I'm not known for buying a lot of whiz-bang pre-made cleaning products. I tend to be a lot more basic. Most of my cleaning supplies consist of a healthy dose of elbow grease. But there's one product I adore and I've bought it faithfully for years: Formula 409.
The reason is because it's not uncommon in our house to have oily or greasy messes on surfaces (counters, tables), and good ol' Formula 409 cuts the grease beautifully. I'll usually buy it in gallon jugs at a wholesale grocer and refill my old kitchen squirt bottle.
But it always galled me to buy pre-made 409. Don't know why, it just did. But I kept on buying it.
Finally I got smart and looked in my faithful Cheaper and Better book to see if I could make my own 409.
It had a super-dooper simple recipe for "greasy glass cleaner" which I decided to try.
Dish soap and ammonia are the basic ingredients. Notice how battered my dish soap bottle is. That's because it's probably five years old -- I buy dish soap by the gallon and re-fill this smaller bottle for use in the kitchen.
One cup water, half a cup ammonia, quarter-cup dish soap...
A single batch fills my squirt bottle nicely.
I've been using this recipe for several months and it works just as well as 409. Duh, why didn't I do this sooner? I get a lot more mileage out of a gallon of ammonia and a gallon of dish soap than I do from a gallon of Formula409.
I realize this probably sounds hopeless naive to many of you. There are endless numbers of admirable people who have been making their own cleaning products for years, and scoff at the notion of buying any commercially-made items. But for me, this is fairly new territory.
Because of this -- because it's fairly new to me -- what are your favorite homemade versions of commercial cleaning products? Post the recipe and share with everyone.