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My favorite homemade cleaner

I'm a fan of making my own cleaners: I hate the way most store-bought cleaners smell, and to be honest, I am a little scared of what's in them. But before I get into my newest (and, I think, best) homemade cleaner, a quick rundown of the older ones:

  • I use baking soda for every scrubbing job.
  • I use a baking soda, borax, and cinnamon mix for cleaning the sink, toilet, and bathtub.
  • I have a rubbing alcohol and vinegar solution for cleaning glass.
  • I use a washing soda, borax, salt, and citric acid mix for the dishwasher.
  • I have a vineagar, borax, and water solution I use as a general-purpose surface cleaner and spot carpet cleaner.

But now I think I've come up with the best general purpose cleaner yet. I use it to clean my whole house!


  1. 8 tablespoons club soda
  2. 4 tablespoons vodka (the cheap stuff: no sense wasting money on top shelf)
  3. the juice of 1/2 lime (reserve the peel)


  1. Combine the ingredients.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add the lime peel.


  1. Pour into small glass container, such as a tumbler glass.
  2. Add 2-3 ice cubes.
  3. Consume.
  4. Repeat until you don't mind cleaning so much anymore.
  5. Clean.

I use this cleaner at least once a week, and it really keeps everything nice and shiny.

Note: For extra cleaning power, have sex first.

2012-06-10 #diy   #recipe