Time for Fall Holiday Cleaning

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Cleaning the whole house up has become part of how I get ready for the holidays.  Not having to worry about company stopping by, and the house being a mess, is one less thing on my mind.  I like to make my own cleaning products.  It’s natural, and it saves money, and I know that there aren’t any chemicals that will harm my family.  Here are a few of my basic cleaning recipes:

Glass & Window Cleaner

1/3 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
3 1/2c. water
32 oz. spray bottle

Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle.  Shake well before using.  Spray on windows and/or mirrors and wipe with a crumpled up newspaper (tip:  make sure that you use newsprint that is several days old so that your hands don’t turn black from the ink.  And be sure to recycle the newsprint when done).  This cleaner is virtually streak free!

Wall & Cabinet Cleaner

1 c. clear household ammonia
1 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. baking soda
1 gal. warm water
1 bucket

Combine all ingredients in a bucket.  Stir until baking soda dissolves.  Use to wash down your cupboards and shelves.  Wait until shelves dry completely before placing your items back.

Basic Counter Cleaner/Disinfectant

1/4 c. white vinegar
water
32 oz. spray bottle

Pour the vinegar into the bottle.  Fill the bottle the rest of the way to the top with the water.  Shake to mix.  Spray on your counters in the kitchen and bathroom to clean and disinfect.

Cabinet & Furniture Polish

1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. olive oil
2 c. warm water
storage container

Combine all ingredients in a bowl or container.  pour onto a soft cloth – such as a piece of flannel.  Wipe over the wood cabinets or furniture.  Buff dry with a soft cloth.  You can store this in a glass jar or bottle for later use.

I hope that you use these suggestions to help you prepare your home for the holidays.  They’ll make you feel good about your home, help the environment and help your pocketbook!

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