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6 Homemade Cleaners That Really Work

Instead of buying cleaners, use these natural cleaning products.

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Dishwasher detergent

Mix 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of kosher salt, and ¼ cup of unsweetened lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid (for a dose of citric acid) in an airtight container, and shake. Add 1 tablespoon per load to get dishes shiny.

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Foaming hand wash

The secret is in the pump—not the soap—so never throw out an empty foam dispenser. Refill it with 1 tablespoon of liquid soap or dishwashing liquid and top it off with water.

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Stain remover

Add to a spray bottle 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 2 parts water. Apply to stains before washing. (Speaking of homemade remedies, check out these awesome face masks you can make from things you probably already have in your kitchen!)

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Drain declogger

Pour 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt, and ½ cup of vinegar into the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes; add ½ cup of lemon juice. After 15 minutes, pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain to flush.

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Spray mop solution

Pour 4 cups of hot water, 1 cup of lemon juice, 3 cups of vinegar, and ¼ cup of liquid dish soap into a bucket. Mix thoroughly, then pour the liquid into the spray mop’s container.

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Glass cleaner

Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 cup of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake and then start spritzing.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest