Farming Advice: Inexpensive Homemade Cleaning Products for the House

Farming advice from MOTHER and her readers, featuring recipes for a number of inexpensive homemade cleaning products to clean your home and save you money.

| June/July 1997

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    Try these recipes. Most work as well as, or better than, the store-bought brands, but are cheaper (sometimes a lot).

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including recipes for these inexpensive homemade cleaning products to save you money. 

Do you want to save some money on household cleaning products? Try these recipes for inexpensive homemade cleaning products. Most work as well as, or better than, the store-bought brands, but are cheaper (sometimes a lot). As a bonus, most are also much more environmentally friendly than their mass-market counterparts.


1/2 cup cornstarch
2 quarts warm water
Clean, soft rags

Dissolve cornstarch in the warm water. Wipe on with a soft cloth or sponge. Use another soft cloth to dry and buff. Don't use this cleaner in direct sunlight or on a hot appliance or the cornstarch will leave streaks.

This product will do a good job for everyday cleaning of other appliances, too.


4 cups warm water
4 teaspoons washing soda*
1/4 teaspoon ammonia
Clean, soft rags

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