the last month and I love how these work. The smell is great and they do a fantastic job. We have a solid surface sink the Blessing mix does just the trick for it and stuck on foods. We've use the cure all to clean out our car, great for unknown children substances. I just made the window cleaner have yet to try it out but I have faith it will work just as well. Thank you for the tutorial and I plan on using these recipes from now on.

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  31. Where did you find white ammonia? Can it be found at any local store (i.e. Walmart?)

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  32. I am going to make these cleaners and give them as gifts at Christmas! Thanks for the great recipes!

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  33. The vinegar is still strong for the blessing in a bottle. it works great on the bathroom which was need a good cleaning but it smell like vinegar through my whole apartment now...do you think it would do any harm to use less vinegar and maybe put in some water?

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    1. I used apple blossom dawn and there is no vinigar smell at all.

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  34. These look great and I can't wait to try them! One question, though. What's the difference between "Blessing in a Bottle" and the multi purpose (green colored) one? What would you use one for vs the other?

    Thanks in advance!

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  35. Can you use lemon scented ammonia instead of regular to mask the smell, instead of the essential oil?

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  36. I am very excited to try these recipes. I have recently been on Pinterest and am addicted! I have looked all over for the clear bottles and have found that walmart looks like they have the clear bottles. It does say that it is limited stock and it will probably depend on your local Walmart.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-24-oz-Mister-Spray-Bottle/19583001

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  37. Thank you, will try it :)

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  38. Not sure what I did wrong when making the blessing in a bottle mix, but mine turned to a blue gooo almost bottle exploding mess. It does work great but is so think that it will not squirt out of the bottle and I have to pour a little out each time to use it.

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  39. Well, I had to mix up a just a small patch to figure what went wrong with the first big batch I made and it must of been the Laundry detergent I used in that. The small amount without it turned out just great.

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  40. Love this idea! I like how you mix different 'cleaners' and use essential oils! I currently use Shaklee(c) products to clean my house, but will definitely use some of these recipes with my current Basic H(c) (no bleach or ammonia here) to liven up the cleaning process! I love the idea of making the house smell nice!

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  41. In case people were still wondering about the bottle size:

    The method bottles (that Sarah uses) are 28 oz.

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    1. Close, 24oz It's at the top of the blog post under the warning about mixing chemicals~

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  42. Hi i make my own laundry detergent will that work? it works amazingly on clothes.

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  43. It's fantastic that you are getting ideas from this post as well as from our dialogue made here.
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  44. Love this idea! I make my own detergent and fabric softener as well. I just love going natural, it's affordable and less toxic!


    Frank
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  45. Since the faux febreeze uses softner, have you ever had a problem with it staining since softner is capable of that if not used right in the wash? Also, do you think that downy sprinkles can be used for that recipe?

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  46. LOVE these ideas, and the printables. I'll be mixing a batch tomorrow. I found you through Pinterest and just liked you on facebook so I can keep up with you. Stop by and visit us at www.11magnolialane.com when you have time. Blessings!

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  47. hi! Love the printables! Do you mind telling me what font that is??? TIA

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    1. It's called Mona Lisa Solid ITC TT, isn't it lovely!?

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  48. Just saw this on pinterest, one of my friends pinned it! I am excited to try this! Thanks!

    www.theadventuresofthescottfamily.com

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  49. Do you have an editable printable? My MOPS group is going to make a couple of your solutions but not all of them. I was hoping to use your adorable printables for just the ones we are making.

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  50. I clean houses for a living and always wanted to "start making my own" cleaners. I just made the "cure all" and "blessing in a bottle" and just cleaned my bathroom. I'm happy to say it works! the showerdoors I did have do twice but thats only because everything that I tried before didn't work. Great products and the comments are great too you get a lot of ideas. I'm thinking of christmas gifts :)

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  51. I'm having problems with buildup with the air freshener. Did you have this issue?

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  52. These cleaners are awesome! I made them today and my house is sparkling! At first I was not sure bc the cure all cleaner smells like alcohol but as soon as I was done cleaning with it my house smelled so good bc it was clean and disinfected. Clean smells so much better than sweet smells that are just covering up odors. Who knew! Haha also the fake febreese smells awesome. Thank you so much!

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  53. Just made these for tomorrow's cleaning day. I am so excited to clean with these new cleaners! I bought everything starting from scratch for less than $15. I was amazed. I will be able to make so many more bottles of cleaner than what I used to buy. AND I feel better about what I'm using since I know all the ingredients. Thank you so very much for sharing this :)

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  54. Thank you for posting this. Great tips and so easy. :)

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  55. Thank you for posting this. Great ideas and easy to do.

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  56. Your blog looks fairly informative. I appreciated it. Much valuable material. I read with great interest.

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  57. I am having a heck of a time finding clear bottles. I've tried the dollar store, Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walgreens, Sally's Beauty Supply, and Vitamin Cottage. Any help??!!

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    1. The process of finding cute bottles was not easy, but the way I ended up doing it could not be any more convenient! I looked online for spray bottles around 25-30oz and there's lots of them, but you have to buy them in bulk, if you chose to pay a 'small order' fee, it often ends up at almost $7 a bottle a the least! I wasn't willing to sacrifice the sleek bottle look (because I hate the retail industrial cleaning bottles you can buy at the store) so what I ended up doing was simply going to target and getting 6 method cleaners when they were on price cut (which totaled less than 10 dollars). I then used a few empty milk jugs to store the cleaner from five of them and have since used this jug to refill the one cleaner over the last year. I removed the labels from the remaining empty bottles and used them for my home made cleaners.

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  58. I just made these cleaners yesterday. They are great! Thanks so much for posting and I love the labels! One questions the Blessing in a bottle smells way to much like vinegar for me. Any pointers?

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  59. How do you get the labels to be clear and how are they sticking to the bottles? Maybe they sell clear adhesive printable paper that I don't know of...?

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    1. Clear shipping labels, they're adhesive, and see-through :) if you click on the printable link i shows you specifically which one to purchase so that the printable is accurate

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  60. I made all of your cleaners yesterday. They are awesome. Thank you so much for this. You totally save a ton of money by making your own. I calculated that the "Blessing in a Bottle" costs $1.20 per bottle. The "Window cleaner" cost $0.28 per bottle. The "Air and Fabric Refresher" costs $0.17 and the "Cure-all" costs $0.37. I bought all the items for these at Dollar General including the bottles for $21.00. I did not calculate the Bleach cleaner because I already had it at home. But thank you so much.

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  61. I can't wait to make them! I've been Googling different homemade cleaners and yours are the most attractive of them all! I love how you add food coloring and oils for the color/smell contrast! Super cute!!

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  62. Love your site! Another idea for bottles- I use Niagra Non aerosol spray starch as a wrinkle release (mix half a bottle with water) It smells wonderful works like a charm, and is much cheaper than Downy's Wrinkle Release spray! Anyway, I make two bottles out of one. I use the extra bottles when I refill as cleaner spray bottles. They are a perfect size and are milky white in color

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  63. Thank you for these recipes and the labels and bottle ideas. I will try them! Such a cost-effective AND green solution to cleaning.

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  64. Love this! So now I'm addicted to cleaning. My husband is thrilled! lol. Question: I purchased the method bottles, peeled off the label, BUT found the sticky stuff still stuck! How did you manage to get that off?
    Thanks!!

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    1. I have this stuff I found called "goo-gone" It's my go-to for sticker residue :)

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    2. Thanks...I was just looking for this question, as I assumed maybe others had it; I will try Goo Gone (I think I still have some); when I have tried Goof Off and lighter fluid, which tend to be my go-to things for sticker residue, b/c they work better than Goo Gone, I've found they sometimes etch the bottles (I've used them with e.g., the free birthday products' bottles you get from Aveda if you're on their list). Thank you!

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  65. HELLO ... First of all, I congratulate you on your brilliant ideas .... and tell you that I put into practice ... Now ... I have a unique problem, your talking about a soap recipes Alba, in Italy this brand does not exist, you could describe it so I know that thing replaced? Thank you!

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  66. I mixed up a big batch of the dawn, vinegar and water, sprayed down my gutters and it ALL of the mildew that nothing else would touch off. I did the entire house and looks as if I have new ones. I had bought everything imaginable to try and get the crud off when I had it under my sink all the time!

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  67. First of all, love the window cleaner recipe - that is good stuff!

    Second, am having a major issue with the 'blessings in a bottle' recipe. I followed it exactly, but it is SO very thick/goopy from all that Dawn! And it leaves a slimy film on things, almost like it needs to be rinsed off with water afterwards. Is that normal? Should it really be 12 ounces of Dawn? I have a Method 24 oz bottle, filled it half with Dawn and half with vinegar, but it's just so goopy and slimy. Anyone else had this issue?

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    1. I did. I have the same exact problem with that recipe. I'd love to hear anyone else's response! I want to make my own cleaners, because I am pregnant and I don't want to harsh chemicals.

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    2. Try heating up the vinegar first. It helps to "melt" the dish soap and it seems to incorporate better.

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    3. I think most Dawn products I've seen (I'll look more carefully next time I go to the store, but I have one in the basement I use on grease stains in laundry) are the concentrated kind. I wonder if the recipe is for regular, not concentrated dish soap?

