How to make your own cleaning products

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- This is the time of the year to start saving money and cleaning in a healthier way by making your own cleaning products.

Over the next few weeks I will be showing you how easy and inexpensive it is to clean with safe natural products that you make yourself. The most important thing to remember is to label every product that you make, including the directions for use.

Automatic dishwasher detergent: Combine equal portions of Twenty Mule Team Borax and Washing Soda. Both of these are found in the laundry aisle.

If you have hard water, combine 1 part Borax with 2 parts of Washing Soda. To use: Fill detergent cup.

Dusting furniture polish for varnished wood: In a labeled spray bottle combine: ½ cup of warm water, ¼ teaspoon of lemon oil. Spray a soft cloth with the mixture until it is slightly damp and dust. An old washcloth works great for this.

Toilet bowl cleaner #1: Combine 4 Tablespoons of Baking Soda, 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Pour into the toilet and scrub with your toilet bowl brush. Flush to rinse. This is more of a heavy duty cleaner. It is a mix and use. For heavy soiling, shut the water off to the toilet tank, clean and then turn the water on and flush.

Toilet bowl cleaner #2: Mix ½ cup of baking soda, 1/8th to ¼ cup of Castile Soap (Dr Bonners, any fragrance), and 1 teaspoon of glycerin in a recycled squirt bottle such as one from catsup or mustard. The consistency should be a little runny. Squirt under the rim and scrub, then scrub bowl. May be stored and used up. If it thickens, add more Castile Soap.

Dr. Bonners Castile Soap is found in drug stores and health stores, and glycerin is found in the hand cream section of the drug store.