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All-Purpose Spray Cleaner For Just Pennies

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner For Just Pennies

Here is the formula I use at my home for all-purpose spray cleaning.

It is particularly handy to use this all-purpose spray to get all the baseboard heaters cleaned and free of dust. I like to avoid the fried dust smell that is so unhealthy to breathe.

This spray cleaner only costs 9 cents for 32 ounces, compared to $2.94 for the standard commercial version, and I can vouch for the fact that it works as well. Besides, it is safe to have around children and your own lungs.

Make up a batch of this fantastic all-purpose cleaner and store it in its own spray bottle, using this easy formula:

Basic All-Purpose Cleaner Formula
This formula makes 2 cups of formula, and it works on most types of dirt.

teaspoon washing soda (if you can find it; if not, skip)
2 teaspoons borax
teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water
spray bottle

Combine the minerals, soap or detergent, and water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.
Spritz the area every foot or so, and wipe clean with a clean soft rag as you go. For difficult dirt, spray and leave the cleanser on the surface for five minutes or so before wiping.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:35AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

thanks i mostly use lemons or vinegar neat to slice through limescale and grease

10:55AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013


6:58AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:53PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012


2:59PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

This is cheap but it sure isn't green or clean!

DO NOT USE BORAX if you have pets unless you rinse the area EXTREMELY WELL!
They will lick their paws and ingest it if you use it on floors or any place they go!

Washing soda is scented, so it is NOT non-toxic! It also needs to be rinsed or it will leave a slimy and sticky residue that simply attracts dirt to build up on the surface where it was used.

Using liquid soap or detergent is usually not non-toxic. It also needs to be rinsed or it will leave a slimy and sticky residue that simply attracts dirt to build up on the surface where it was used.

If you want non-toxic efficient cleaning that kills germs, you have to get a live steam cleaner...and they do a most excellent job and leave no residue and the house stays cleaner and disinfected for longer!

7:38AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012


7:28AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Thanks for the info.

2:19AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thank you what a great article.

8:54AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Love these type of tips!

4:41AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

I have all this going to make some!!

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