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  68. Thanks for all of these recipes but just wanted to pass along this info...bleach and water solution begins to lose its effectiveness fairly quickly so it is recommended that a fresh batch is made at each use. I would assume that commercial products have something added that stabilizes the solution.

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  69. I love this! I will be making these real soon! I'm always looking for new ways to clean and these are safe and wonderful! Thanks for the post!

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  70. Thank you for these recipes! I just wanted to pass along this info though...bleach/water solution loses its effectiveness fairly quickly once mixed and it is recommended that it is mixed fresh at each use.

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  71. But you are still using chemicals (detergent, amonia, dish soap, alcohol, etc) when you are going to get the same results if you use only baking soda, vinegar, oxigen peroxide, essentials oils, borax, totally organic and safe for your family and pets.

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  72. Domestic cleaning tools are very important because they can make the cleaning process faster and easier. You can use bleach, fresheners, some cleansing agents etc for cleaning your house effectively.
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  73. hello there!
    I am a girl in sweden that saw this pae at Piterest and thougt that I should give It a try. And I have to say I L-O-V-E the Blessing in a bottle! Just cleaned out my stove, the microvawe, the kitchen, bathrooms... Thankyou so much, going to tell about this to all of my facebookfriend now =)

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  74. I found this as a link for natural cleaning. There is nothing natural about these cleaners. I already make my own laundry soap and dishwasher soap from ALL natural products and the end result is inexpensive clean items. I will not return to your blog.

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    1. I apologize for the inconvenience, but nowhere on my blog do I claim these to be 'all natural' cleaners..as said in the post, they are home made. Nowhere do I state that they're all natural, or free of any chemicals. I simply make them at home. I have no control over the fact that a third party incorrectly linked them as such. Happy blogging.

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    2. If you make your own, then why are you seeking out someone else's blog? Or do you just like to complain? RME

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  75. I'm in love with the Blessing in a bottle and the Cure-all, I pretty much use these to clean the bathroom and kitchen and they are amazing. The only thing I did differently was add Downy UNstopables (a little less than half a clap full, in a 32oz spray bottle) and these little beads mask the smell of the vinegar, they also don't change to color of the cleaners and they smell amazing.

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  76. I did the blessing in a bottle but used the pink Dawn with pomegranate splash scent, no need for laundry soap :)

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  77. Love the Blessing in a bottle. Im hooked on it. The only thing i did different was add about 2oz of water didnt like how "soapy" it was. Other then that i didnt change a thing. Again LOVE IT. Thank you for sharing.

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  78. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing these recipes. I'm saving money, my house smells great and I'm actually excited to go clean out my car with the cure-all!
    Right now at Target you can send a text and they send you a $10 off household cleaners if you spend $40. (Text "springclean1" to 827438 on your smart phone, they text you back a link to click that brings up the coupon to use at checkout). Perfect time to get my method bottles and ingredients! Spring cleaning was never so much fun before :o)

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  79. Thanks for sharing tips about making five types of home cleaner on your own. The details will surely help many people in living healthy environment, without buying expensive home cleaning products available in the market.

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  80. WOW!!! I mixed up all but the Blessing in a Bottle last night, as my daughter planned to clean our house today, and she just reported that they work great! She used to clean houses for a living, so her opinion means a lot. THANK YOU!!!

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  81. Thank you for posting these recipes and I applaud your creativeness in figuring out how to get the spray bottles you wanted. Nice job!

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  82. Great post, Sarah! Do you know if these cleaners are environmentally friendly?

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  83. Sounds good, I'll have to give them a try!

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  84. “Congratulations Sarah sue Robinson ! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.”

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  85. Love both your recipes and labels! So sweet! I featured this post on my blog at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/mining-monday-diy-cleaning-products.html
    Can't wait to try all your recipes! <3
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  86. ♥ ♥ ♥ these!!!! They are wonderful! I use them everyday and at this very moment I'm making all of them for my Mom! A note on the bottles: I found really nice ones at the Dollar Tree, they have different colors of sprayers and then today I went to Dollar General and they had a pack of 3 for $2 and they have colored sprayers as well. They are really nice compared to the "commercial looking" one I got at Walmart. Just thought I'd share.

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  87. I really like your great tips. Now to just stick to them. Thanks for the information. Thanks a lot for sharing your information over here.

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  88. I really like your great tips. Now to just stick to them. Thanks for the information. Thanks a lot for sharing your information over here.

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  89. Homemade cleaning recipes are great sarah , liked it very much...
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  90. Thank you so much for these wonderful home made cleaning liquid. I will surely try. Actually my washroom tiles are bit dull and I think the bleach that you have shared it will be use full. Thanks again.

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  91. Love your blog!I love experimenting and trying new things especially DIY's!Thanks for sharing!
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  92. This is superb post...i really appreciating your work..thanks for sharing.....!!!!!!!
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  93. Hey can you use regular ammonia or is white ammonia something special? Thank you I can't wait to try them

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  94. I’ve looked up different sites on the internet for good cleaning products, and NOTHING worked. This sounds promising! Thanks again for sharing.

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  95. Please forgive me if someone has already pointed this out. I love this cute cleaner idea. I own a cleaning company and am looking for ways to make us cute. I do see one possible issue with your products. The products that are clear have opposing products in them. They should never be mixed. If someone were to mix the bottles up and use the first one and then realize their error and switch products and accidentally mix them it could really hurt the person or worse. Never mix bleach and ammonia. I'm sure you know that, but a lot of people do not.

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  96. Hannah AtkinsonSunday, April 21, 2013

    Hi, I found you on Pinterest and have finally made these cleaners this afternoon! I was really excited because I found 12oz colored bottles at the Dollar Tree. So I did the blue bottle for the window cleaner, the green bottle for the Cure All and a pink bottle for the air and fabric freshener. So excited to use chemical free cleaners that cost me pennies!! I had all the ingredients on hand and only had to buy the bottles. Thanks for the recipes. :)

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  97. Thank you for the "recipes" Walmart has the larger spray bottles (24 oz.) with the oz. marked on the sides. They come in clear, yellow tint and green tint for only 93 cents a piece!

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  98. All these type of five cleaners were different to use for different purposes.These are the cheapest and the best cleaners.I like these type of cleaners

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  99. I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this! Write more informative news like this.

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  100. They carry spray bottles at Hobby Lobby!!! ;)

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  101. I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this! Write more informative news like this.

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  102. This was a really informative post. Thank you for posting these tips cleaning can be a huge task, but these tips helped break it down in to simpler steps

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  103. Sarah these formulas look really working, thanks for the post!

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  104. love this idea ! thanks ill keep it in mind as i look for a window cleaning service in Chicago IL. thanks again!

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  105. I am inspired and actually moved by this wonderful post about making my own cleaning supplies. I can't wait to put some together. Thanks!

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  106. When I make homemade cleaners that contain baking soda, the soda clogs the spray nozzle pretty quickly. Anyone else having this issue?

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  107. Mixed up the bleach and cure all last night!!! My Kitchen counters never looked and smelled to clean!!! The vinegar scent evaporates, and all that's left is just a clean smell I can't wait to mix up and use the others!!!

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  108. Mixed up the Bleach cleaner and the cure all last night. My kitchen counters and sink have never looked or smelled so clean!!! can't wait to try the others!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  109. This is my very first time that I am visiting here and I’m truly pleasurable to see everything at one place. WV50

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  110. How do we order these? I always get my window cleaners in San Ramon CA but i really want to try those, they look awesome and it looks like they might work really well too! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. So thrilled, and humbled, that anyone even found them!!

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  113. Thanks for the information. Very useful! I got my spray bottles from Dollar Tree for a dollar each and they work great. I use a lot of household items in my garden and these are the bottles I use for that.

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  114. Darn! My target only has the 28 oz bottles . Well i guess just thats just that much more to clean with. 2.99 ea.

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  117. Not easy at it look, but making it our own sometimes can be a great solution. Thanks for the tips!

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  118. this is an awesome blog about water softeners. this can be used to filter the water. thanks for sharing such an important article with us. all the best. keep on posting.

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  120. Love reading your blog, I learned a lot here.

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  121. Just made my batch of cleaners today and it was so easy! Thanks for providing the cute labels too!!

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  122. All you need for a glass cleaner is1/4 cup vinegar nd water.. nd a few drops of essential oil...experiment people...

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  123. Cleaning is just the method by that soils and stains are removed from various things that's are used in home, office and other by the use of solvents instead of water..

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  124. In the all cure do you have to use ammonia or is there something else you could use?

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  125. you can find 24oz spray bottles at walmart for 92 cents in the lawn and graden section. Very nice quality for under a dollar. Cant beat that!

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  126. Great tips for cleaning houses. My wife really wants to start her own house cleaning business and I'm trying to learn how to do it as well. We've got a few great examples to follow so hopefully we can use some of your tips to save some money.

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  127. Thanks for sharing wonderful knowledge about home maid cleaning. These all products are very beneficial to clean home items and I will try your methods for my home cleaning activities.

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  128. Hi! I made the blessing in a bottle and the cure all and it was great! Can I re-post your blog on a mom's group blog that I'm in?

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  129. Good idea for the labels. When I make a mixture of my own and put it in the cupboard, my husband always asks me what that is and having a label on the bottle will avoid confusion and improper use of the detergent.

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